Jaime Munguia easily dispatches Johnny Navarrete in three
Junior middleweight contender Jaime Munguia made quick work of Johnny Navarrete Saturday night, scoring a third-round technical knockout at the Arena Jose Sulaiman in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.
The fight was a rematch of their Apr. 29 clash, a fight Munguia won by one-sided decision over 10 rounds.
Munguia was the aggressor from the opening bell. The 21-year-old boxer-puncher, who made his professional debut at the age of 16, walked Navarrete down and trapped him against the ropes.
By the second round, Munguia (28-0, 24 knockouts) was landing repeatedly with counter left hooks and it was that very shot which dropped Navarrete about a minute into the session. Navarrete got to his feet, recovered well and began fighting back.
Midway through the third, a right hand stunned Navarrete and this time the shot had a more telling effect. Munguia followed up with a series of combinations, forcing referee Sergio Hernandez to stop the fight at 2:08.
Munguia, who resides in Tijuana, is ranked No. 9 by the WBC and was named THE RING’s 2017 Prospect of the Year.
Navarrete (33-12-2, 15 KOs) is now winless in his last five bouts.
In a back-and-forth war, flyweight Daniel Valladares (16-1, 10 KOs) stopped Erick Zamora (8-8-3, 1 KO) at 2:26 of the fourth round.
Featherweight Sergio Sanchez won a one-sided six-round decision over Jose Ramon Rodriguez (6-3-2). All three judges scored the bout 60-53 in favor of Sanchez, who improves to (8-0, 3 KOs).
Lightweight Jose Angel Napoles (2-0-1, 1 KO) stopped Julio Salas Chavez (0-2) in the third round. Napoles is the grandson of welterweight champion Jose “Mantequilla” Napoles.
Francisco A. Salazar can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @FSalazarBoxing
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