Home Boxing News Jaime Munguia vows to take his frustration out on Sergiy Derevyanchenko

Jaime Munguia vows to take his frustration out on Sergiy Derevyanchenko

Jaime Munguia (centre). Photo credit: Mandatory Credit: Cris Esqueda/Golden Boy Promotions

Former WBO junior middleweight champion Jaime Munguia 41-0 (23) says he is frustrated that the big names in the middleweight division won’t fight him ahead of his bout against former three-time world title challenger Sergiy Derevyanchenko 14-4 (10) at the Toyota Arena in Ontario, California on June 10.

Fight fans have been left frustrated with Munguia’s level of opposition since he moved up to the 160-pound weight class three years ago. Despite going 7-0 with six knockouts, he is yet to face anyone of note in the weight class.

But the 26-year-old Mexican insists it’s not his fault, saying that WBC champion Jermall Charlo 32-0 (22) and former unified titleholder Gennadiy Golovkin 42-2-1 (37) have both gone missing in action.

“Derevyanchenko is a tough fighter. He is someone who has gone to the ring and gone the distance with high profile fighters. No one has been able to knock him down and I think this fight and a victory against Derevyanchenko will show everyone that I am ready for any challenge,” Munguia said. 

“I am not very worried about what has happened in other fights that Derevyanchenko has been involved in. I do not feel pressure about knocking him out, but I do know that I am going to deliver a convincing victory. I know that I am going to go into the ring and do what I have to do to win.”

“We have always pursued high profile fighters like Golovkin and Charlo and those fights haven’t materialised due to circumstances that are out of our control.

“[Charlo] hasn’t fought in two-and-a-half years and is still considered the world champion, I am not sure what his plan is moving forward, but I am ready to face him if he wants to get in the ring with me.

“For Golovkin, we reached out to him for this fight and he didn’t return. I think he may be enjoying a vacation.”

Ukraine’s Derevyanchenko, 37, has lost four out of his last six outings, but remains a determined competitor. When he has come up short it has always been on the cards in close fights against the elite of the middleweight division – Carlos Adames, Jermall Charlo, Gennadiy Golovkin and Daniel Jacobs.

“We are confident that Jaime Munguia will deliver on a magnificent fight for fans this Saturday, June 10. Derevyanchenko is a tough opponent who has faced the likes of GGG, Daniel Jacobs, and Carlos Adames,” said Oscar De La Hoya, chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions.

“We want all the big names for Jaime – but we want that fight against Charlo. After our major commercial success with the Ryan Garcia fight, we have the framework to work with PBC and Showtime. But, if that can’t happen, Munguia will fight anyone – Gennadiy or even David Benavidez are great options for him.”

Munguia vs Derevyanchenko will be broadcast live worldwide on DAZN.