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Jaime Munguia puts ferocious beating on Sadam Ali, stops him in four

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May

Jaime Munguia took the WBO junior middleweight title from Sadam Ali with a brutal, four-round beatdown on Saturday night at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, New York. The bout was the headliner of an HBO “World Championship Boxing” broadcast.

Ali was defending the belt he won in what was supposed to be a retirement party for Miguel Cotto but wound up being THE RING’s 2017 Upset of the Year when Ali won a unanimous decision. The Brooklynite was attempting to show that the upset was more about him than an aging Cotto.

Munguia, meanwhile, came in attempting to justify the hype around him, including recognition as THE RING’s 2017 Prospect of the Year.

But the struggle for validation didn’t last long. The larger Munguia (29-0, 25 KOs) floored Ali (26-2, 14 KOs) with a left hook about a minute into the opening round, and a right hand scored another knockdown a minute later. A dazed Ali stumbled through the final seconds and made it to the bell.

Ali worked his way back into the fight in Round 2, but was floored again at the end of the session. It was painfully clear his speed and skills would not be enough to overcome Munguia’s power, and a corner stoppage would have been completely justified at that point. Ali’s heart was equally evident, though, and he continued to do what he could to win.

Before Round 4 there was some obvious disagreement over whether or not to let Ali come out for another round, but the ringside doctor let the fight continue. The fourth and final knockdown drew an immediate stoppage from the referee.

 

  • Chris Stans

    Dear lord that was brutal, good thing the ref called it off cuz Ali had too much heart for his own good.

    • Stephen M

      Ali had nothing left. That last punch that put him down didn’t seem like much.

      • Chris Stans

        Hurd vs Munguia would be ridiculous. Almost guaranteed foty contender

        • Stephen M

          Must see TV.

        • Left Hook2

          I thought the same thing!

      • mikescapes

        Hi Stephen,
        He had nothing before the fight started. He was a plump little Junior Middleweight fighting above his natural weight class. Was he even rated as a Welterweight? He beat a so far over the hill Cotto that he couldn’t even look back and see the hill. I/m/o, Ali was never really championship calibre. Yeah, he had the belt, but it was a pawn shop loaner.

        Stans thinks he had too much heart. I don’t know about that. Sounds like Max Kellerman hyping a one -sided fight. Fighters are trained to get up after a knockdown. And it’s an instinctive reaction most of us (not me) have. They may throw a couple of punches but it’s also part of years of training.

        • Stephen M

          I didn’t have a high opinion of Ali. Still, Ali beat Cotto just three months after Cotto kicked the living crap out of Kamegai. RinG and ESPN had Ali at #4 and Transnational at #9. I don’t think many people expected Ali to get steamrolled like that…

  • Lee McGuire

    If you’re Ali’s trainer, how the f do you let your fighter continue when he don’t even know what round it is?

    • Ten Count Toronto

      In some rare cases it’s worth the gamble for one or two rounds if either fighter has more than enough power to end it ( or maybe the opponent’s chin is even more suspect than your fighter’s ) but those calculations clearly didn’t apply here.

    • Stephen M

      Whoever it was on Ali’s team that picked Munguia as an opponent must be kicking himself this morning.

  • Gian Torres

    These fools at my place were taking shots every time the commentators mentioned Munguia’s size advantage and couldn’t keep up and fill the glasses fast enough but also couldn’t drink that many shots!!! LOL!

    Commentators- 1 Drunk Mexican boxing fans – 0

  • Stephen M

    I really like Munguia. He is an aggressive
    guy with some nice skills. That was some nice skillful seek and destroy. Can he hang with Charlo and Hurd?

    • Frank-dogg

      I’m not sold on Munguía getting the W against Charlo or Hurd just yet, or at least not until Munguía gets in the ring with a quality or a real jr. Middleweight. Maybe Liam Smith, Jack Cuclay, Julian Williams, or even Patrick Texiera are all top 15 in the WBO rankings and can give Munguía some quality rounds, before he decides to unify.

      • Stephen M

        It’s hard to tell off of that win but he sure has me excited to see more. I think he would stop Smith. A fight against Williams would be fun.

        • Frank-dogg

          I totally agree. I’m joining the bandwagon as of yesterday. I agree as well on him stopping Liam. It would also be fun if he gets in the ring with Tony Harrison. I’ll be banging my drums for either of those fights to happen.

  • JA

    “Round 12 coming up.”
    – “It’s round 3”
    “Yea, round 3.”
    -“He’s a champion, he’s good”
    Awful display by the corner and while the ref finally called it off, I don’t think he HAS to abide by the doctor since he waived it off as soon as Ali’s ass hit the mat in the 4th.

  • Gian Torres

    This fight showed how shot Cotto was vs Ali because there’s no way the following adds up:

    Munguia is way better than Ali. Ali outboxes and hurts Cotto even before bicep tear= Ali’s better than Cotto = Munguia is immeasurably better than Cotto = Munguia is an ATG P4P Top 20????

    • Ten Count Toronto

      Even the already degraded Cotto from the Trout fight would have handled Sadam, though probably not with this much physicality.

      Jeff Horn might be in for a similar reality check, though probably not so quickly & suddenly.

      • Gian Torres

        Agree, and let’s not forget Ali got brutalized by an average jr welter(Vargas). I believe that puts this and the Cotto fight in better perspective.

      • Left Hook2

        I wonder if getting rocked in the first round just out Ali in a haze

    • LOMATARD

      Cottos retired. move on

  • Ten Count Toronto

    Getting blocked out of the GGG fight might have been the best break Munguia ever got! Although I believe that on youth & energy alone he would have lasted and resisted longer than Martirosyan, in the long run this is much better for his career.

