Headlining DAZN’s card on the second weekend of the year is highly touted Mexican and former 154lbs WBO Champion Jaime Munguia in his debut up at 160lbs against tough veteran Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan. The bout comes after Munguia dispatched the overmatched Patrick Allotey in September. Meanwhile the latter, O’Sullivan, is in the process of picking up the pieces of his career after being blown out in dramatic fashion by the hard-punching David Lemieux in September of 2018, picking up two routine victories since.
Munguia, who is trained by icon and legend Erik Morales, will be looking to move to an impressive 35-0 in this fight. The Mexican had a lukewarm 2019, dispatching Allotey convincingly, after unconvincing wins against Takeshi Inoue and Dennis Hogan, the latter of whom many believe did enough to get a judges’ decision, but the three wise men in Monterrey, Mexico, favoured the home fighter. Munguia, who was seen as a large and imposing 154lber, will now be looking a lot more normal as he steps in with Spike O’Sullivan, who is a career middleweight, save for the odd cameo up at 168.
The man in the other corner, hailing from Cork, will see 2019 as a year of rebuilding. His 2018 ended bitterly after succumbing to Lemieux in the first round of their fight, in an occasion where O’Sullivan took one hell of a beating. O’Sullivan had previously strung together a run of six wins, five of which didn’t go the distance before the Lemieux fight, gaining him fans and plaudits on both sides of the pond. The popular Irishman has been six and eight rounds with his two limited opponents in 2019, but he could be forgiven for taking it easy and gaining himself precious rounds in the process, something hard to come by when you punch as hard as O’Sullivan.
In regards to the matchup, both men are come-forward fighters who like to load up on their punches, so the winner will probably be the fighter who holds their opponent’s shot better. With that said, pretty much every natural advantage will go to the younger, fresher Mexican.
By no means does a win for either man guarantee, or even put themselves in the picture for a world title shot, but this fight is more than deserving of headlining its own show. Munguia is a potential future opponent for Canelo, being young, undefeated, exciting and the Mexican sees to that. O’Sullivan is a real fans’ favourite. With that said, both men will probably have to show something different from what they have showed before if anyone is to give them a chance at the Champions at Middleweight.