Liam Smith Looking to Take WBO 154-pound Title from Jaime Munguia

Ruben Hill
July 24, 2018

Former world champion Liam Smith of England and unbeaten top-ranked contender Rafael Mensah of Ghana each attempt to dethrone undefeated world boxing champions in a Saturday card at Las Vegas. Munguia's size and power advantage took a toll on Smith about halfway through the fight, but Smith continued to provide Munguia with a tough challenge.

The 29-year-old has the opportunity on Saturday at the Hard Rock Cafe in Las Vegas to create his own musical score by winning back the World Boxing Organisation light-middleweight crown he lost to Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, this time against another Mexican in rising 21-year-old star Jaime Munguia. Meanwhile, Smith will try to prove he still has what it takes to be a champion.

There hasn't been much talk of Jaime Munguia until April of this year when he was named as a possible step in opponent for Gennady Golovkin on May 5. The Nevada commission wouldn't license the fight, even though Munguia was willing.

Fans can expect the Mexican-born fighter to attack Smith with no intentions of taking his foot off the gas. Munguia should use his speed and his size to overwhelm Smith, much like he did Ali. The question is: can Smith weather the early storm Munguia will likely bring?

At only 21 years of age Munguia (29-0, 25 KOs) became a world champion when he stepped in as a late replacement for Liam Smith against WBO junior middleweight champion Sadam Ali and knocked him out to capture the world title in a big upset.

But once Munguia started to land those shots, he quickly got confident and took control of the fight quickly.

He has also been a pro fighter for nearly three years longer, the 21-year-old just passing the fifth-year anniversary of his debut. He hurt him again three rounds later with a hook to the body. "He hasn't faced anyone as good as me, or as strong".

Smith's only loss was to Alvarez, as he holds a 26-1-1 record with 14 KO's. A win against Munguia would certainly be the biggest of his career, despite being a former champion.

He explained: "I did a boxing bucket list and fighting for a world title in Las Vegas was one of the very last things on it and that is what I am doing".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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