Undefeated highly ranked middleweight contender Jaime Munguia (38-0, 30 KOs) walked through fire to defeat former two-time world title challenger Gabriel Rosado (26-14-1, 15 KOs) by a 12 round unanimous decision in a thrilling war on DAZN at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.
The 25-year-old former WBO 154-lb champion Munguia had too much firepower than the 35-year-old Rosado and that was the difference in the fight.
While Rosado always looking for the perfect counter shot to try and score a knockout, Munguia was like a machine gun in firing off 4, 5 & 6-punch combinations.
Munguia was able to fire combinations repeatedly, which kept Rosado bottled up and unable to get his shots off the way he needed to for him to have a chance of winning.
The judge’s scores were 118-110, 119-109, 117-111.
After the fight, Rosado complained about the scoring, believing that it was a lot closer than the wide scores handed down by the judges.
Munguia said he would like to challenge Gennadiy Golovkin for his IBF middleweight title next.
Welterweight Alexis Rocha (18-1, 12 KOs) looked like a machine tonight in throwing nonstop power punches to wear down a game but limited Jeovanis Barraza (22-2, 15 KOs) in stopping him in the ninth round in the co-feature bout.
The time of the stoppage was at :33. The fight should have been stopped a few rounds earlier but Barraza landed shots at the right moments to keep the referee from halting it.
Undefeated middleweight D’Mitrius Ballard (21-0, 11 KOs) put in a great performance in beating a tougher than expected Paul Valenzuela Jr. (26-9, 17 KOs) by a 10 round unanimous decision. The scores were as follows: 98-92, 98-92, and 98-92.
WBA Continental America’s lightweight champion William Zepeda (24-0, 22 KOs) battered an over-matched John Moralde (24-5, 13 KOs) in stopping him in the fourth round. The time of the stoppage was at the 1:59 mark.
In female flyweight action, Arely Mucino (30-3-2, 10 KOs) had to get off the deck in the ninth round to defeat Jacky Calvo (14-7-2, 1 KO). by a nine round split decision. The judge’s scores were 96-93, 96-93 for Mucino, and 96-93 for Calvo.
#1 WBC, #1 WBO Munguia (37-0, 30 KOs) needs a win tonight to keep him in the pole position to challenge champions Jermall Charlo or Demetrius Andrade.
Although Munguia, 25, is a former champion at 154 in holding the WBO strap from 2018 to 2020, he fought mostly lesser opposition. The only decent opponent Munguia fought was Liam Smith, who isn’t a major player any longer in the division nowadays.
A loss Munguia will destroy his hopes to fight for the world title against IBF champ Gennadiy Golovkin, Charlo, or Andrade. It’s believed that the guy that Munguia wants most of all to fight for a world title is 39-year-old Golovkin.
That’s a possibility if Golovkin doesn’t get a chance to fight Canelo Alvarez next year. Munguia would be ideal for Golovkin to get a nice payday after he faces WBA middleweight champion Ryota Murata on December 29th in their unification fight in Japan.
Munguia vs. Rosado undercard:
Alexis Rocha vs. Jeovanis Barraza
D’ Mitrius Ballard vs. Paul Valenzuela Jr.
William Zepeda vs. John Vincent Moralde
Arley Muncino vs. Jacky Calvo
Diego De La Hoya vs. Jose Santos Gonzalez
Alejandro Reyes vs. Osmel Mayorga
Jorge Chavez vs. Gilberto Aguilar
What time is Munguia vs. Rosado?
Tonight on Saturday, November 13th at 9:00 ET/6:00 p.m. PT, the Munguia vs. Rosado card will start. The main event between Munguia and Rosado likely won’t take place until after 11:00 p.m. ET.
The location of the event is at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.
It’s difficult to predict how Munguia will do in this fight because he’s looked so poor in many of his fights. He has a lot of power, but he gets tagged a lot.
Munguia clearly deserved a loss in his fight with Denis Hogan in Mexico in April 2019. Hogan is one of the better guys Munguia has fought during his career, and he had a lot of problems in that fight.
Rosado (26-13-1, 15 KOs) comes into the fight as a live underdog, coming off a big third round knockout win over Bektemir Melikuziev. That was a fight in which things looked bad for Rosado in the first two rounds, as he’d been knocked down by Bektemir and looked overmatched against the young 26-year-old Uzbek.
In the third, Rosado ended things abruptly by knocking the ‘Bully’ Bektemir out with a big right hand to the head that poleaxed him.
Before facing Bektemir, Rosado had arguably been robbed in 12 round split decision defeat at the hands of Daniel Jacobs in November 2020.
Former WBO junior middleweight champion Jaime Munguia is facing his toughest career test tonight when he battles veteran Gabe Rosado live on DAZN at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.