Jaime Munguia vs Liam Smith

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Jaime Munguia vs Liam Smith
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Average: 4.3 (6 votes)

Date: 
Saturday, July 21, 2018
Location: 
Hard Rock Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Rounds Scheduled: 
12
Contracted Weight: 
154
Titles at Stake: 
WBO Light Middleweight World Title (Munguia's 1st defence)
Referee: 
Russell Mora

Official Judging
Tim Cheatham 116 - 111
Dave Moretti 117 - 110
Eric Cheek 119 - 108

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After blasting out Sadam Ali (who came off a win over Miguel Cotto) in a 4 round mismatch, 21 year Jaime Munguia defends his WBO light middleweight title for the first time against former WBO light middleweight champion, Liverpool's Liam Smith.

Smith is strong in the early rounds, comes forward, throws in volume, and is not in the least but intimidated by his undefeated opponent, Munguia hits Smith with the harder shots, doesn't let Smith bully him or back him up.

Smith tires in the mid rounds, having worked at an extremely high tempo, doesn't look completely gassed at any stage, but Munguia comes on, starts to outfight Smith, and looks to be taking over in round 6, when he drops Smith.

Smith drags out a bit of a rally in rounds 8 and 11, makes the rounds close, throws the kitchen sink at Munguia, but in the last half of the fight, Munguia does all the damage, lands more, and dominates the majority of the last 6 rounds.

It goes to the scorecards, and in by far the toughest fight if his career so far, Jaime Munguia wins a landslide UD, defends his title.




Averaged Fan Card:

round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Jaime Munguia
                                                                    
9.16
9.38
9.11
9.94
10
10
9.94
9.55
9.94
9.94
9.83
9.88
Liam Smith
                                                                    
9.83
9.61
9.88
9.05
9
8
9.05
9.44
9.05
9.05
9.16
9.11


Fan Cards: Jaime Munguia vs Liam Smith


scorecard by ADAMJO260
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
JAIME MUNGUIA
9
10
9
10
10
10
10
9
10
10
10
9
116
LIAM SMITH
10
9
10
9
9
8
9
10
9
9
9
10
111


scorecard by THEALTERPLACE
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
JAIME MUNGUIA
9
9
9
10
10
10
10
10
9
10
9
10
115
LIAM SMITH
10
10
10
9
9
8
9
9
10
9
10
9
112


scorecard by THEICEMANJDOG
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
JAIME MUNGUIA
10
9
10
10
10
10
9
9
10
10
9
10
116
LIAM SMITH
9
10
9
9
9
8
10
10
9
9
10
9
111


scorecard by ITESTR
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
JAIME MUNGUIA
9
9
9
10
10
10
10
9
10
9
10
10
115
LIAM SMITH
10
10
10
9
9
8
9
10
9
10
9
9
112


scorecard by RUET
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
JAIME MUNGUIA
9
10
9
10
10
10
10
9
10
10
10
9
116
LIAM SMITH
10
9
10
9
9
8
9
10
9
9
9
10
111


scorecard by RAKAN1985
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
JAIME MUNGUIA
9
9
9
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
116
LIAM SMITH
10
10
10
10
9
8
9
9
9
9
9
9
111


scorecard by HTTP
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
JAIME MUNGUIA
10
9
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
118
LIAM SMITH
9
10
10
9
9
8
9
9
9
9
9
9
109


scorecard by BOXNATIONSCORES12
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
JAIME MUNGUIA
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
118
LIAM SMITH
10
9
9
9
9
8
9
10
9
9
9
9
109


scorecard by CHAMPION97
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
JAIME MUNGUIA
9
9
9
10
10
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
116
LIAM SMITH
10
10
10
9
9
8
9
10
9
9
9
9
111


scorecard by GOLD
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
JAIME MUNGUIA
9
9
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
117
LIAM SMITH
10
10
10
9
9
8
9
9
9
9
9
9
110


