David Benavidez is leaning in the way of Gabe Rosado to defeat former WBO junior middleweight champion Jaime Munguia this Saturday, November 13th in their 12 spherical headliner on DAZN at the Honda Centre in Anaheim, California.
Rosado, who fights at 168, will be coming down in weight to experience Munguia at 160. We’ll see if the drop in pounds impacts Rosado’s energy and power, as he’s appeared very good at 168 in his past a few fights.
The a great deal more youthful 25-calendar year-aged Munguia (37-, 30 KOs) is considered as the preferred in the eyes of many boxing fans, as he’s bought the electric power, sizing, and youth in excess of the 35-calendar year-previous Rosado (26-13-1, 15 KOs).
Very last June, Munguia, and Rosado shared the identical card at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas. Munguia defeated former middleweight planet title challenger Kamil Szeremeta by a sixth spherical stoppage.
For his element, Rosado ruined the a great deal tougher foe in stopping Bektemir Melikuziev in the third round. Immediately after their wins, Rosado and Munguia agreed to struggle.
It’s an attention-grabbing battle on paper. The winner will be in a placement to problem for a entire world title at middleweight.
Benavidez (24-, 21 KOs) is battling on the undercard in a 10 spherical contest from substitute opponent Kyrone Davis (16-2-1, 6 KOs). He was earlier scheduled to struggle Jose Uzcategui, but he had to pull out due to an health issues.
Rosado could pull off upset
“It was a very good sparring session. I’ve been hoping to spar him for a even though,” said Benavidez to Fighthype on Munguia. “We’re fighting the exact day, so we acquired some great rounds of sparring with him.
“I received a pair of classes in with him, so it was wonderful. I realized from him, he uncovered from me, and it was a great sparring session total.
“There’s a good deal of momentum on both sides since Munguia is undefeated, but you have got to seem at Gabe Rosado. He’s one particular of the ideal potential clients at 168 for a extensive, long time.
“He defeat Bek the ‘Bully’ [Bektemir Melikuziev]. He didn’t just beat him, he knocked him out,” Benavidez mentioned about Rosado in his 3rd spherical knockout acquire above the challenging-hitting Bektemir previous June.
“But the fight [Rosado vs. Munguia] is going down to 160. It is going to be a good fight. Figuring out Gabe individually, sparring with him, and looking at his electrical power and anything he does initially hand, I come to feel like he has a actually good option to beat Munguia.
“It’s up to both men. Munguia is a wonderful fighter and a terrific tension fighter, but I truly feel like Gabe may perhaps pull off the upset. It is heading to be a great combat,” reported Benavidez.
If Munguia fights in his typical extensive-open model, Rosado could time him and capture him with a counter shot in the exact way he did in his stoppage of Bektimer.
That man is a larger puncher than Munguia, and far more unsafe. Someway, Rosado figured him out and scored a knockout.
Benavidez says Gabe has “sneaky power”
“I don’t assume it is likely to be effortless for him, but it is heading to be a superior battle,” claimed Benavidez about Munguia. “I’m leaning a minimal little bit toward Gabe in this a person. I consider since of his knowledge much too. He’s obtained sneaky power,” reported Benavidez about Rosado.
“He’ll enable you strike him, and then I think a ton of people just like what transpired to Bek. He assumed, ‘I’ll get this dude out of here,’ and then Gabe will land 1 huge shot. He puts everything into them, and he has that heading for him.
“When Munguia will get strike, his defense is not all that,” stated Benavidez. “It’s likely to be a tough battle, but these are the remarkable fights that folks require to see. An aged veteran [Rosado] in opposition to a younger lion [Munguia] coming up.
“It’s going to be an remarkable fight, but like I said, I consider Gabe has far too considerably encounter. He has a whole lot of momentum from that last struggle [against Bek]. So he is familiar with how to offer with a definitely significant power puncher like Bek the Bully.
“It’s going to be a good struggle. I desire it wasn’t on the very same day as my struggle. I would have watched it,” reported Benavidez.
Munguia has a fairly superior chin, so there’s a risk he could manage Rosado’s electricity and dominate him like he’s been accomplishing these days.
If Munguia wins, he would like to problem IBF middleweight winner Gennadiy Golovkin for his title.