    On the other hand, there goes Kell Brook’s ticket to an easy Jr,Middleweight belt.

    • ceylon mooney

      yea…dam…i doubt kell can hang with this dude

      • Paul Villanueva

        Cristal Chin Brook with this guy, I dont belive he can handle one big punch from Munguia’s

        • Mike Hatcher

          Word Munguia is a Huge Puncher @54 and the scary part is he’s only 21 & going to get better. Extremely Heavy Handed fighter

  • Oc

    That was ferocious…once Ali got caught in the first round he never recovered and stayed in on heart alone. Munguia is a full-bodied monster at 154, don’t let the size and strength distract you from his excellent punch accuracy and shot selection though, the kid can box some for sure.

    • Stephen M

      Can’t wait to see him again. I wonder who they fight?

      • Rick

        They should put him in with Charlo or Hurd, at least they’re all about the same size. That’s probably the only way to see what he’s really got. That dudes gonna kill somebody fighting guys like Ali.

        • Stephen M

          Hurd vs Munguia would be brutal! Where do I sign up?

        • chickenstock

          But early. Maybe Harrison or jrok first… Another confidence and experience builder. Then a top dog.

          • ceylon mooney

            dontnthink williams will fare
            much better

          • Left Hook2

            Please not ishe smith..

      • Rick

        Didn’t see your comment below but I can’t see Munguia staying at 154 too long.

      • Oc

        Beefy Smith would be a good start. That boy is better than most think and would let us better gauge the kid.

        • Stephen M

          Smith will be a good fight. I am one of the “most” and think Munguia will batter him. But I’m often wrong…

          • Oc

            Getting stuff wrong, that’s a problem we share then.

            Munguia wins that fight but Beefy gives him resistance…there are bigger tests out there for the kid but for the first defense, Beefy is a good one.

  • Teddy Reynoso

    This Mungia guy could really be something other than a young undefeated upstart junior middleweight who gained some note as an ex future challenger for Triple G.
    But again we can not read more into his brutal kayo of Saddam Ali for the latter’s WBO 154 lbs belt.
    It was Saddam’s only second fight at junior middleweight counting his title winning fight over the old and faded Miguel Cotto. He previously fought mostly at welterweight where he suffered his first career defeat also by brutal stoppage to Jessie Vargas who was essentially a blown up super lightweight.
    Mungia will need more seasoning before he could be pitted against the likes of Hurd and Charlo.
    But it would be interesting to see him go up against Martirosyan.

  • chickenstock

    Just caught the highlights. Ali had the snot bashed out of him. My word. This kid looks ace. Bad news for old Brook!

    • Stephen M

      Munguia passed the eye test and a bit more yesterday.

  • Canek

    For his size he makes JMW rather eary, just like Hurd. They need to put him back on HBO as soon as possible against a voluntary defense, than feed him Beefy Smith.

  • Rude Boy

    I want to see Munguia vs Lubin or J-Rock before he even think about Hurd or Charlo.

  • James Otis

    I think maybe Ali had planned to give Cotto his retirement fight, a good payday, and then return to his real WW weight class. Problem was, he won the darn belt and had to stay and defend it. Got to give Ali his props for defending against a Light Heavyweight. Munguia weighed 172 before fight. No silly catch-weights. He fought and defended against a fighter that could make the true weight limit. No freezing out bigger fighters by rigging the scales.

  • A Guy Who Owns A Coffee Table

    A welterweight got knocked out by a light heavyweight, who could have guessed?

    • PrinceGian

      Certainly looked that way.

  • Ignacio Ortiz

    Andre Rozier was incompetent last night he should be fired for sending Ali back out when he was getting his ass kicked for no reason!! Ali needed to be saved from himself and instead they did him dirty by letting him keep fighting! SMDH!

  • PrinceGian

    Finally got to see the replay on youtube. Not to take anything away from Munguia but I thought I was watching a fight between a welterweight and a supermiddleweight. Ali had no chance of winning this fight, either he has very heavy bones for his size or Munguia has bones made of carbon fibre. I actually felt bad for Ali, he threw punches that had little effect and could not match Munguia’s power or strength.

    • Left Hook2

      Agree..but they both made weight..

      • PrinceGian

        I don’t know if I can put much stock anymore into what fighters weigh in at. In a lot of recent fights (GGG vs Jacobs; GGG vs Canelo; etc.) there seemed to be an obvious discrepancy between the way a certain fighter looked at weigh-in and the way they bulked up fight night. There seems to be ample time between the weigh-in and the fight to increase your size/weight. Not saying this is what Munguia did though.

        • Will Alfa

          On fight Night Munguia was 170 lbs to 169 of Ali, no weigh discrepancies here guys, also the day of the weigh in Munguia weighed less than Ali at 152.5 to Ali’s 153.9.

  • Left Hook2

    Embarrassed that the NSAC would allow Munguia to fight such a no-hoper…

  • BGCH

    Besides 2017 Ring Magazine prospect of the year not too many people thought Munguía could pull this one off, specially by destruction of the champion Saddam Alí who i believe was the most surprised of all after saying that he believed he was in another level, i don’t think he underestimated Munguía he just got caught really good too early in the fight and couldn’t recover, agressive plans from Munguía and his manager Fernando Beltrán to try to clean out the division, let’s see how willing are Charlo and Hurd to face this 21 years old kid in the near future, the longer they wait is going to get worse because this kid is only going to get better, is hard to believe how time travels so fast, we had the young champions at 154 pounds Charlo and Hurd that are 27 years old and all in the sudden we get this kid becoming champion of the world at 21 years old, GGG was still considered a fire breathing monster last week and now it seems that next year he will be an old man fighting Munguía if he survives Canelo in September, the show must go on.