scorecard by THEUNDEFEATED
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
JAIME MUNGUIA
9
9
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
117
LIAM SMITH
10
10
10
9
9
8
9
9
9
9
9
9
110


scorecard by BOXING KNOWLEDGE
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
JAIME MUNGUIA
9
9
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
117
LIAM SMITH
10
10
10
9
9
8
9
9
9
9
9
9
110


scorecard by MATCHROOM
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
JAIME MUNGUIA
9
9
9
10
10
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
116
LIAM SMITH
10
10
10
9
9
8
9
10
9
9
9
9
111


scorecard by GOOSU
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
JAIME MUNGUIA
9
10
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
118
LIAM SMITH
10
9
10
9
9
8
9
9
9
9
9
9
109


scorecard by ZAC.RJ
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
JAIME MUNGUIA
10
9
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
118
LIAM SMITH
9
10
10
9
9
8
9
9
9
9
9
9
109


scorecard by HAGLERGOAT
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
JAIME MUNGUIA
9
10
9
10
10
10
10
9
10
10
9
10
116
LIAM SMITH
10
9
10
9
9
8
9
10
9
9
10
9
111


scorecard by SALTNUTZ1
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
JAIME MUNGUIA
9
10
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
118
LIAM SMITH
10
9
10
9
9
8
9
9
9
9
9
9
109


scorecard by TJK146114
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
JAIME MUNGUIA
9
10
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
118
LIAM SMITH
10
9
10
9
9
8
9
9
9
9
9
9
109


Comments

Champion97's picture

Prediction,

Great match!

Munguia seems to have come from nowhere, he was obviously a good fighter, at 28-0, and he had already achieved at a very young age, but in his last fight, 4 round destruction of Sadam Ali, that was an explosive win, a real statement, he is now a world champion. A lot of people seem to think Munguia should be matched against Charlo or Hurd very soon, maybe even next, I don't think Munguia is nearly ready for Hurd or Charlo. Munguia is a very talented fighter, he has the potential to win unification fights in the future, and I think he will be in and maybe win unification fights before he's even 25, he has bags of time, but for now, I think Munguia should focus on defending the world title he already has, keep active, keep learning, adapt to this level, adapt to having less fights, probably just a couple a year, and if he has a few good years, time to learn and mature, then I think he will be more than capable of winning more than one world title. For now, I think this is the perfect fight for Munguia, he's not wasting any time at all, fighting a tough opponent, possibly the best of his career so far, definitely a top 2 opponent out of his 28 previous opponents, he's fighting an opponent who is still young, but at the same time, he is fighting a fighter who seems to have found his level, been found as not great, and an opponent who is no Charlo, no Hurd, so for Munguia, this is a good fight, not too much, too soon, not an easy, unproductive fight.

Liam Smith is good, he is a former world champion, a great Inter-Continental and lower level fighter, sometimes is very dominant at that level. Against Canelo Alvarez, I think Smith was found out as good but not great, he didn't give Canelo problems, didn't really trouble him, what he did do was give Canelo work to do, Canelo was struggling slightly for pace in the mid rounds, he made physically tough for Canelo, soaked up all Canelo's attacks for a good 6 rounds, and he did land some good shots on Canelo, he really competed, but he won 0-2 rounds, and was clearly nowhere near good enough to win that fight. Outisde of Canelo, Smith has done well, won a world title, against a decent fighter, John Thompson, not Bizier, Martin, but it was still a world title Smith was fortunate to win, and he defended twice, not against bums, but against limited opponents, and since then, he's had two fights against fellow Brit, Liam Williams, the first was seen as a 50/50 fight, and Smith, I thought was getting dominated, made to look terrible for 6 rounds, he came on strong in rounds 7-9, got the stoppage, but it was very controversial, as it was because of a cut, which was probably opened by the head. The rematch was interesting, entertaining, but in the end, Smith was a notch up, boxed very well, got an MD win, and Williams graciously admitted Smith had done enough to win. Williams is a good fighter, second best opponent of Smith's career so far, so Smith did a great job to beat him, both guys hve trained hard, had good game plans, and Smith proved to be better than Williams in the end, against a better opponent than the likes of Welborn, Mark Thompson, but it is levels, and Smith vs Williams wasn't a real world level fight at all. For Smith, this is a brilliant opportunity, and at the right time, if he wins, then it will be an upset, he will prove what for whatever reasons he didn't prove against Canelo, he might also be beating a young fighter who has been thrown in the deep end to early. If he loses, Smith, and loses clearly, definitely if he is conclusively stopped, I think he is finished at world level, but even if that happens, he might still achieve at a lower level, and it is good that he has had these big opportunities.

