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  • Ringside at the Turning Stone: Munguia Demolishes Sadam Ali

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    BY MATT ANDRZEJEWSKI

    VERONA, NY -- Jaime Munguia (29-0, 25 KO’s) announced his presence on the world stage by dominating and stopping Sadam Ali (26-2, 14 KO’s) to win the WBO 154-pound title. After scoring three knockdowns in the first three rounds of the fight, Munguia finished Ali with a pinpoint left hook to the jaw in round four.

    Munguia dropped Ali early in round one with a powerful left hook. A series of lefts later in the round would floor Ali for a second time.

    Still reeling from the beating he took in the first, Ali absorbed more punishing shots in the second. A right hand from Munguia toward the end of the round would put Ali on the canvas for the third time in the fight.

    Ali seemed to be getting his feet back in the third but just as he looked like he may be getting back in the fight another hard left hook staggered him again as the round came to a close. The finishing blow was delivered early in the fourth and came in the form once again of a left hook which appears to be Munguia's signature weapon.

    The future looks bright for Munguia at 154 after this breakout performance. He will probably still have to deal with his mandatory in that of Liam Smith in the near future, but after that big potential fights exist that will have boxing fans salivating with the likes of Jarret Hurd and Jermell Charlo

    In the co-main event, Rey Vargas (32-0, 22 KO’s) retained his WBC-122 pound title with a hard fought 12-round unanimous decision over Azat Hovhannisyan (14-3, 11 KO’s). Vargas was more consistent in his work rate and accuracy though the hard charging Hovhannisyan certainly had his moments.

    In the early going, Hovhannisyan’s pressure caused Vargas some issues. A hard right hand in the first round got his attention. However, Vargas would soon find his groove. He got in a rhythm picking off the hard charging Hovhannisyan with clean power shots. In addition, Vargas effectively countered in combination the wide swinging punches of Hovhannisyan.

    In round eight, an accidental head butt left both fighters cut, though Vargas certainly got the worst of it as a significant gash opened over his left eye. With blood pouring down the side of his face in round nine, Vargas would hurt and nearly drop Hovhannisyan with a well-placed left hook to the body.

    Down the stretch, Vargas continued to land cleaner, more effective shots. The 12th round saw another accidental head butt that opened a bad cut over the right eye of Vargas, but in the end it didn't matter as the fight went the distance with Vargas winning on all three cards by scores of 118-110, 117-111 and 116-112.

    George Rincon (4-0, 2 KO’s) stopped Corey Gulley (2-2-2) in the second round of their scheduled four round 140-pound bout. An explosive counter right hook by Rincon dropped Gulley at the end of round one and another well-placed hard right hook put Gulley down early in round two. Gulley would beat the count but Rincon's follow up assault forced referee Gary Rosato to waive an end to the bout.

    In a nip and tuck six round featherweight contest, Diuhl Olguin (13-9-3, 9 KO’s) scored an upset split decision victory against prospect Kevin Rivers (14-2, 10 KO’s). Rivers got off to a fast start out-hustling Olguin in the early rounds, but Olguin came on in the second half of the fight raking Rivers with power shots. A controversial knockdown scored by Olguin in round three that appeared to be from a slip instead of a punch played a deciding factor in the outcome with one judge ruling 58-55 for Rivers, one 58-55 for Olguin and the deciding judge ruling 57-56 for Olguin.

    Alex Vanasse (4-0, 4 KO’s) stopped Ray Santiago (2-8) in round three of a scheduled four round heavyweight bout. After two listless rounds largely devoid of action, Vanasse let his hands fly in the third, battering Santiago from pillar to post, eventually forcing referee Charlie Fitch to halt the contest.

    Luis Vargas scored a four round unanimous decision to win his professional debut against Damian Lewis (0-8-1) in a heavyweight bout. Vargas landed solid combinations throughout in outclassing a tough but determined Lewis.

    Lawrence Gabriel (2-1-1, 1 KO) knocked out debuting Brad Vargeson in round two of a scheduled four round cruiserweight contest. A right hand from Gabriel brought an end to what was a sloppy but entertaining brawl to open the card.

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  • #2
    I know some people are saying the size of Munguia was a big factor in the fight. Granted, he was bigger but that left hook is for real. Whenever he touched Ali with it, Munguia hurt him even if it didn't land flush. Munguia can flat out bang and with that left hook can compete with anyone at 154. His defense is an issue (didn't show against Ali but is a problem) but I give him more than a punchers chance against Hurd or Charlo.

    By the way, when talking to the media through an interpreter post fight Munguia made sure to thank the Nevada Athletic Commission for allowing him this opportunity.

    I was impressed with Vargas. Early on, some of us ringside noted how Vargas looked so confident pre-fight but that look on his face noticeably changed in round two. But he composed himself and found his rhythm against a very tough determined opponent who just kept coming. Vargas was banged with the head too quite a bit from Hovhannisyan and kept his composure. I like him and think he gives anyone fits from 122 to 126.

    Not much to say about the undercard as it was stashed with a lot of local club fighters. George Rincon was not a local guy but impressed me some with the fluidity in his punches. And Kevin Rivers really struggled again in a fight he was supposed to win easily. The controversial knockdown cost him a draw but nonetheless it was a bad performance in a fight that if he were to be considered any type of prospect he should have dominated.

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    • #3
      I'm guessing that when Munguia thanked the Nevada Commission for the opportunity, he did it with sarcasm. The commission was widely applauded for turning Mungiua down as an opponent for GGG, but in hindsight it appears they turned away a more interesting fight than the one that transpired. I know that Munguia's promoter, Golden Boy, is still ticked off. They lost a commission that wound up going to Don King.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by ArneK. View Post
        I'm guessing that when Munguia thanked the Nevada Commission for the opportunity, he did it with sarcasm. The commission was widely applauded for turning Mungiua down as an opponent for GGG, but in hindsight it appears they turned away a more interesting fight than the one that transpired. I know that Munguia's promoter, Golden Boy, is still ticked off. They lost a commission that wound up going to Don King.
        Yeah definitely meant with sarcasm and he brought some chuckles with that comment.

        In all seriousness, I wonder if Munguia's performance will in any way cause the Nevada Commission to loosen up their relatively newer higher standards in opponent selection? Top Rank does not seem to be doing as much business as it once did in Nevada and I am certain this is a big reason. Personally, though I understand the reasoning from the commission I think loosening up their higher standards would be a wise move.

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        • #5
          Upset of the Year or Mismatch of the Year?

          Just WOW WOW to ALL of this crazy story.

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