David Benavidez Reveals Why Jaime Munguia Fight Went Quiet
Two-time WBC super middleweight champion David “The Mexican Monster” Benavidez (27-0, 23KO) revealed that former WBO junior middleweight champion Jaime Munguia (42-0, 33KO) backed out of their potential fight.
In June, boxing fans thought a fight between Benavidez and Munguia was on the brink of happening. After overcoming adversity in the biggest test of his career against Sergiy Derevyanchenko, Munguia told Jose Benavidez Sr via cell phone that he was ready to fight his son anytime.
Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya took to social media and expressed excitement about making the fight a reality. After weeks of radio silence, news hit that Benavidez may be facing two-division champion Demetrius Andrade.
WHY DIDN’T THE FIGHT HAPPEN?
Boxing fans were left to wonder what happened. While speaking with the media about the upcoming Andrade showdown, Benavidez explained why the Munguia fight never materialized.
“Originally, we we’re trying to make the fight happen with Munguia, and he backed out last minute. So we weren’t able to make it with him . . . we weren’t able to get Munguia. Now it looks like Demetrius Andrade is going to happen”
Munguia holds the WBC Silver title and is currently ranked #2 by the WBO and WBC. This news is not that much of a surprise. Fans have seen his team walk away from high-profile fights in the past.
Benavidez is coming off a big win over rival stablemate and former IBF champion Caleb Plant on March 25. His mission of getting undisputed Champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in the ring has come up short. Yet, a victory over Andrade should make it hard for Canelo to ignore him any longer.