Former WBO junior middleweight champion Jaime Munguia will not be facing off against WBA 175-pound champion Dmitry Bivol anytime soon, according to Munguia's promoter Fernando Beltran of Zanfer. Instead, Beltran is working to secure a fight between Munguia and former middleweight champion Gennadiy Golovkin on June 10th.
Last week, promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom revealed that he was exploring a possible fight between Munguia and Bivol at 175 pounds, but Beltran quickly shut down that possibility, stating that Munguia already had a date with DAZN for June 10th.
"It was our side who looked for Bivol, but we couldn't make a deal," Beltran told Izquierdazo. "Unfortunately, Bivol is not very popular. He has been effective in the ring, but he is not very popular. We would love to fight with him in the future, but we are talking about the two weight classes above (Munguia's division). We would fight with him (Bivol) if nobody else wants to. If someone runs away from him (Bivol), we will face him."
Beltran expressed his hope that a deal could be reached to get Golovkin into the ring for the June date, stating that there have been actual discussions about the fight.
"Yes, we have been talking to Tom Loeffler (GGG's promoter)," Beltran said. "The truth is that there have been actual discussions, and we want to close it soon. We would love to fight Golovkin. We have looked for that fight for a long time, since the beginning of Jaime's career, and we couldn't make it. But we are trying again."
Golovkin vs. Munguia had been scheduled to take place in 2018, but the Nevada State Athletic Commission rejected the contest, citing Munguia's lack of experience.
It remains to be seen whether a fight between Munguia and Golovkin will come to fruition this time around, but the possibility is certainly an exciting one for boxing fans. Munguia has been making a name for himself in the sport, and a win over a veteran like Golovkin could propel him even further into the spotlight. Stay tuned for updates on this developing story.