Jaime Munguia edges Sergey Derevyanchenko in 12-round tremendous middleweight conflict


Jaime Munguia-Sergey Derevyanchenko battle featured motion for 12 laborious rounds. Picture / @DAZNBoxing

ONTARIO, Calif. – Jaime Munguia wanted a knockdown to swing a battle his approach and to earn a hard-fought win.

Munguia rallied to drop Sergiy Derevyanchenko within the remaining spherical to win an in depth 12-round unanimous choice earlier than a raucous and partisan crowd on the Toyota Enviornment.

The 25-year-old Munguia, who resides in Tijuana, Mexico, improved to 42-0, 33 knockouts.

Despite the fact that the battle was fought at 168 kilos, the Munguia-Derevyanchenko battle was a conflict of fighters ranked within the high 10 by The Ring at 160 kilos. Munguia and Derevyanchenko are ranked No. 3 and 6, respectively.

Halfway via the opening spherical, each stood and traded within the heart of the ring. Derevyanchenko linked with a proper cross flush to the chin of Munguia. Derevyanchenko was once more in a position to land a proper cross to the top of Munguia later within the spherical.

Each had their moments in the course of the second spherical. The shorter Derevyanchenko tried to jab his approach in via Munguia’s guard, which labored as, with a few minute left within the spherical, Derevyanchenko pinned Munguia in opposition to a nook, letting his arms go, connecting with a handful of punches to the top.

Derevyanchenko continued to attach with lead and counter left hooks to the top of Munguia in the course of the first half of the battle.

Each fighters had their moments in a hellacious fifth spherical. Munguia surprised Derevyanchenko with a proper to the top, however Derevyanchenko harm Munguia with a number of hooks and crosses to the top, leading to one of many higher rounds of the 12 months.

The tempo of the battle slowed in the course of the sixth and seventh rounds, as Derevyanchenko stalked Munguia, however Munguia tried to counter, notably with hooks to the top and physique of Derevyanchenko. Each linked with left hooks to the top, however Derevyanchenko’s left was simpler, snapping again the top of Munguia

After Munguia landed a couple of proper arms, a sequence of combos by Derevyanchenko appeared to stun Munguia within the eighth spherical.

Derevyanchenko was efficient in various his offense in the course of the ninth spherical, mixing in lead proper arms to the top of Munguia, who was preventing extra off his again foot in the course of the tenth spherical.

Sensing he was down on the scorecards going into the championship rounds, Munguia elevated his punch output, catching Derevyanchenko with a proper cross within the eleventh spherical. He additionally started focusing his assault to the physique.

Munguia hit paydirt within the remaining spherical, as a well-placed left hook to the physique dropped Derevyanchenko to 1 knee. Derevyanchenko was in a position to beat the rely, however saved his distance away from the aggressive Munguia, who tried to assault Derevyanchenko’s physique once more. Derevyanchenko fought in spurts, however continued to maintain his distance because the bell sounded to finish the spherical.

“I give credit score to my nook who instructed me to make the mandatory changes I wanted,” mentioned Munguia after the battle. “I began to assault the physique.”

Munguia did announce after the battle he was staying at 168 kilos. He’s prepared to face one of the best fighters at 168 kilos, however after acknowledging Derevyanchenko was in a position to outbox him throughout phases of the battle, Munguia is prepared to make the mandatory changes to get higher within the health club.

“I realized so much,” mentioned Munguia, who’s skilled by Erik Morales. “There’s a couple of particulars I have to work on. We have to search for huge fights at 168 kilos. I need to face all of the champions.”

“I really feel good. I really feel nice,” mentioned Derevyanchenko, who has now misplaced 4 of his final 5 bouts. “He punches me within the abdomen. This was an ideal battle.”

Derevyanchenko, who’s from Crimea, Ukraine and now resides in Brooklyn, New York, falls to 14-5, 10 KOs.


Francisco A. Salazar has written for The Ring since October 2013 and has coated boxing in Southern California and overseas since 2000. Francisco additionally covers boxing for the Ventura County (California) Star newspaper. He will be reached at [email protected]


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