A fight between former WBO junior middleweight champion Jaime Munguia 36-0 (29) and pound-for-pound king Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez 55-1-2 (37) is “inevitable”.
The 24-year-old Munguia of Tijuana, who has had two fights fall over recently, sees a fight against IBF middleweight champion Gennadiy Golovkin 41-1-1 (36) in his immediate future and an all-Mexican clash with Alvarez down the track.
Munguia was scheduled to face Maciej Sulecki on April 24 before the Polish fighter withdrew with an injury. His replacement D’Mitrius Ballard reportedly suffered an injury too.
Munguia, who will return on June 19 at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas against an opponent to be named, claims he would love to face fearsome puncher Golovkin and doesn’t know why early negotiations for the fight fell apart.
“I don’t know,” Munguia said to DAZN. “We’ve had many opportunities to make a fight. It hasn’t been done for whatever reason. But I think he would be willing to.
“I’m very interested in that fight and since I want to be considered one of the best, I would like to fight him.
“Hopefully, we could have it by the end of this year or beginning of next year.”
Another option Munguia is keen to pursue is a shot at undefeated WBC middleweight champion Jermall ‘Hit Man’ Charlo 31-0 (22).
“We are very close to a world title shot. We’re at the top of all the sanctioning body organisations,” Munguia said.
“I’m number one in the WBC. We’re available and willing to fight any of the world champions. Hopefully, we get it this year. If not, we’ll wait.
“My priority is to give good fights to the people. Give a great fight, so people can keep recognizing me as one of the top fighters in the division.”
WBC and WBA super middleweight champion Alvarez is set to face WBO counterpart Billy Joe Saunders 30-0 (14) at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on May 8.
If successful, he is expected to square off with IBF champion Caleb ‘Sweethands’ Plant 21-0 (12) in a four-belt unification bout in September.
Munguia can see himself moving up in weight to face the popular 30-year-old.
“We’re the best fighters from Mexico, so there is a great possibility,” said Munguia, who is trained by Mexican boxing legend and Hall of Famer Erik Morales.
“I’m not going to say in the close future, but maybe in the long future. Maybe after two years. If I keep working and he keeps working and we keep being the best fighters from Mexico, I think it’s going to be inevitable.
“I think the fans are going to keep asking and we’re going to have to give it to them. But for right now, I have no rush. I’m happy that both of us are representing Mexico, we both have great careers and I’m happy with that for now.”