ANAHEIM, CA (June 11, 2022) – Former world champion and undefeated Mexican super-star Jaime Munguia (40-0, 32 KOs) returned to Anaheim’s Honda Middle as he took on former world title challenger Jimmy “Kilrain” Kelly (26-3, 10 KOs) of Manchester, UK. The scheduled 12-round tremendous middleweight battle began off sluggish as Kelly maintained his distance and waited for Munguia to assault, a method he continued all through the battle. Comfortable to be the aggressor, Munguia landed sturdy energy punches as Kelly tried and sometimes didn’t counter. By the fifth spherical, Kelly, determined, started a show of holding; Munguia attacked, dropping him thrice to be declared the winner by knock-out on the 2:57 marker.
“It was tough at first since he’s a slippery, powerful fighter, and he might take a punch,” stated Jaime Munguia. “He was making an attempt to do his plan of assault, however I needed to do my factor and work the physique. My mentality was that I used to be dropping the primary three rounds. So I needed to comply with my plan of slowing him down by attacking the physique. I discovered that I needed to work via the center and throw punches just like the uppercut. I believe it was the punch that I knocked him down with.”
Munguia continued, “I believe this battle helped me out rather a lot. I’m prepared to return to 160 to battle for a world title or transfer to 168. I’m prepared for any problem. There are lots of people who’re supporting me. I need to say what Oscar stated for Charlo to develop some balls and cease hiding behind Haymon. I believe it might be nice for boxing. We hope that by the top of the 12 months we will get an enormous battle.”
“My technique was to maneuver and attempt to frustrate him,” stated Jimmy Kelly. “He’s a powerful, affected person fighter. However, he simply stayed calm and located the chance. It was my daughter’s birthday and I missed it which broke my coronary heart. I believed I’d win however now I’ve to return and clarify why I misplaced.”
The pleasure of Chihuahua, Oscar Duarte (23-1-1, 18 KOs), returned to battle within the US for the primary time since 2019 towards Mark “Machete” Bernaldez (23-6, 17 KOs) of Cotabato, the Philippines. The ten-round co-main occasion was a crowd pleaser as fighters willingly exchanged blows. Nonetheless, Duarte proved to have extra energy as he knocked out Bernaldez at 2:05 of the fifth spherical.
“It was a harder battle than I anticipated,” stated Oscar Duarte. “I adopted my group’s plan and bought the outcomes I used to be searching for. My opponent was very resilient, he took a whole lot of my pictures however I finished him in the long run. I sit up for preventing extra this 12 months. Thanks to everybody who supported me.”
IBF Minimumweight World Champion Yokasta “Yoka” Valle (25-2, 9 KOs) of San Jose, Costa Rica, efficiently defended her world title for the fifth time in spectacular trend when she defeated Los Angeles’ Lorraine Villalobos (5-4, 2 KOs). Valle was relentless the 10-round battle profitable all rounds with three scores of (100-90) through unanimous determination.
Carlos Ortiz (13-5, 13 KOs) of Torreon, Mexico, placed on an amazing efficiency and scored an upset victory towards Evan Sanchez (11-1, 6 KOs) of Parlier, CA. The fighters went toe-to-toe of their 8-round tremendous welterweight occasion, however the battle didn’t go the gap. The fighters have been exchanging blows when Sanchez bought caught and Ortiz put the strain on, dropping Sanchez on the canvas and ending the battle on the 2:59 marker; profitable the battle through knock-out.
“I really feel extraordinarily joyful and pleased with my group,” stated Carlos Ortiz. “I by no means imagined profitable that method. I’ve no phrases to clarify how joyful I’m. I’m not going to retire, I’m going to proceed. My plan was to be sensible, get within the inside and ensure I take him to the ropes. He would throw a hook, I’d throw mine and that’s how I bought him. I knew he was brave and I knew he was going to go toe-to-toe with me however I used to be the stronger fighter tonight. Thanks! I will likely be right here for some time. Lengthy dwell Mexico!”
The Golden Boy Struggle Night time: Munguia vs. Kelly Prelims was headlined by Carlos Ocampo (34-1, 22 KOs) of Ensenada, Mexico, as he defeated Vincent Rodriguez (40-11-1, 21 KOs) of Buenos Aires, Argentina, through knock-out on the 2:06 marker of the primary spherical. The middleweight battle was initially scheduled for 8-rounds.
“I felt excellent and powerful,” stated Carlos Ocampo. “I anticipated him to point out extra resistance however I’m glad we bought a superb outcome right now. I see myself preventing huge names sooner or later.”
“Pin-Pon” Reyes (8-0, 5KOs) of Mexicali, Mexico dominated Moises Flores (25-7-1, 17 KOs) of Guadalajara, Mexico stopping him within the second spherical through KO of a 6-round tremendous light-weight battle. Reyes dropped Flores with a straight 1, 2 on the 0:50 marker of the aforementioned spherical.
“My group informed me to relax the primary spherical and let him come to me,” stated Pin-Pon Reyes. “Sure, I needed to alter as a result of he was an ungainly fighter. If you happen to take heed to your nook, you’ll get the job achieved. It’s an amazing expertise to battle within the Golden Boy card, it’s the entire bundle. The chance reveals itself and we’ve got to reap the benefits of it.”
Norwalk’s Japhethlee Llamido (8-0, 3 KOs) outboxed Saul Hernandez (17-16-1, 12 KOs), leading to an unanimous determination victory. Llamido was selecting pictures all through the 6-round light-weight occasion, profitable through unanimous determination with scores of 60-53.
“It was a superb battle, he gave me the rounds I wanted,” stated Japhethlee Llamido. “I don’t need any first spherical knock-outs. I need to go the gap. In coaching camp we work exhausting for anyone. Lots of people attempt to examine me and assume strain can cease me however I’m prepared for that. I’m a fighter. We just like the strain. We simply have to regulate to each opponent like we did right now.”
Opening up the battle evening, Jorge Estrada (3-0, 3KOs) of Mexicali, Mexico, stopped Hassan Coleman of Los Angeles, CA (0-1) with an uppercut to the physique after the fighters exchanged a collection of punches. Estrada gained through knock-out with a time of 1:51 within the first spherical of a 4-round tremendous welterweight bout.
“I felt very sturdy, I had an amazing preparation and I’m very pleased with my group,” stated Jorge Estrada. “My opponent had a heavy hand however he wanted extra to get to me. I’m going to maintain working exhausting and provide you with guys some extra fights this 12 months.”