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Coach Tony Sims Assessment of Canelo and Munguia

The upcoming clash between Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Jaime Munguia is shaping up to be a highly competitive affair, according to boxing trainer Tony Sims. Sims, who oversaw John Ryder’s fights with both Alvarez and Munguia in the past year, believes that Munguia's consistent improvement and Alvarez's observed decline make Saturday’s fight increasingly intriguing.



Tony Sims


The all-Mexican showdown, scheduled for Cinco de Mayo weekend at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena, marks Munguia's first fight since his January victory over Ryder, which forced the Briton's retirement.


Alvarez, on the other hand, secured a victory over Jermell Charlo before his fight with Ryder. Despite Alvarez being the favorite, Sims sees this as a significant test for the seasoned fighter.


"At this stage of ‘Canelo’s’ career, it’s a big test," said Sims. "He’s still a quality fighter and he’s still got that quality about him, where he’s still superior to Munguia. But Canelo definitely ain’t the fighter he was – that happens to everyone with a long career."

Sims praised Munguia's explosive style and punching power but noted that he is not as tactically smart as Alvarez, which could be a factor in the fight. Reflecting on Munguia's past fights, especially his narrow victory over Sergiy Derevyanchenko, Sims highlighted the learning experiences that have shaped Munguia into a better fighter.


Despite Munguia's improvements, Sims believes Alvarez's experience and savvy will ultimately give him the edge in the fight. He predicts a tactical battle, with Alvarez eventually winning on points.


The all-Mexican affair has generated significant buzz, with both fighters boasting a strong fan base. Sims expressed regret at not being able to attend the fight, citing the electric atmosphere that such a matchup would create.

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