Jaime Munguia to face British contender Jimmy Kelly on June 11 in Anaheim

Middleweight contender Jaime Munguia will face British boxer Jimmy Kelly on June 11, Golden Boy Promotions introduced Wednesday morning. The 12-round tremendous middleweight bout will happen on the Honda Heart in Anaheim, California and can stream stay on DAZN.

“I’m very excited to return to Anaheim and struggle in entrance of all of the followers towards a high-quality English rival like Kelly,” mentioned Munguia, who’s co-promoted by Golden Boy and Zanfer Boxing Promotions.

“It received’t be a simple night time, however we’re getting ready very arduous. This new version of Mexico versus England can be very thrilling for all struggle followers, and I’m satisfied that I’ll move this check and be on my approach to a world title quickly.”

Munguia (39-0, 31 knockouts), who’s presently ranked No. 4 by The Ring, is skilled by former world champion Erik Morales. In his final bout on February 19, in entrance of a giant crowd on the Plaza Monumental in his hometown of Tijuana, Mexico, Munguia stopped previously-unbeaten D’Mitrius Ballard within the third spherical. The victory over Ballard came about over three months after Munguia defeated Gabriel Rosado by unanimous resolution.

Over two weeks later, WBC middleweight titleholder Jermall Charlo reportedly supplied Munguia a possibility to struggle for the title. In a March 12 RingTV.com story, Munguia was quoted as saying “we’re 80-90 % (to finalizing the struggle with Jermall Charlo).”

Just a few days later, talks between the 2 sides collapsed, reportedly over broadcasting rights. Golden Boy wished DAZN concerned in broadcasting the struggle, which might have aired on a Showtime platform, in the US. Premier Boxing Champions (PBC), which is aligned with Showtime and FOX, reportedly wouldn’t budge on the clause DAZN may solely stream the struggle all through Mexico and the UK.

Charlo will defend his WBC middleweight title towards Maciej Sulecki of Poland on June 18.

Kelly (26-2, 10 KOs) of Manchester, England ought to present an honest check for Munguia and is coming off a powerful victory in his final bout on February 25, defeating unbeaten Kanat Islam by majority resolution. Kelly has received his final three fights since shedding to Dennis Hogan by unanimous resolution in April 2018. 

The 29-year-old understands he’s the underdog going into the Munguia struggle however believes he can pull off the upset win on June 11.

“As a baby, I dreamt of combating in America,” mentioned Kelly, who’s managed by James Mulvi. “That dream got here true after I beat the undefeated Kanat Islam.

“Munguia is the primary man at 160 kilos. To be the very best, it is advisable beat the highest fighters on the planet. June 11 can’t come fast sufficient. Munguia is in for the struggle of his night time.”

Francisco A. Salazar has written for The Ring since October 2013 and has coated boxing in Southern California and overseas since 2000. Francisco additionally covers boxing for the Ventura County (California) Star newspaper. He will be reached by electronic mail at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing  

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