Last night, super middleweight contender Jaime Muguia (42-0, 33 KOs) was in attendance for a Golden Boy Promotions show down in Mexico, which was streamed live on DAZN. During the show, Beto Duran, who was part of the broadcast team, caught up with the former junior middleweight champion. The question was simple and something that everyone in attendance and watching wanted to know: When are you fighting next, and against who? Munguia did not hesitate and told Duran, “We are considering coming back right around November, but nothing official. We still don’t know against who, but we are working and seeing which is the best fight for us all.” Munguia continued, “We are seeing what comes up, but fighters like (Edgar) Berlanga, (David) Benavidez, or (John) Ryder are my three options. I think those three options are good, and we will approach the one that is ready.”
Those are some exciting names, as Berlanga has been the topic of discussion regarding Munguia. Now that Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez is signed with Premier Boxing Champions, and that doesn’t seem like an option for Berlanga, the next best thing would be to face Munguia, which is a great fight that the fans would tune in for. Although it’s a great fight, I don’t see Munguia being the second fight for Berlanga in his new Matchroom Boxing deal. It’ll probably be a card with both of them on it next in order to hype up their fight in the spring of 2024.
Is Benavidez a long shot? Not necessarily, as a source has revealed to ProBoxTV that Munguia does have the flexibility of fighting on another network if the right opportunity should present itself. As you recall, Benavidez face-timed Munguia after his last fight in an attempt to get the 26-year-old in the ring with him. It’s a tough fight for Munguia and one he probably won’t take, at least not right now.
What about John Ryder? Now that’s the fight I can see Munguia taking next, but he will have to fight Berlanga over that opportunity. It’s the right fight for Munguia if he can land it, and depending on how well he does, the comparisons with the Canelo fight will certainly make its way around. Although Ryder hinted at hanging up the gloves, a payday with Munguia may be enough for him to return one last time.
Who do you think Munguia will choose as his next opponent? Will it be Berlanga, Benavidez, or Ryder? It’ll be interesting to see who he faces and how he looks in any of those three matchups.