Former world champ at junior middleweight and Golden Boy Promotions headliner this weekend, Jaime Munguia, will be stepping up in weight and taking on a reputable opponent. And, he wants everyone to know that he doesn’t feel urgency to score a KO Sergey Derevyanchenko.
Munguia spoke recently, in advance of fight week, prior to the Golden Boy show in Ontario, CA, for Saturday night and said of the challenge with Derevyanchenko,
“Derevyanchenko is a tough fighter. He is someone who has gone to the ring and gone the distance with high profile fighters. No one has been able to knock him down and I think this fight and a victory against Derevyanchenko will show everyone that I am ready for any challenge.”
“I am not very worried about what has happened in other fights that Derevyanchenko has been involved in. I do not feel pressure about knocking him out, but I do know that I am going to deliver a convincing victory. I know that I am going to go into the ring and do what I have to do to win.”
Munguia, 41-0, 32 KOs, is the former WBO 154 lb. world champion, having won the title in May 2018 with an impressive knockout over Sadam Ali. He defended the belt five times over the next two years before moving up to middleweight.
The 26 year old Munguia was the long time WBO top middleweight for over two years and was last in the ring in November. That’s when he scored a quick, impressive third round knockout against Gonzalo Coria in front of a hometown crowd in Guadalajara, Mexico. Now, he’ll fight at super middleweight for the first time.
As for the veteran Derevyanchenko, he was last in the ring in July 2022, when he won a unanimous decision victory against Joshua Conley. Derevyanchenko has faced the likes of Gennadiy “GGG” Golovkin, Jermall Charlo, and Daniel Jacobs in world title losses.
Will. he stand up to the Mexican star’s power or might that power be a little less, now moving up another eight pounds in the new division?
We will find out the answers soon enough.