Jaime Munguia has been visibly affected by weight struggles in his last few bouts.
At a recent press conference where Munguia announced his next fight, a September 14 title defense against Patrick Allotey, Munguia made it clear that he is ready to move north.
154 pounds has many potential mega matchups against the likes of Jermell Charlo, Jarrett Hurd, Julian Williams and Tony Harrison. But, Munguia simply has outgrown the division.
While there would have been potential unification fights against WBC titleholder Tony Harrison or IBF/ WBA titleholder Julian Williams in 2020, should he defeat Allotey, Munguia has decided to move up in weight.
“I would like to face those fighters, but the [Allotey] fight will be my last at 154 pounds,” said Munguia to a pool of reporters (via Boxing Scene). “We are moving up and competing at 160 pounds.”
While Munguia has made four title defenses already, he’ll leave a less-than-stellar resume at 154 pounds. In his defense, Munguia has been learning on the job and at the tender age of 22 he’ll be able to learn at a slower pace at 160 pounds and not be pressured by the champion tag.
What would be good from a learning standpoint would be to get acclimated at Middleweight and slowly increase his level of opposition. Munguia is young and Golden Boy would be smart not to rush him into a beating against a more experience fighter.