Canelo and Munguia arrive, stage set for Saturday’s fight

Canelo and Munguia arrive, stage set for Saturday’s fight

Undisputed super middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez (60-2-2, 39 KOs) and challenger Jaime Munguia (43-0, 34 KOs) both made weight for their ceremonial weigh-in on Friday ahead of Saturday’s mega-fight at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, live on Amazon Prime.

Canelo weighed 166.8 pounds and Munguia weighed 167.4 pounds. This is a fight where the champion Canelo, 33, will have to be at his best to emerge victorious as Munguia’s trainer, Freddie Roach, has him 100% ready with a game plan likely borrowed from the former Canelo conqueror. Dmitri Bivol.

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Canelo will have to figure out how to disrupt Munguia’s high punch volume, as he can’t afford to crash into the ropes and throw the odd counter punch here and there. That won’t be effective against Munguia.

With his hands respectfully behind his back, Munguia towered over four-belt champion Canelo during the low-key post-weigh-in confrontation. There was no animosity between the fighters.

Munguia looked like someone who is just happy to get the chance to fight the legend Canelo and make a ton of money in the process.

The undefeated Munguia’s net worth is estimated at $5 million. At least he could do that on Saturday.

Expert analysis: Berlanga weighs in

‘You can’t run against Canelo. You can’t do what Charlo did when he was driving around,” Edgar Berlanga told DAZN Boxing about what Jaime Munguia needs to do to beat Canelo Alvarez on Saturday night.

“You have to stand there and fight like Bivol and GGG did. Guys like him, you have to earn his respect. I think Munguia will do that. I suggest that Munguia doesn’t go out and try to throw bombs because he might get cut.

“I think if he keeps his distance and uses a good touch. Canelo doesn’t use his jab much. If he stays consistent with his jab. Munguia throws a lot of combinations and punches per round. So if he can keep that up for the twelve rounds, he can come out victorious,” said Berlanga.

“Canelo is a different breed. He’s worked with a lot of different guys, a lot of different talents and a lot of different styles. That could play an important role in the battle there,” said Berlanga.

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All weights:

  • Canelo Alvarez: 168.6 pounds | 76.5 kg vs. Jaime Munguia: 167.4 lbs | 75.9kg
  • Mario Barrios: 146.6 pounds | 66.5 kg vs. Fabian Maidana: 146.2 lbs | 66.3kg
  • Brandon Figueroa: 125.4 pounds | 56.9 kg vs. Jessie Magdaleno: 128.6 lbs | 58.3kg
  • Eimantas Stanionis: 146.6 pounds | 66.5 kg vs. Gabriel Maestre: 153.6 lbs | 69.7kg
  • Jesus Ramos: 154.6 pounds | 70.1 kg vs. Johana Gonzalez: 153.6 lbs | 69.7kg
  • Vito Mielnicki Jr.: 153.6 pounds | 69.7 kg vs. Ronald Cruz: 152.2 lbs | 69.0kg
  • Damian Vazquez: 122.2 pounds | 55.4 kg vs. Alan David Picasso: 123.0 lbs | 55.8kg
  • William Scull: 167.2 pounds | 75.8 kg vs. Sean Hemphill: 167.4 lbs | 75.9kg
  • Lawrence King: 181.2 pounds | 82.2 kg vs. Anthony Holloway: 177.4 lbs | 80.5kg
  • Adrian Torres: 136.6 pounds | 62.0 kg vs. Arsen Poghosyan: 130.6 lbs | 59.2kg
  • Jabin Chollet: £139.8 | 63.4 kg vs. Julian Bridges: 138.4 lbs | 62.8kg