Smith and Munguia have had basically the same amount of fights.
Smith has been a pro for about 5 years longer, but he has had fewer fights, because he has been at a higher level than Munguia for most of his career so far, he hasn't fought any world level opponents apart from Alvarez, but I think Liam Williams, John Thompson would beat every one of the first 27 of Munguia's opponents. The Alvarez fight was great experience for Smith, experience Munguia doesn't have, and a higher level of experience than the experience Munguia can have gained from the Ali fight. Smith is the more experienced fighter than Munguia, and in terms of age, I think being 8 years older is an advantage, a 29 year old is a prime age fighter, who has had the time to learn, reach his best, but isn't old, shouldn't even be aging just yet, but a 21 year old, that's very young for a world level fighter, and at that age, a fighter is a good 4 years away from being at his best.
In terms of size, it is very interesting, because Munguia is a good 2 inches taller than Smith, he's naturally bigger, there have been talks of his moving up two weight classes in the future, and at 6'0, you could see him not only moving up but going 168 at some stage, so he is naturally very big for 154, but what is interesting about the size aspect in this fight, is that although Munguia is bigger than Smith, he has been at 140 once, he has competed at 160, Munguia, he'll have grown, because he was a kid when he fought at 140, and he probably works very, very hard to make 154, but because not only has he been been at 140 (and Smith has never fought even as low as 147), but because he is probably not at the right ultimate weight, because he hasn't reached his prime yet, this is a fully matured fighter against a fighter who is not fully matured, and that is a big advantage, but at the same time, Munguia is still taller, naturally bigger than Smith, and is probably nearly ready to move up.
Munguia is a puncher, we know that, Ali, not the most resistant, but Munguia still put up a power display, and 25 stoppages in 29 wins is always impressive as far as power goes, even at the level he has been competing at, but I think a kid who can punch, at 21, will be very, very dangerous in his prime, I think Munguia is a massive puncher, and has more power than he has proven, but even from what we already know, Johnny Navarrete, not hard to beat at any high level, limited, but he sticks around, so to stop him, and in 3 rounds, that takes power Jose Valdez Salgado, these are guys who lose often but rarely get stopped, and Munguia fought them both twice, beat them both by decision (which is probably why he fougut them both again), stopped them both in rematches, and is on a short list of fighters to have stopped Salgado and Navarrete. Smith isn't a puncher, but he doesn't lack power, there is some weight on his shots, he has a high output, and he is vicious, a clever attacker, can really do damage to the body.

Smith is a great pressure fighter, a really good offensive fighter, he fights very well on the inside, he makes you work, he takes a shot very well, great chin. I think Smith is a good technical fighter, but not a great technical fighter, he is not a good defensive fighter, not when he steps up, he isn't a counter puncher, he isn't a fighter who is great at judging distance, setting you up, and he doesn't have speed, so Smith, at world level, is more than beatable, if Munguia is as good as I think he is, then this isn't too much, too soon, but Smith is a tough opponent, no reason whatsoever to question his heart, he'll try his 100% best, he is experienced, still young, durable, a 12 round fighter who makes you work, and has variety, good offensive fighter. This should be by far Munguia's toughest fight so far.

