WBO junior middleweight champion Jaime Munguia (34-0, 27 KOs) stayed unbeaten with a 4th round knockout win over challenger Patrick Allotey (40-4, 30 KOs) last Saturday night on DAZN at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California. Munguia dropped Allotey three times in the fight before the match was stopped in round 4.
Two of the knockdowns occurred in round 3, and the final in round 4. The fight was stopped at 2:18 of round 4. The win for Munguia was his 5th successful title defense of his World Boxing Organization junior middleweight title that he won last year.
The fight resembled a game of cat and mouse from the start to the finish, considering that Allotey showed no desire to stand in front of the hard hitting Munguia. With the huge disparity in size between the two fighters, one can’t blame Allotey for not wanting to be stationary against Munguia.
Munguia had trouble catching up the elusive Allotey
There were a lot of swings and misses for the 22-year-old Munguia, as his opponent Allotey proved to be quite elusive and hard to catch. The combination of head movement and the mobility of the 28-year-old Allotey, gave Munguia problems when it came to him landing his shots. Nevertheless, Munguia didn’t decrease the power on his shots. He continued to load up with everything he had to score a knockout. In round three, Munguia caught Allotey with a big shot that put him down. Moments later, Munguia dropped Allotey for a second time. From there, it was all down hill for Allotey. He looked scared hurt, and not interested in fighting back.
Munguia say he’ll likely move up to 160
“It was a process working him and breaking him down. When I knocked him down with a body shot he was breathing heavy,” said Munguia, “I hope he is well and I wish him a speedy recovery and the best. I will talk to my team and think about what’s next,” he said. “I can’t tell you right now who my next opponent will be. I will likely move up to 160, have two fights and see if we can fight for a world title. [Trainer Erik] Morales made me think more in the ring. He has a lot of experience. I give Erik and my whole team credit for this victory.”
It’s quite possible that Munguia will stay at 154, and continue to defend his WBO title for a little longer. He’s got the ability to hold onto the belt for another year or two depending on the level of opposition he faces. Dennis Hogan wants a rematch with Munguia after losing to him by a controversial 12 round decision last April. Munguia needs to deal with the controversy surrounding his win over Hogan. There’s also #1 WBO Carlos Adames that Munguia can fight. He would be a tough opponent for Munguia, but it’s a winnable fight for him. Adames likes to stand and trade, so Munguia wouldn’t have to go looking for him. Hogan and Allotey were runners, and that made it tough on Munguia to get his shots off against them. Munguia showed a lot of improvement last night in dealing with the movement from Allotey. This was the same type of movement that Hogan used, and Munguia looked confused against him.
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