Munguia: We Worked On That Uppercut, Erik Morales Really Loves That Punch

To those who insist Jaime Munguia got lucky in his latest fight, he has a training camp’s worth of footage to show his critics that the night went according to plan.

The former junior middleweight titlist from Tijuana turned away a stiff challenge from Tureano Johnson in claiming a stoppage win after six competitive rounds of action. A right uppercut from Munguia opened up a grotesque cut on the upper lip of Bahamas’ Johnson (21-3-1, 15KOs) to force the stoppage in their DAZN main event Friday evening from Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California.

Munguia found early success with the very punch which would ultimately end the fight, driving home a jaw-rattling shot near the end of an otherwise difficult 1st round and letting it fly from there.

“We worked on that uppercut a lot in training camp,” Munguia told BoxingScene.com following the win, his second straight at middleweight. “My trainer, (Hall of Fame former four-division champion) Erik Morales really loves that punch.

“When we found out we were fighting Tureano Johnson, we worked on perfecting it. I noticed I could get him coming in. He would lean to his side a bit so I know I just had to go to my right and let that uppercut rip.”

Munguia—who made his middleweight debut in an 11th round stoppage of Gary ‘Spike’ O’Sullivan in January—overcame a persistent attack from Johnson to make his presence truly felt in round two. The 24-year old threatened to take over the fight, only for Johnson to enjoy a surge in rounds four and five before having his face literally busted wide open near the end of round six.

Time was called to examine the cut on Johnson’s lip as well as one over his right eyelid. The 2008 Olympian and veteran middleweight gatekeeper was permitted to continue the final 0:21 of the round, only for the fight to be called in between rounds.

“I didn’t think it would end that soon, I thought he would be able to go another round or two,” noted Munguia, who sought a more emphatic finish. “But I knew I had him hurt. I saw the opening in round two, I opened up a cut with the uppercut and just applying pressure to hurt him.

“Then in round six, I saw the shot that split his lip open. I figured it would be a matter of time before I finished him but didn’t know it would end in between rounds.”

Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox