There were many questions in the build up to the fight between Jaime Munguia and Gabe Rosado. However, none of those questions are up for debate any longer as Munguia was able to retain his dream of title shot with a unanimous decision.
Since his decision to move up to middleweight, Munguia has shown very little fear in facing the best in the division and before his views on getting a possible title shot, Gabe Rosado was like a yard stick to measure his readiness. Rosado had faced the best at 168 and 160 pounds and was out to stop a surging kid.
Munguia (38-0, 30KOs) entered the fight on the back of an impressive sixth round stoppage victory over top contender and former title challenger Kamil Szeremeta and had won his last four fights via stoppage. Rosado on his path won a highlight Reel knockout of Bektemir Melikuzievon in his last outing, bouncing back from a split decision loss to former title holder Daniel Jacobs.
Munguia was the best in the first three rounds and landed more accurate punches to the head. However, Rosado soon landed a big right to Munguia’s head, stunning the Mexican in round four and then surged forward to finish him up but the former 154 pound title holder was able to fight back and engage him in a back and forth battle the forced the crowd in their feets.
The two fighters had their moments in the following round but Rosado had his round in Six. However, Rosado grabbed Munguia few moment later and both lost their balance, crashing to the canvas and the referee was right to rule it a slip.
In round nine, there was a brief stoppage due to a noticeable defect on Rosado’s glove. He was forced to change his glove and at the end of the round, the referee Jack Reiss had to step in to separate the fighters, who were still exchanging shots after the bell, especially Rosado, whom Reiss rightly cautioned.
Both fighters had their moments in the final round but Rosado landed big right hands to Munguia’s head and stages a good rally but that wasn’t enough to stop Munguia, who had bagged enough rounds to get away with a unanimous decision.
“Rosado was a strong fighter with a lot of experience,” said Munguia, who is co-promoted by Golden Boy and Zanfer Promotions. “He took a lot of punches well. I had to make adjustments in the fight.
“We’re waiting for a world title shot or an elimination shot in the coming year. (A fight with Golovkin) would be very good. The public would love that one. I’d love it.”
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