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Munguia defends WBO belt against Inoue



Jaime Munguia from Tijuana, Mexico makes the third defence of his WBO junior-middleweight belt against Takeshi Inoue of Tokyo, Japan at the Toyota Centre in Houston, Texas on Saturday night.

The 22-year-old Munguia 31-0; 26 is a 25-1 favourite according to some odds makers against the No 3 rated Inoue who is no relation to the pound-for-pound star Naoya Inoue.

Inoue, 29, who has a record of 13-0-1; 7 will be fighting out of his home country for the second time.

Munguia won the WBO belt in May 2018 with a fourth round stoppage win over Sadam Ali (26-1) and has made successful defences against Liam Smith (pts 12) and Brandon Cook (tko 3).

Even though Munguia is expected to win by wide margins he could be made to work hard against the rugged come-forward style of Inoue.

If Munguia wins against Inoue he will have to defend the belt against mandatory challenger Dennis Hogan 28-1-1; 7 of Ireland who fights out of Australia.

The other main organisation champions are WBA and IBF, Jarrett Hurd and WBC, Tony Harrison.

JESUS M ROJAS DEFENDS WBC SECONDARY BELT

On the same card Jesus M Rojas 26-2-2; 19 from Caguas, Puerto Rico defends his secondary WBA featherweight belt against the No 2 rated Can Xu 15-2; 2 of Kunming, China.

Rojas won the interim belt on a seventh-round knockout over Claudio Marrero in September 2017 and was subsequently elevated to WBA “regular” champion.

He made his first defence against Joseph Diaz Jr. in August last year losing on a unanimous point’s decision.

However, Diaz came in overweight, so in terms of the WBA rules Rojas retained his belt.

The other main organisation champions are WBA “super” Leo Santa Cruz, WBC Gary Russell Jr, IBF, Joseph Warrington and WBO Oscar Valdez.



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