By Sean Jones: Jaime Munguia called out IBF/WBA middleweight champion Gennadiy Golovkin after his third round knockout of the woefully overmatched fodder-level opponent Gonzalo Coria on Saturday night in a fight that the DAZN commentators were calling a “tune-up” at the Arena Astro in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Munguia knocked Coria down twice, once in the second and final time in the third round before the contest was halted. It looked like Coria could have continued fighting after he was dropped by a left to the body from Munguia in round three, but he didn’t even attempt to get back up.
One would have liked to have seen Coria go out on his shield in the traditional sense, face down on the canvas, or writhing in pain from the body shot. Instead, Coria one knee, looking after the referee as he counted without a hint of pain on his face. The bout was halted at 2:32 of round three.
“This year, we couldn’t do Charlo,” said Munguia. “Hopefully, we can do it next year. I know GGG has no compromise. He’s signed with nobody, and I would love to meet him in May. Golovkin, see you in May.”
Munguia is too needy right now, and he should blaze his trail by beating some talented contenders like Chris Eubank Jr and Carlos Adames before he starts begging for a title shot against GGG.
— DAZN Boxing (@DAZNBoxing) November 20, 2022
If Golovkin is going to give Munguia a title shot after tonight’s performance, it’s going to upset a slew of boxing fans because this is not the type of opponent that one would expect to see from a contender trying to earn a crack at two belts.
It’s unclear where Golden Boy Promotions found Coria (21-6, 8 KOs), but he never stood a chance. Munguia had the size, power, and boxing skills advantage in this one-sided mismatch in the main event on DAZN. Why did they pick Coria for Munguia to fight when there were tons of high-level contenders that he could have fought?
It wouldn’t so disturbing for Munguia (41-0, 33 KOs) to be taking a tune-up right now if he’d been fighting good opposition for the last five years. Still, the problem is, basically every fighter he’s faced fits the description of being a tune-up since his one lone decent opponent, Liam Smith, in 2018.
The latest tune-up, 26-year-old Argentinian Coria (21-6, 8 KOs), was a downgrade from his other recent “tune-ups,” Jimmy Kelly, D’Mitrius Ballard, Gabriel Rosado, Kamil Szeremeta, and Tureano Johnson.
When has Munguia not taken a tune-up is what I’d like to know. He’s been feasting on tune-up opposition since he turned pro nine years ago, and there’s no indication that he wants to change that practice.
Golovkin is 40 years old and looking shot. Heck, he’s a tune-up for Munguiao at this late stage in his career.