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10 facts about Jaime Munguía before his fight with Canelo Álvarez

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A few days before Jaime Munguía steps into the ring to face Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez, here are 10 facts to get to know this boxer born in Tijuana, Baja California

The fight between Jaime Munguía and Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez is generating a lot of excitement among fans, as it is a showdown between two Mexicans that will pit youth against experience on Saturday, May 4th, at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Many maintain a reserved prediction, as both fighters have shown dominance, considering that both are strong rivals who have rarely been seen to fall within the ring. While the balance is in favor of Saúl Álvarez due to his vast experience and power, it is not ruled out that Munguía has what it takes to dethrone the man considered the best Mexican boxer in the world.

Who is Jaime Munguía? Canelo Álvarez’s opponent

Jaime Munguía is young but already has an excellent career, which led him to be chosen to face Canelo this coming May. To get to know the boxer a little better, here are some facts about him so you don’t lose sight of the fighter who could give Mexico and the whole world a big surprise.

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1. His full name is Jaime Aaron Munguía Escobedo, but everyone knows him simply as Jaime Munguía. He is originally from Tijuana, Baja California, and his birthday is October 6, 1996, so he is currently 27 years old.

2. is 1.83 meters tall and has competed in both middleweight and super welterweight divisions. In the latter, he defeated American Sadam Ali to become the World Boxing Council (WBC) champion of that division.

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3. Jaime Munguía boasts an impressive record of 43 victories, with 34 of them coming by knockout; he has no losses in his professional record.

4. His boxing style is orthodox: it’s a boxing stance where his left foot is forward, favoring his dominant side, which is, in this case, the right. It’s the same style that great boxers like Mike Tyson and Muhammad Ali used.

5. Jaime Munguía is nicknamed “Tatanka,” in reference to a dialogue from the movie “Dances with Wolves,” a term used by Sioux tribe members that means “buffalo.” However, the only one who can call him by this name is Fernando Beltrán, responsible for giving him this nickname.

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6. He made his professional debut on July 13, 2013, in his hometown of Tijuana, where he defeated Manuel Mora by knockout in the second round of the fight.

7. Jaime Munguía describes himself as a disciplined person and athlete who strives all the time and is very perseverant in achieving his goals.

8. He was responsible for throwing the first pitch during a San Diego Padres game in the 2023 MLB Season at Petco Park in commemoration of Hispanic Heritage Month.

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9. He has a pet named Drako, with whom he constantly shares photos. He is a Belgian Shepherd who accompanies him in various activities of his daily life, but also joins him on days when the Mexican trains at the gym.

10. He considers his number one fan to be his grandmother, or his “nana” as he calls her, a person who has accompanied him since he was very young and who has been a big part of his personal and professional life.

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Sources: Marca y AS

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