The WBO Junior middleweight title will be on the line when 22year-old James Munguia seeks to repel the threat of another fierce competitor in World Boxing Organization African super welterweight champion, Patrick Allotey.
The young Mexican champion is favorite to win the bout but no one can write off the Ghanaian.
The biggest issue for the Allotey and his camp is the VISA drama which has complicated things and truncated the optimism ahead of Saturday’s bout.
For the Mexican defender, James Muninga, he has called the bluff a lot of times poking bigger titleholders in his quest unify and possible move up a weight.
Many boxing fans are already asking for a Munguia against Canelo Alvarez bout.
The boxer himself did hint in his last fight that he could be looking to move from 154Ibs although he was controversially ruled winner against Irish competitor Denis Hogan.
This bout is too crucial for the Mexican and his camp and will be key to measure their progress, especially against an experienced 28-year-old Ghanaian, who has fought 40 times and lost only thrice.
There were clear loopholes in Munguia’s last title defense, with Hogan himself feeling he was robbed to the brim.
That’s where the possibility of Allotey snatching the title comes in.
It’s a possibility but given the uncertainty of heading into the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California without the services of the Ghanaian’s preferred trainer may beat down the morale and have psychological consequences.
The Ghanaian is looking to win his country’s 11th world title after Richard Commey won the tenth.
Allotey knows he has to work hard on his defense as he faces a lethal knockout expert who has already seen 76% of knockout success in his 33 undefeated bouts.
The African Champion will have to handle pressure from an arena where majority of fans are likely to go for the Mexican and nothing but absolute brilliance in the ring can save the Ghanaian’s dream of becoming a world champion.
The big question will be if the Ghanaian can put all the off-ring issues behind and act as a technical man as well as a boxer in the absence of his trainer for such a crucial once in a lifetime bout.
At the final press conference ahead of the WBO Junior Middleweight title bout, Patrick Allotey was brief in words but made his intentions known as he seeks to replicate Ghana’s great Azuma Nelson.
The Ghanaian decided to do more talking in the ring instead.
“Coming Saturday, Munguia is coming to throw his big shots and he thinks he can knock Patrick Allotey. I am also a good fighter and I am coming to fight and win. When you are outside you can talk a lot but when you enter the ring everything change. I have power and have long term skills to defend myself. May the best man win”.
Mexican Boxers have been a leech in the path of Ghana’s road to boxing glory in recent times.
Just to recall, the then average Mexican Boxer Jessie Magdaleno shook the Maddison Square Gardens when he ‘disciplined’ Isaac Dogbe twice as a title challenger and in a rematch.
Allotey must be wary of the Mexican threat.
Date for the bout is Saturday, September 14, 2019, at 9:00pm GMT
Written by: Dampte-Larbi Godfred|UniversSports|universnewsroom.com