I did a list similar to this one last year for Munguia but with the new year and the middleweight division moving around a little bit I’ve decided to do another one.
The first fighter Jaime Munguia could fight next realistically is Jermall Charlo. He’s the WBC world champion and I think the fight is realistic this year because Charlo doesn’t really have anybody to fight and no one really knows who hes going to fight next so hes available. This would be an excellent match up in the division and while Munguia would be the underdog he’d be a live one and also get the chance to be in a big legacy defining fight.
The second fighter Jaime Munguia could face is GGG otherwise known by his actual name of Gennadiy Golovkin. This fight has been rumored recently with Munguia’s promoters going on record saying they are trying to make the fight. GGG is currently the biggest name in the division and looks to be trying to unify with Ryota Murata the WBA champion. If Munguia and GGG were to fight it would most likely be in the second half of the year.
The third fighter Munguia could face is Maciej Sulecki who is currently 29-2. Hes a top contender at middleweight and has only lost to world champions. He’d be a very good test and just a good fight in general as Sulecki can get dropped but is a good boxer with underrated power. I think the styles would match up well and is a good fight for both as Munguia gets a good name on his resume while if Sulecki wins he gets another title shot.
The fourth fighter Munguia could face is Rob Brant who is currently 26-2 and holds a win over Ryota Murata. He’s a good boxer and could be the dark horse of the middleweight division. He’s skilled enough to pull off another upset and a fight versus Munguia would be entertaining as Brant can be knocked out however he also has the chance to outbox Munguia.
The fifth fighter Munguia could fight next and the one I likely see him fighting is Kanat Islam who is 27-0. Islam was a good amateur and has good technical skills combined with respectable punching power. He hasn’t fought for over a year however and didn’t look good in his last fight which may be a sign hes past his best at the age of 36. He’s still a good opponent for a contender to fight and with a record of 27-0 it’s always going to look impressive on paper. I think Islam has done enough throughout his career to get an opportunity in a big fight and I think this fight makes sense for both. Munguia’s promoters have also mentioned that Islam is the name they are looking to fight if they can’t get GGG in the ring.
In my last article about who Munguia could fight I picked Tureano Johnson as his most likely opponent and I turned out to be right. As long as Islam doesn’t get injured again like he did late last year then I’m fairly confident i’ll be right again as rumors are saying that talks between GGG and Munguia are dead for at least the first half of this year.