Greater than two decades after Oscar De La Hoya brought majorly boxing to El Paso, Jaime Munguia has the self-confidence of his Hall of Popularity co-promoter as well as the Golden Young boy personnel of developing his very own visibility in the boundary community.
The unbeaten previous junior middleweight titlist from Tijuana enters his 3rd middleweight, encountering Poland’s Kamil Szeremeta (21-1, 5KOs) atop a DAZN newscast broadcasting real-time Saturday mid-day (3:30 p.m. ET/1:30 p.m. neighborhood time) from Don Haskins Fixate the university of The College of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). The round happens 23 years– virtually to the day– of De La Hoya’s third-round ko of France’s Patrick Charpentier, safeguarding his WBC welterweight title before greater than 45,000 followers at the college’s Sunlight Dish football arena.
“We have a rich history here in El Paso,” Eric Gomez, the long time head of state of Golden Young boy kept in mind throughout Thursday’s interview in the John J. Pershing Ballroom at Resort Paso del Norte near the battle location. “It began in 1998 with Oscar (that was with Leading Ranking at the time). For Golden Young boy, we have actually had a lot of wonderful champs travel through here– Marco Antonio Barrera, Abner Mares as well as numerous others.
“For us, there’s always something about Texas. Back when Oscar fought here in 1998, a little piece of his heart stayed here. [More than 45,000] people in the stands at The Sun Bowl. It’s a special place. The fans here truly appreciate boxing. I don’t know if it’s being so close to Juarez or just something in the water. But we want to keep bringing boxing here.”
That brings about its ongoing financial investment in Munguia (36-0, 29KOs), the constantly amusing Mexican slugger that delighted in a packed WBO junior middleweight title regime prior to going up in weight. Saturday’s battle is Munguia’s 3rd in Texas, all coming under the assistance of co-promoters Zanfer Advertisings as well as Golden Child.
The previous in-state looks for Munguia happened 50 weeks apart, outpointing unbeaten Takeshi Inoue to protect his WBO title in their January 2019 thriller at Toyota Facility in Houston. The round was the 3rd of 5 effective title defenses prior to going up to middleweight, where he gained an 11th round interruption of Ireland’s Gary ‘Spike’ O’Sullivan last January at Alamodome in San Antonio.
Currently comes the trifecta this weekend break, which is intended to act as a springboard to a globe title fired together with additional developing a visibility in the Lone Celebrity State.
“I’m very excited to be here in El Paso,” keeps in mind Munguia. “It’s been a longtime dream of mine to fight here, where so many legends and great fighters have appeared before me. It’s an honor and privilege to be able to fight here.”
Jake Donovan is an elderly author for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox