Home Boxing News Jaime Munguia and Jimmy ‘Kilrain’ Kelly set to clash this Saturday night

Jaime Munguia and Jimmy ‘Kilrain’ Kelly set to clash this Saturday night

Erik Morales and Jaime Munguia. Photo credit: Tom Hogan-Hoganphotos/Golden Boy

Former WBO junior middleweight champion Jaime Munguia 39-0 (31) will have his sixth fight at middleweight when he takes on Jimmy ‘Kilrain’ Kelly 26-2 (10) at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California on Saturday night.

The 25-year-old Mexican made five defences of 154-pound belt he won against Sadam Ali in 2018 before moving up in weight two-and-a-half years ago.

The six-foot tall Munguia said he moved his training camp for this fight to California after struggling to find suitable sparring partners in Mexico.

“I feel very good this training camp. We are all happy, we have been putting in a lot of hard work and we are ready to face Kelly this Saturday,” Munguia said.

“We decided to make the move to Big Bear in search of sparring partners. I am getting bigger and need sparring partners of my size. Although Otomi does have great fighters, the issue for me is the size and also, less fighters are willing to go out there for sparring.  In Big Bear we are in the boxing hub of Southern California and have more access to fighters willing to make the drive for a sparring session.

“It’s difficult to be in a training camp away from my friends and family. But I love my job, I love boxing. I also motivate myself to work hard for my friends and family. They are the biggest and the daily motivation that I have to push harder everyday to be the best for them.

“I have to be careful with Kelly. I know he is coming with nothing to lose and everything to gain so I have to make sure not to let my guard down on Saturday.”

Brit Kelly, 29, bounced back from his 12 round decision loss to Dennis Hogan 30-4-1 (7) in 2018 with a brace of wins against journeymen. He made his US debut in February with a majority decision victory over previously undefeated Kanat Islam 28-1 (22).

The opportunity to face Munguia came at short notice but Kelly said he had no hesitation in accepting the assignment.

“I am feeling very good about my first time on the west coast. I feel settled in. I am looking forward to the opportunity,” Kelly said.

“Jaime has a lot of experience, he’s unbeaten, he’s a big puncher. I have trained accordingly and am looking forward to Saturday night.

“I focus on myself. I know some fighters have taken an aggressive approach and perhaps they have played into the hands of Munguia. Perhaps a loose approach is something to look at.

“I have been waiting for a good opportunity to happen. When the phone rang, even though it was only four weeks’ notice, I decided to do it. Fortunately I was already in training for a show so I felt comfortable saying yes.”