I think Smith will be on Munguia from the bell, I think he'll walk him down, attack him from head to body, seem to overwhelm Munguia. In the early rounds, I think Munguia will be roughed up, pushed around a bit, his chin might be tested a bit, but I think Munguia is a fighter with world level potential, and true grit, great desire, and I think maybe in round 3, his level, his calibre will be a factor, and he will fight fire with fire against Smith, and hurt him as well. I think in rounds 4-6, Smith will dig deep, try his best, but be in against a fighter who is very dangerous, talented, and a fighter who is beating him by landing with the really powerful punches, using good skills, making mistakes, and Smith will still be hitting him, but Smith will be taking energy sapping punches, he will have worked hard, and Munguia will be seeming to be taking over the fight. Smith will be in dangerous territory in round 7, but he will show guts, try his best to fight fire with fire, but he will be a fatigued fighter, a fighter who is there on warrior instinct, and at this point, he will be dropped, he will get up, but take a brutal beating, get dropped again, and stopped after another few crushing punches or maybe after getting up from the second knockdown.

I think Munguia stops Smith in 7 rounds. I would be surprised if Smith won this, he shouldn't be written off, and I would be more surprised if this wasn't the toughest fight of Munguia's career so far, but I think Munguia will win this, and by stoppage. I think Munguia needs fights like this, he has plenty of time, has been very active, 29 fights is a lot for a 21 year old, but now he is a world champion, if he is aiming for unification fights, he needs to be learning, competing at this level, keep fighting Liam Smiths and Sadam Alis, just fighters who are a level above his first 26 opponents, because there is no need for him to fight at that level ever again. If Munguia is consistent, gets the experience he needs at this level, has another few fights against guys of Smith's level and maybe a one fight against an opponent who is only a slight favourite against, after he has had these sort of fights, in maybe 3 years, maybe 2 being ambitious, he might be ready for unification fights.

SalTnutZ1's picture

Munguia coming into the ring at 176lbs and Smith 172. Both really ballooned after weigh ins.

Champion97's picture

Accoridng to Roy Jones Jr, Munguia has a fight or two before he is ready for Charlo and Hurd, which basically backs up both our opinions, it is what I said about him not being ready, but according to a boxing legend who is an actual expert, Munguia is ready sooner than I said, and I said 4-6 fights, but interestingly, Jones said Munguia isn't ready for Canelo for longer, and Smith says Munguia didn't hit that hard because he is only 21, but obviously, Munguia still won, went 12 rounds, won very wide, that is just the sort of fight he needed.

Smith gave him a good contest. Munguia has a very long way to go defensively. The commission really did Munguia a huge favor, because GGG would have iced him if he was landing the right hands smith was.

TheUndefeated's picture

agreed. Hurd-Munguia would sure be entertaining though!

Champion97's picture

Awesome fight!
Beefy is a good fighter, and an absolute warrior, he can really fight, that might be it for him in world title fights now, and I think he has found his level now with the two losses, Smith, but he always makes it a good fight, this was an absolute classic, so he might well get another world title opportunity in the future, especially seeing as he is a former world champion.
Munguia has a lot to learn, but what a talented fighter, what potential we've seen from him in his last two fights, we'll see how far Munguia will go in boxing as the years pass. This is what Munguia needed, he took a lot of punches, but he's young, and it is just one fight so far, and if he sorts out his defence a bit, ability to go through the gears, just becomes slightly more methodical as he learns and improves, he will take less damage in fights. Munguia needed a real test, a guy who could drag him 12 rounds, show him no respect, be awkward, force the pace, grit it out, prove to have more experience than Munguia, because Munguia got experience he needed in this fight, he will have learned more from that than any of his other fights, maybe more than 10 of his other fights put together. Munguia has been 12 rounds now, he has been tested, he has proved he has adaptability, this wasn't too much, too soon, but it was a tough fight for Munguia.