Home Boxing News Jaime Munguia survives scare to salvage win over determined Sergiy Derevyanchenko

Jaime Munguia survives scare to salvage win over determined Sergiy Derevyanchenko

Jaime Munguia and Sergiy Derevyanchenko. Photo credit: DAZN

In a wild brawl, former WBO junior middleweight champion Jaime Munguia 42-0 (33) eked out a razor-thin unanimous decision victory over three-time world title challenger Sergiy ‘The Technician’ Derevyanchenko 14-5 (10) at the Toyota Arena in Ontario, California on Saturday night.

Despite both boxers being ranked by The Ring at 160-pounds – Munguia at number three and Derevyanchenko at number six – the bout was contested at the super middleweight limit of 168-pounds.

The action was fast and furious from the opening bell with both combatants meeting in centre ring and trading bombs. The 37-year-old Ukrainian exploited the former titleholder’s defensive flaws but wore some shots himself as he sought to close the distance on his taller, larger opponent.

The opening frame set the pattern for the rest of the fight.

Derevyanchenko was caught on the ropes in the second round but seemed to box his way out of trouble, only to be caught by a big right uppercut that snapped his hed back. In the first half of the third Derevyanchenko used his footwork and feints to create angles and make Munguia miss, before crowding Munguia on the ropes and letting rip with shots to the body nd head.

The fight returned to centre ring in the fourth, where both combatants traded on fairly even terms but with Munguia gaining the edge. That didn’t last long as Derevyanchenko had the 26-year-old Mexican wobbled and reeling around the ring on unsteady legs for much of the fifth.

Miraculously, Munguia survived the round.

The action slowed considerably in the sixth but by the seventh things heated up again. In the eighth round Derevyanchenko made good use of his jab and landed a hard right to the jaw, while Munguia invested in the body.

Rounds nine and ten saw Derevyanchenko control the exchanges with his superior ring generalship while Munguia followed him around the ring. Both rounds belonged to Derevyanchenko.

The championship rounds were primed for a big finish and they delivered. With Derevyanchenko’s legs appearing to fade, the duo went back to trading toe-to-toe at close quarters in a seesaw eleventh round. Munguia appeared to hurt Derevyanchenko but the Ukrainian remained on his feet.

In the twelfth round, with both boxers exhausted from the pace, they emptied their tanks. It was Munguia who found the breakthrough, dropping Derevyanchenko with a left hook to the body one minute into the final frame. Munguia teed off on Derevyanchenko for the remainder of the round. It was enough to seal the deal.

At the end of the fast-paced bout, judges Rudy Barragan and Fernando Villarreal turned in identical cards of 114-113, while judge Lou Moret had it 115-112, all for Munguia.

After the fight Munguia admitted he could have performed better, but still said he was satisfied with the win against such a tough competitor.

“I am very happy with the fight. It was a great victory, we made some mistakes but were still here undefeated,” said Munguia, who plans to campaign in the super middleweight division going forward.

“I am very happy with the decision and in reality it took me a lot of effort to achieve it. It was difficult but we were able to catch and hurt him in the 10th round and then we dropped him in the 12th round.

“I think ultimately, we achieved the victory thanks to my training. We trained really hard in the gym, obviously it’s not the same in the gym as in the ring, but we are always working hard, always trying to improve.”

Derevyanchenko admitted it was the body attack that cost him in the end.

“I feel good. I feel great,” he said. “He punches me in the stomach. This was a great fight.”