Jaime Munguia is ready to go. After an almost two-month postponement and three different opponents, the undefeated Mexican middleweight will face Poland’s Kamil Szeremeta in a 12-round match on Saturday afternoon at the Don Haskins Center.
“The training camp went well, I’m looking forward to getting back in the ring and putting on a great show for the fans,” said Munguia at a press conference on Thursday afternoon. “It’s time to put everything together that I worked on in training.”
Munguia is 36-0 with 29 knockouts and is a retired junior middleweight champion. The 21-1 Szeremeta suffered his only loss to Gennady Golovkin in a middleweight title bout last year.
“I respect my opponent,” said Munguia. “I know what to do and what to do.”
Morales happy as a coach
El Paso will always have a special place in the heart of former world champion Erik Morales. He won the WBC junior featherweight title in El Paso on September 6, 1997 against Daniel Zaragoza at the El Paso County Coliseum.
On Saturday he will be the main voice as head coach of Munguia.
“I have great memories of El Paso,” said Morales. “El Paso has a lot of great boxing fans and it was an unforgettable night to win the world title. It’s nice to be back. I like to train and enjoy giving back to the sport I love.”
During his 55-winning career, Morales was trained by his father, Jose.
“I learned a lot from my father and that helped me train fighters,” said Morales.
Rosado rises to the challenge
Philadelphia super middleweight Gabriel Rosado has fought some of boxing’s greatest and toughest opponents with 25 wins in his 39 fight career. He has fought Golovkin, Peter Quilllin, David Lemieux, Alfredo Angulo, Daniel Jacobs and Martin Murray.
On Saturday he will meet the coveted candidate Bektemir “Bully” Melikuziev, who is 7-0 with six knockouts.
“I had a great camp and I feel good,” said Rosado. “I know that my opponent is a highly valued candidate. I have to fight my fight and do what I can. I have been fully focused on this fight. If I win we will continue from here. I am ready for a great fight and I’m ready to do my best. “
The women’s fight promises to be entertaining
The 10-round battle for the WBC flyweight title between Mexico’s Ibeth Zamora (32-6) and Houston’s Marlen Esparza (9-1) has the potential to be an entertaining match. Zamora has more fights, but Esparza has a lot of international experience and is a former Olympic bronze medalist.
Zamora said her six losses in her career helped her grow as a fighter.
“I took all these losses as an opportunity to get better,” said Zamora. “The fight against Marlen will be a great opportunity that I’m looking forward to.”
Esparza added, “We had a great camp, it was a very technical camp. I’ve been working on a lot of different things and I feel great going into battle.”
Cobbs faces a major challenge
Welterweight contender Blair Cobbs (14-0) faces a serious challenge in a 10-round match against Brad Solomont (29-3).
Cobbs said his training camp with Freddie Roach in California went well. Cobbs has been training with Roach for about a year.
“I’ll go into this fight well prepared as I’ve done the work necessary to survive at this level. Since meeting Freddie Roach I’ve added a few wrinkles to my game. All of my sparring partners” were world class fighters, so there’s nothing Solomon will bring to this fight that I haven’t seen before, “said Cobbs.” I’m excited, I’m looking forward to this opportunity.
Start time, tickets
The portion of the fight streamed by DAZN begins at 1:30 p.m. with Munguia and Szeremeta scheduled as the main event. Additional undercard fights will be broadcast live on Facebook Watch from 5:30 p.m. on the Golden Boy Fight Night Page
Tickets for the Saturday event are on sale now and cost $ 200, $ 100, $ 60, and $ 35, plus applicable service fees. To encourage social distancing, tickets are only sold in pods / groupings of 2, 3, 4 and 6 people. To top up over the phone with a major credit card, call 747-5234. Tickets will also be available at http://www.utepspecialevents.com or www.ticketmaster.com.
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Saturday, Don Haskins Center
First fight at 1:30 p.m.
* Gregory Morales (12-0) versus William Gonzalez (30-15), 4 rounds, superbantam weights
* Jousce Gonzalez (10-0-1) against Gabriel Gutierrez (30-15), 4 rounds, super lightweights
* Raul Curiel (9-0) against Ferdinand Keroyban (14-1), 10 rounds. Welterweight
* Alexis Rocha (16-1) against Jameson Bacon (26-4), 10 rounds, welterweight
* Tristan Kalkreuth (8-0) vs. Demetrius Banks (10-10-1), six rounds, cruiserweight
* Manuel Flores (9-0) against Daniel Lozano (15-10-1), six rounds, super bantamweight
* Kamil Szeremeta (21-1) against Jaime Munguia (36: 0), 12 rounds, middleweight
* Bektemir Melikuziev (7-0) against Gabriel Rosado (25-13), 12 rounds, super middleweight
* Ibeth Zamora (32-6) vs. Marlen Esparza (9-1), 10 rounds, WBC women’s flyweight title
* Blair Cobbs (14-0-1) vs. Brad Solomon (29-3), 10 rounds, welterweight