Jaime Munguia vs Tureano Johnson Preview Oct. 30th
Unbeaten former WBO Junior Middleweight Champion Jaime Munguia of Mexico is back in the ring this Friday, Oct. 30th when he takes on Tureano Johnson of the Bahamas. The 12-round-middleweight fight from Indio, California can be seen on DAZN in North America. Munguia last fought in January when he stopped Gary ‘Spike’ O’Sullivan of Ireland in the 11th round. Johnson was last in action in July, 2019 when he stopped Jason Quigley after nine rounds for the NABF Middleweight Title.
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Munguia vs Johnson Betting Odds
- Tureano Johnson +240
- Jaime Munguia -300
The 24-year-old Munguia of Tijuana definitely likes to stay active as this will be his 36th fight since turning pro in July of 2013 when he was a teenager. He enters the contest with a perfect mark of 35-0 along with 28 big Kos. He first stepped up in class against Sadam Ali when he stopped him in five rounds in May, 2018 for the WBO Jr. Middleweight Title and looked like a beast while stopping him convincingly. He then defended the belt against Liam Smith, Brandon Cook, Takeshi Inoue, Dennis Hogan and Patrick Allotey.
Those fights also highlighted Munguia’s defensive shortcomings, but that’s a part of what makes him so exciting. Of course the other part of his fan-friendly style is the fact that he has some dynamite in his fists with a current knockout ratio of 80 per cent. He went 128-10 in the amateurs and has 143 rounds of pro experience under his belt since then. Munguia got the title shot against Ali when Liam Smith pulled out of the bout due to an injury. Munguia jumped at the chance and in hindsight it was a huge mistake on Ali’s part.
Munguia entered the fight as a hungry boxer who wanted to make a name for himself on the world stage and he certainly did that. However, he struggled against Dennis Hogan and Takeshi Inoue as he went the distance in both of them and took quite a few shots. He also had trouble making the 154 lb weight limit and this will be just his second fight in the 160 lb middleweight division. Munguia stands 6-feet tall but has an unlisted reach.
As for Johnson, he enters the bout with a mark of 21-2-1 with 15 Kos. He’s now 36 years old and has boxed just 119 rounds since turning pro back in 2010. He’s 5-feet-10-inches tall with a reach of 73.5 inches so gives up two inches in height to Munguia. He also has has good power with a current knockout ratio of 62.5 per cent. However, he has a questionable chin and both of his losses came by way of knockout.
Johnson was halted by Sergiy Derevyanchenko in the 12th round in 2017 and was stopped in 10 rounds by Curtis Stevens in 2014. His biggest wins have been against the likes Quigley, Willie Fortune, Mike Gavronski, Humberto Toledo, Eamonn O’Kane and Fabiano Soares and he’s also picked up the WBC Continental Americas, and Silver Middleweight Titles along the way. Johnson’s lone draw came against Fernando Castaneda in February, 2019.
Johnson has struggled when stepping up in class against Derevyanchenko and Stevens, but did manage to take both of them into the final round and was the first man to beat Quigley. Johnson has polished boxing skills and enjoyed a fine amateur career, which included boxing in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China where he went 2-1.
This could be an action fight for as long as it lasts but Johnson’s age and his ability to take a hard shot aren’t going to do him any favours against a power puncher like Munguia. I’m going with Munguia in this fight as he tries to establish himself as a legitimate middleweight contender.
At 12 years younger and with power, expect a win for Munguia.
Play: Munguia -300 @ BetOnline.ag
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