Jaime Munguia and Gabriel Rosado are set for their anticipated middleweight showdown.
Both boxers came in fit and ready for their scheduled 12-round bout, which headlines a DAZN telecast Saturday evening from Honda Center in Anaheim, California.
Munguia (37-0, 30KOs) looked properly filled out right at the 160-pound limit, while Philadelphia’s Rosado (26-13-1, 15KOs) checked in at a shredded 159.4 pounds, his lightest weight in nearly three years.
Tijuana’s Munguia fights for the fourth time as a middleweight, following an active WBO junior middleweight title reign. The unbeaten rising star crammed six fights into a sixteen-month period beginning with his fourth-round knockout of Sadam Ali in May 2018. The fifth and final successful defense of his reign came in a fourth-round knockout of Patrick Allotey in September 2019, formally vacating the title later that year to campaign at middleweight.
All three fights at middleweight have ended inside the distance for Munguia. In his most recent start, the unbeaten 25-year-old stopped former title challenger Kamil Szeremeta after six one-sided rounds this past June 19 at Don Haskins Center on the campus of University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP).
On that show, Rosado registered perhaps the biggest win of his veteran career. The Philly native—who is now based in Los Angeles and trains under Freddie Roach at Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood—delivered an instant contender for Upset and Knockout of the Year following a sensational one-punch, third round knockout of unbeaten Bektemir Melikuziev. The fight took place at super middleweight, where Rosado has campaigned for his past four fights. The bout with Munguia marks his first at middleweight since a narrow points loss to Maciej Sulecki in March 2019, with both fighters scoring two knockdowns apiece in their entertaining slugfest.
At stake for Munguia is a path towards a title shot in 2022. A win on Saturday will put him on course for a potential WBC title eliminator versus former three-time challenger Sergiy Derevyanchenko.
Below are the weights for the rest of the DAZN undercard, beginning 9:00 pm ET/6:00 pm PT.
Alexis Rocha (17-1, 11KOs), Irvine, California, 146.2 pounds vs. Jeovanis Barraza (23-1, 15KOs), Barranquilla, Colombia, 146.4 pounds—10 rds, welterweight
D'Mitrius Ballard (20-0-1, 13KOs), Temple Hills, Maryland, 159.8 pounds vs. Paul Valenzuela Jr. (26-9, 17KOs), Santa Rosalia, Baja California, Mexico, 160 pounds—10 rds, middleweight
William Zepeda (23-0, 21KOs), San Mateo Atenco, Mexico, 134.4 pounds vs. John Vincent Moralde (24-4, 13KOs), General Santos City, Philippines, 133.8 pounds—10 rds, lightweight
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox