We analyse the credentials and statistics of experienced British super-middleweight John Ryder and the unbeaten Mexican superstar Jaime Munguia ahead of their 168lbs showdown in January.
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The assumption that a defeat can do serious harm to a boxer’s career is slowly disappearing from the sport.
Take John Ryder, for example... the British super-middleweight has had half a dozen losses in a 38-fight career which began over 13 years ago at York Hall, yet, as of right now, his reputation has never been greater.
In the early hours of Sunday 28th January, the 35-year-old will be at the Footprint Centre in Phoenix, Arizona, looking to put another stamp on the 12 stone division.
But standing in his way is Mexican tornado Jaime Munguia, who is yet to taste defeat in 42 contests.
Munguia’s endgame at 168lbs is a showdown with Canelo Alvarez but Ryder, nicknamed ‘The Gorilla’, will leave everything inside the trenches of the squared circle.
A fascinating clash awaits us, but who wins?
Let’s look at the Tale of the Tape.
|42-0 (33 KOs)
|32-6 (18 KOs)
|Won - (UD) v Sergiy Derevyachenko (July 2023)
|Lost - (UD) v Canelo Alvarez (May 2023)
Five months short of his 17th birthday Jaime Munguia was already a professional fighter, winning his debut against another debutant Manuel Mora (who never fought again).
Two months later Munguia’s compatriot and Mexican icon Canelo Alvarez lost to Floyd Mayweather. The teenager was touted as Mexico's next big thing - maybe even the heir to Canelo's throne!
He's now 42 fights unbeaten, but that number is irrelevant. Mexican fighters amass fight records with sometimes eye-watering totals.
What is relevant is who Munguia has fought and how after 11 years in the sport he still does not possess a standout win on his record. The likes of Liam Smith, Takeshi Inoue, Dennis Hogan, and Gabriel Rosado were all respectable opponents, but they were all expected to be beaten and they were.
Munguia’s most talked about win came in June 2023 against 38-year-old Ukrainian veteran Sergiy Derevyanchenko. Why? Well because the two threw hell for leather at one another delivering a fight of the year contender and in some places a winner.
But it shouldn’t have been. Munguia should have dealt with him the way he had with Smith, Inoue etc.
Having begun his career at 140lbs Munguia is now 28lbs heavier at 168lbs. One world title at super-welterweight (154lbs) and a stop off at middleweight (160lbs) hasn’t set the world on fire, but time is on his side.
John Ryder is another opponent he is expected to beat but then what next?
His desire for a Canelo super-fight has resulted in shrugs from the industry. Boxing expects more of Jaime Munguia. If he isn’t capable then Ryder will expose the Mexican’s inability to perform like one of the best fighters in the world.
|Fighting on the back foot
|A good front-runner
|Uncomfortable under pressure
|Left hand / left hook
|Carries chin high in exchanges
It will be another trip into the trenches for John Ryder on January 28th!
Having chased big fights, and big paydays, the Islington man has certainly been rewarded in two of his last three fights against Daniel Jacobs and Canelo Alvarez.
Scratching and clawing his way to such occasions have Ryder down as a legitimate top 10 fighter in the super-middleweight division.
The Briton openly admits to not having too many more fights left in the tank, which makes the forthcoming showdown with Munguia crucial to how his 2024 pans out.
Having persevered with his ambitions Ryder doesn’t want to be forced down from his climb back up. He wants to keep going until his body and mind tell him otherwise.
Munguia will likely start fast looking to make his mark by dominating rounds or securing a knockdown. Ryder may have to hang tough but crucially will have to take a leaf out of Sergiy Derevyanchenko's book, after his punches forced Munguia into retreat mode - a position the Mexican does not like.
A performance such as the one Ryder gave against Callum Smith could present major problems for Munguia, whose idea of defence is his chin.
The first six rounds are pivotal to both fighters. In the end it may come down to who is the strongest down the home stretch.
|Miles on the clock
|Punishment taken against Canelo
All odds displayed within this article were correct at the time of writing and are subject to fluctuation.