Smith Not Given Much Chance to Upset Munguia in WBO Title Fight

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 9:21 PM UTC

Wednesday, Jul. 18, 2018 9:21 PM UTC

The biggest boxing match in the USA this weekend features Jaime Munguia defending his WBO junior middleweight title against Liam Smith. Intertops oddsmakers don’t give Smith much of a shot.

<p>It’s a solid weekend of boxing around the world this Saturday. In Moscow, <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/more-sports/usyk-vs-gassiev-in-boxing-super-series-cruiserweight-unification-title-bout/86006" rel="nofollow">Oleksandr Usyk and Murat Gassiev</a> face off in the World Boxing Super Series final for the undisputed cruiserweight title. That intriguing matchup is currently a pick’em on the <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4568&amp;book=Intertops" rel="nofollow">Intertops boxing odds.</a></p><p>On the undercard, the pound-for-pound women’s boxing queen on the planet, unbeaten Cecilia Braekhus, puts her undisputed women's welterweight title on the line against Inna Sagaydakovskya. Say that last name 10 times fast! Braekhus is a -5000 favorite at <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4568&amp;book=Intertops" rel="nofollow">Intertops.</a></p><p>We’re here to preview the top fight in the United States on Saturday as Jaime Munguia defends his WBO junior middleweight belt against Liam Smith, with the card from Las Vegas and televised on HBO. Munguia is priced at -833 at <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4568&amp;book=Intertops" rel="nofollow">Intertops </a>with Smith at +500 and an unlikely draw +2500.</p><p>Munguia, from Mexico, is just 21 but already has 29 fights under his belts with 25 knockouts – Latin guys tend to fight a ton before they reach the upper levels of their sport. Munguia won the WBO junior middleweight/super welterweight title back in May with a fourth-round TKO of Sadam Ali. That fight was completely lopsided as Munguia knocked down Ali twice in Round 1 and twice in Rounds 2 &amp; 4. Frankly, Ali’s side never should have allowed their guy to come out for Round 4, but referee Gary Rosato mercifully stopped it at 1:02.</p><p style="text-align:center">[/]{"component":"video", "type":"youtube", "url":"https://www.youtube.com/embed/tJ8u8u0fND8", "videoSize":"Large" }[/]</p><p>Originally, Munguia was scheduled to fight WBA and WBC middleweight champion and pound-for-pound king Gennady Golovkin on May 5 once the Golovkin-Canelo Alvarez bout was called off due to Alvarez failing a drug test. However, Munguia-Golovkin also fell through – the Nevada State Athletic Commission said it would not approve the bout for a few reasons, mainly that it didn’t think Munguia was ready for such a step up in competition -- and GGG instead fought and destroyed Vanes Martirosyan. Probably a good thing for Munguia he didn’t get that fight.</p><p>Smith was the guy first scheduled to fight then-champion Ali back for the 154-pound belt, but Smith had to drop out after severe skin infection kept him from training. Smith was replaced by Munguia. Smith, a 29-year-old from the UK, is 26-1-1 with 14 knockouts. His last two fights were both in England and wins over Liam Williams, most recently by majority decision in November.</p><p>Smith’s biggest career fight by far was against Alvarez in September 2016 at AT&amp;T Stadium in Dallas and Smith was destroyed by ninth-round knockout to lose the WBO junior middleweight belt.</p><p>“We have already studied him, he is a fighter who likes to comes forward. I think his style is going to fit more to mine, people saw very little of me in comparison to Smith and now I hope they see a little more of me," Munguia said to the media in the lead up to this fight. Munguia is nearly three inches taller than Smith.</p><p>Ring Magazine ranked Munguia as the No. 4 fighter at 154 pounds and Smith at No. 6. Jermell Charlo is the WBC champion and ranked No. 2. Jarrett Hurd is the WBA &amp; IBF champion and ranked No. 1. Saturday’s winner could get a shot at one of those guys, although Munguia considers himself a natural middleweight (160 pounds) and perhaps could fight Alvarez or GGG next with a victory.</p><h2 style="text-align:center"><a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=5659&amp;book=in-article-intertops" rel="nofollow">Bet On Worldwide Boxing At Intertops: Trust The First!</a></h2>
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