Akin ‘Ak’ Reyes and Barak Bess believe now is the time for Jaime Munguia to kick on and secure a world title fight.
Munguia fought at the weekend to easily defeat Gonzalo Coria, and maintained his unbeaten professional record stretching back for forty fights.
The middleweight has often been mentioned as one of the strongest fighters not to hold a title at 160lbs, but no title shot has emerged for him yet, and on The DAZN Boxing Show the pair discussed whether now was the time to move up to super middleweight in order to force an issue, before wondering what other options he might have to force the issue.
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“They forced him to go back to 160,” Bess said.
“I want to know if he wants to continue at 160 or 168, and I just want to know if he wants to fight in better competition. There’s no showcase fights after 40 wins, 40 victories, you’ve been a champion at 154.
“I like Munguia a lot, the fight with Gabriel Rosado, he showed me his toughness in that. Munguia is the guy that needs to fight the champions, at 160, 168.
“What’s he gonna do, wait for everyone to leave because he’s the youngest guy?”
Reyes believes that while Munguia did call for a clash with Gennadiy Golovkin, he will run out of sympathy regardless of whether he makes the fight happen himself or not.
“He did call out GGG, not the first time he mentioned names,” he said. “There comes a point where talk is cheap, I want to see some action. I’m not saying it's his fault.
“There has to be pressure applied to everyone involved. The fight needs to be made against Demetrius, GGG, Jermall Charlo. Somebody that we know who is a threat.
“He's a really good fighter and he’s super talented, but let’s see you share the ring with them.”