Undefeated middleweight contender Jaime Munguia (41-0, 33 KOs) stopped Gonzalo Gaston Coria (21-6, 8 KOs) in the third round of a scheduled 10 round fight on DAZN on Saturday night at the Arena Astro in Guadalajara, Mexico.
The much bigger and stronger former WBO 154-lb champion Munguia knocked the Argentinian Coria down once in the second and a final time in round three to get the stoppage.
Munguia landed a right to the head to knock Coria down in round two, and a left to the body in the third to get the stoppage.
This was not a great fight to watch, as Coria held frequently and then charging forward, landing left hands and then immediately clinching Munguia to prevent him from getting his shots off.
The Munguia vs. Coria event will be shown live on DAZN at 7:00 p.m. ET at the Arena Astros in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Super flyweight Argi Cortes (24-3-2, 10 KOs) beat Eric Lopez (16-7-2, 10 KOs) by a tougher than expected 10 round split decision. The judges scored it for Cortes 95-92, 95-92, and 96-91 Lopez.
In a real war, featherweight Benito Sanchez (15-6-3, 3 KOs) battled to a 10 round draw against unbeaten Jose Garcia (7-0-3, 6 KOs). The judges scored 95-95, 95-95, and 95-95.
Unbeaten light welterweight prospect Diego Torres (16-0, 15 KO) dismantled Hector Morales (6-2-1, 1 KO) by a 4th round blowout.
Erick Lopez scores the knockdown on Argi Cortes 👀#MunguiaCoria pic.twitter.com/00DjqjefxG
— DAZN Boxing (@DAZNBoxing) November 20, 2022
It would be a disservice to the higher-ranked contenders in the middleweight division if Munguia were given a title shot in 2023 because hasn’t fought anyone good enough to fight for a world title.
Argi Cortes vs. Erick Lope
Diego Torres vs. Hector Morales
Benito Sanchez vs. Jose Garcia
Rafael Espinoza vs. Orlando Garcia
Ernesto Sanchez vs. Heriberto Flores
Victor Morales vs. Diuhl Olguin
Luis Padilla vs. Carlos Buitrago
Marilyn Badillo vs. Mayele Perez
Shailock Goyri vs. Christian Arenas
Cesar Espinoza vs. Adrian Acevedo
Isreal Rodriquez vs. Oscar Trujillo Luna
Jerry Bradford vs. Rene Trujillo
Shamar Canal vs. Salvador Lopez
If Munguia were given a title shot off the back of tonight’s mismatch, it would send a message to other contenders that they, too, can take the backdoor route to a fight for a belt by facing lower-level opposition.
On paper, this is another poor mismatch for the Golden Boy-promoted Munguia (40-0, 32 KOs), considering that Coria has never beaten anyone worth mentioning.
Munguia’s opposition at 160:
- Gary ‘Spike’ O’Sullivan
- Jimmy Kelly
- D’Mitrius Ballard
- Gabriel Rosardo
- Kamil Szeremeta
- Tureano Johnson
When Coria stepped up against the hard-hitting southpaw Janibek Alimkhanuly in 2020, he was shown the exit in lightning fashion, getting knocked out in two rounds. The way that Janibek blasted out Coria, suggests tonight’s fight will be over quickly.
It’s unclear whether DAZN had any input in the match-making for Munguia’s fight tonight because this isn’t a fight that is expected to be competitive, and it’s yet another non-competitive bout for the Mexican fighter.
DAZN should have insisted that Munguia face a better opponent than Coria because boxing fans haven’t shown interest in this fight. It would be a different story if Munguia faced guys like Janibek, Chisora Eubank Jr, Felix Cash, or Carlos Adames.
The nine-year pro Munguia has specialized in fighting over-matched opposition since he moved to 160 in 2019. It was hoped that he would begin fighting better fighters at this stage in his career, particularly because he’s an unbeaten former WBO 154-lb champion.