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“Jaime Munguia is the A-side against everyone except Canelo Alvarez”, says promoter

Jaime Munguia with coach Erik Morales. Photo credit: Stacey M Snyder

Super middleweight contender Jaime Munguia 42-0 (33) would be the “A-side” is he lands a fight with fellow undefeated boxer David Benavidez 27-0 (23), according to Zanfer Promotions CEO Fernando Beltran.

Zanfer co-promote the 26-year-old Mexican, who formerly held the WBO junior middleweight title, alongside Oscar De La Hoya’s outfit Golden Boy Promotions.

With undisputed 168-pound champion Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez 59-2-2 (39) locked in to fight undisputed 154-pound champion Jermell ‘Iron Man’ Charlo 35-1-1 (19) in Las Vegas on September 30, the top contenders in the weight class are jockeying for a position for a shot at the king.

There was talk of Benavidez facing Cuban southpaw David Morrell Jr 9-0 (8), but the 26-year-old American recently said he wants to fight Munguia next.

In his last fight in March, Benavidez outpointed former IBF champion Caleb Plant 22-2 (13), while Munguia was last in action against Sergey Derevyanchenko 14-5 (10) last month, salvaging the win with a body shot knockdown in the final round to win a unanimous decision.

Another name in the frame for Munguia is Edgar ‘The Chosen One’ Berlanga Jr 21-0 (16), who was tested by Jason Quigley 20-3 (14) late last month despite scoring four knockdowns to win on the cards.

Beltran believes his boxer would be the main draw against either Berlanga or Benvadiez.

“We are ready to face whoever the people want, if Berlanga is the best option we can go with him, as long as his promoter is clear that we are A-side in the equation. The fight is going to be wherever we say, and Jaime will get the better percentage of the purse – if they really want the fight,” said Beltran to ESPN Knockout.

“I feel that Jaime is going to be the A-side in the equation with anyone, except Canelo Alvarez… in that situation we would accept being the B-side, but with Berlanga, with Benavidez, whoever they tell me, I’m positive Jaime would be the A-side and that’s the way we want to proceed.”

Munguia isn’t the only one eyeing off a shot at Berlanga. Recent Alvarez victim John ‘The Gorilla’ Ryder 32-6 (18) is open to facing the Nuyorican, along with Munguia and former middleweight boss Gennadiy Golovkin 42-2-1 (37).

“I’d love to, I’ve proved I’ll go anywhere,” the 34-year-old Ryder of Britain told ProBox TV. “I’ve gone in there and fought Canelo, who I’m a massive fan of, and Golovkin’s no different. I’ve been a massive fan of him since when I very first turned pro … I’m sure Golovkin’s got a few more miles on the clock, [he’s] a bit older as well. But listen, they say the power’s the last thing to go, so I’m sure he will still have that massive punch power.

“[Munguia] – that’s definitely a fight I’d be open to. Berlanga, I think he needs to take care of business [against Jason Quigley]. Listen, I want these big fights, at the world level. I’m not willing to drop down just yet.”

According to Ryder, his loss to Mexican superstar Alvarez only helped establish his reputation at the top level.

“I think [my reputation massively] rose in boxing, but it taught me a bit about myself as well,” said Ryder. “I’d never been dropped before, never had a broken nose, I faced a lot of new hurdles in that fight [versus Alvarez], but I overcame them. I just look forward to going again, with the opportunity.”