On Saturday night, we will see the return of Mexico’s own Jaime Munguia (41-0, 33 KOs) as he steps up in competition to face Sergiy Derevyanchenko (14-4, 10 KOs) live on DAZN. The Munguia experiment is past its trial phase, and if he ever wants to get a Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez fight, he needs to look impressive against the next level of competition.
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH; JAIME MUNGUIA STARTS FACING HIGHER QUALITY OPPOSITION STARTING ON SATURDAY
Munguia is an interesting fighter as he is heavily criticized for not taking the hard fights, but people still rush to the box office to purchase a ticket and see him fight. Outside of the ring, it’s hard not to like the guy, as he is a fan-friendly fighter. There have been many fights where I’ve personally witnessed him hanging out in the stands with fans spending hours taking photos and signing autographs. You would think it's automatic regarding fighters, but it really isn’t, even though those people justify your pay. Munguia understands this hence why he makes the time, but even those that love him have run out of patience. He’s heard all of the chatter, so he answered the call by taking this fight.
Munguia has to really show how tough he is and how far along he has come with his boxing abilities. Munguia will have to work the body and wear down his 37-year-old opponent but also be smart and not get caught in lengthy exchanges. Munguia can make this an easy or hard fight, but something tells me he will throw caution to the wind to appease the bloodthirsty fans in attendance.
DOES SERGIY DEREVYANCHENKO HAVE ENOUGH LEFT TO BEAT JAIME MUNGUIA?
Derevyanchenko has been as tough as they come, but the sand in the hourglass is running out. He can still give the best of them a run for their money, but I don’t see that happening on Saturday. Even if Derevyanchenko gives Munguia a run for his money, he isn’t coming out of the Toyota Arena in Ontario, CA, with a decision victory. He will have to knock out Munguia, which will likely not happen. What will happen is that he will give Munguia a tough fight but not an overly complicated one.
To try and win this fight, Derevyanchenko will have to force Munguia into a firefight which shouldn’t be hard to do. When he does, Derevyanchenko must leverage his punches as much as possible and land an uppercut or a left hook over the top, as Munguia isn’t the most defensive fighter. If Derevyanchenko can do this, we may see if Munguia’s chin is as solid as we think.
JAIME MUNGUIA VS. SERGIY DEREVYANCHENKO PREDICTION
Although Derevyanchenko is as tough as they come, the mileage has caught up to him, and each fight has taken more and more from him. I don’t see Munguia knocking him out, but he will come away with a unanimous decision victory which will be impressive enough to demand an even bigger fight.
MUNGUIA VS. DEREVYANCHENKO BETTING ODDS
Currently, BetOnline.ag, Jamie Munguia is the favorite at -550 (Over 10 ½ rounds -165), while Sergiy Derevyanchenko is the underdog at +375 (Under 10 ½ rounds +135).
MUNGUIA VS. DEREVYANCHENKO FIGHT DATE, START TIME
- Date: Saturday, June 10
- Time: 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT
- Main event ringwalks (approx): 11 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. PT
These timings could change due to the length of the undercard fights.
WHAT CHANNEL/STREAM IS JAIME MUNGUIA VS. SERGIY DEREVYANCHENKO?
- U.S.: DAZN
- UK: DAZN
JAIME MUNGUIA VS. SERGIY DEREVYANCHENKO FIGHT CARD
- Jaime Munguia vs. Sergiy Derevyanchenko; super middleweights
- Shane Mosley Jr. vs. D'Mitrius Ballard; super middleweights
- Mariana Juarez vs. Mayeli Flores; super bantamweight
- Ricardo Rafael Sandoval vs. Rocco Santomauro; flyweights
- Jorge Chavez vs. Christian Lorenzo; featherweights
- Anthony Saldivar vs. Jerome Clayton; super welterweights