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Monster Munguia aiming for Dennis Hogan knockout

Jaime Munguia [32(26)-0] says he is going entertain his home fans by trying to knock out Ireland’s Dennis Hogan in Mexico on April 13th.

The Mexican puts his WBO light middleweight on the line against his mandatory challenger in his home country next month and is eager to put on a show in his first fight at home since becoming world champ.

The Golden Boy and Zanfer fighter, who has been in Hogan sights since he dethroned Sadam Ali last year, insist he will try and “find the KO” to appease a bloodthirsty following at the Arena Monterrey.

However, despite having a knockout desire, the giant 22-year-old believes Australia-based lilywhite Hogan [28(7)-1(0)-1] will prove a tough test.

The Kildare fighter, who started out at light middleweight, is full of confidence and is already in North America acclimatising in Los Angeles.

Munguia, who has been earmarked as a possible future Canelo Alvarez foe, points out ‘The Hurricane’ brings massive experience and hunger to the ring.

The Tijuana boxer noted how “I have an excellent rival in front me, very strong and very experienced. So let’s see what comes with that.”

“I think he is going to come with everything. He wants to take away the title, we’re going to keep it here. That’s how it is in Mexico.”

“Let’s find the K.O, ” said the champion before promising the local fight fans an entertaining fight.

“I always like to promise them a great fight. I like people to be entertained and when they pay for a show they get it. I promise you a great fight and thank you very much for your support. “

Having impressed in winning the title and in defences against Liam Smith and the overmatched Brandon Cook, Munguia looked somewhat lacklustre last time out.

Indeed, his 12-round points win overĀ Japan’s Takeshi Inoue in January had people questioning the hype or at the very least suggesting his time at 154lbs was done.

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However, the Mexican, who walks around at about 190lbs, claims that his third successful defence was an experience he learnt from and one that has helped him improve.

Munguia described how “we are in preparation, we have not stopped training since the last fight. Try to keep improving, to correct past mistakes, I think we are doing very well.

“You learn after each fight, they are great experiences after a difficult fight against Inoue, it left me a lot of experience. In the gym practice and practice every day, I think that is what makes you bigger. ”

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Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sports for a living for over 20 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: editoririshboxing@gmail.com