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Jaime Munguia to move to middleweight after fifth title defence

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WBO junior middleweight champion Jaime Munguia 34-0 (27) is planning to move up to the middleweight division following his fourth-round knockout of Patrick Allotey 40-4 (30) in the fifth defence of his 154-pound title at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California on Saturday night.

“I’m happy with my performance. This was a good victory to celebrate Mexican Independence Day weekend,” Munguia said to Fightnews. “I felt good. It was a process working him and breaking him down. When I knocked him down with a body shot he was breathing heavy.”

Allotey, 28, of Ghana, was transported to hospital after the fight.

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“I hope he is well and I wish him a speedy recovery and the best,” said Munguia.

The 22-year-old Mexican champion was having his first fight under new trainer Erik Morales.

“Morales made me think more in the ring. He has a lot of experience. I give Erik and my whole team credit for this victory,” he said.

Munguia confirmed he will likely move up in weight to the 160-pound division where he will seek a world title fight next year.

“I will talk to my team and think about what’s next,” he said. “I can’t tell you right now who my next opponent will be. I will likely move up to 160, have two fights and see if we can fight for a world title.”

Zanfer Promotions CEO Fernando Beltran said Munguia would take a break before returning to the ring in three months’ time.

“He will rest and go on vacation. I would like for him to fight in December,” Beltran said.

“He’s a very active fighter and was good tonight. He would like to return to Tijuana for his first fight at 160. We will sit down and talk about it.”

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