Munguia vs Inoue: WBO Title Bout Set

Jaime Munguia will make his third title defense in January

2018 was a breakout year for Jaime Munguia. The 22 year-old, Munguia splashed on the boxing scene in May, destroying Sadam Ali in an eye-opening performance to win the WBO Jr. Middleweight world title.

Munguia followed that up two successful title defenses. First, a unanimous decision win over Liam Smith in July. Second, a 3rd round knockout win over Brandon Cook in September.

3KingsBoxing has learned Munguia will kick off his 2019 campaign with a title defense against Takeshi Inoue January 26.

The locale has yet to be finalized, however, California or Texas are the final possibilities.

In a meeting with the Mexico City press earlier this week, Munguia stated:

“I think he is a good opponent.Unbeaten, Japanese, we know that the Japanese always go with everything. They are like Mexicans, they die in line. We have to be careful with him, but we have studied and I think I can win.”

Ranked #3 by the WBO at Jr. Middleweight, Inoue (13-0-1, 7KO) is not associated with the famed Inoue brothers Naoya and Takume.

Inoue is a rough, awkward, and rugged physical fighter. Unheralded as an amateur without too much fanfare, the 28 year-old fighter from Tokyo earned his world ranking by cleaning out the junior middleweight ranks on the domestic and regional scene.

In the process, capturing the Japanese, OBF, and WBO Asia Pacific titles in 2017. This will be his first attempt at capturing a world title.

By: Michael Wilson Jr.

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