Boxing Star Jaime Munguia Shares His Insights Into Staying Unbeaten

Practically a yr in the past, Jaime Munguia thrilled boxing audiences with an epically unmatched efficiency that showcased his skills and unquestionable conditioning. One of many few questions that stay for the unbeaten tremendous middleweight is whether or not now a step up in competitors will end in a step as much as a world title combat.

With a win on Saturday towards hard-hitting John Ryder (32-6), at Phoenix’s Footprint Middle (and streamed stay on DAZN)—Munguia can reply that query. It’s his most tough problem so far, because the British 168-pounder is seeking to rebound off a troublesome, hard-fought loss to a fighter many really feel is the most effective within the sport right this moment—Canelo Alvarez.

Alvarez is the identify dropped by Munguia’s promoter, Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya, in terms of making the subsequent step ahead. However proper now, Munguia, whereas nonetheless undefeated, is confidently honed in on positive tuning his abilities for an additional monster exhibiting this weekend.

No person’s excellent,” Munguia stated via a translator. “We at all times must be taught we at all times must continue learning. And at one level we are going to lose that perfection, so now we have to maintain on studying to maintain shifting ahead.”

Munguia says he’s been a nonstop pupil of the boxing sport since his first victory in 2013, as he explains to M&F. However even the present WBO silver tremendous middleweight champion isn’t essentially on the lookout for a repeat of final June’s epic 12-round win over Sergiy Derevyanchenko. The brutal backwards and forwards was as a lot bodily draining because it was thrilling—ESPN named it the 2023 Battle of the Yr. The 27-year-old says the important thing to his conditioning is old-school operating.

“I’ll run day-after-day for an hour to an hour and a half,” Munguia says. “Then it’s some extra conditioning, then boxing. That’s how we do it.”

Along with roadwork, for this weekend’s combat, Munguia has additionally begun coaching with Freddie Roach, the legendary coach who additionally labored with De La Hoya throughout his 2007 combat towards Floyd Mayweather. Though his file has zero blemishes, Munguia says there have been nonetheless some tweaks from the final combat which were mounted, that he’s prepared to point out combat followers.

“Freddie has helped me polish loads of issues that I used to be already engaged on,” Munguia says. “He has made him virtually excellent polish them off. And on Saturday you’re gonna see them.”

Previous to Saturday’s bout, Muscle & Health spoke with Munguia on what motivates him, how he’s getting ready and the way and cooking as soon as the combat is over.

Jaime Munguia vs. John Ryder
Golden Boy / Cris Esqueda

What’s the very first thing you’ll have to do after weigh ins?

Proper after weigh-ins I wish to hydrate rather a lot. Like, loads of electrolytes. I’ll eat loads of oats and stuff that doesn’t make me really feel too heavy as a result of I nonetheless should be prepared for the combat. So I nonetheless must control what I’m consuming, even after I handed the weigh in.

Have you ever needed to focus in your eating regimen throughout combat camp?

Probably not. It’s been fairly regular for me. At camp I’m fairly prepared and don’t actually need to lose any weight.

Your final combat towards Sergiy Derevyanchenko was brutal and thrilling—and named ESPN’s Battle of the Yr. How do you put together conditioning clever to outlive and thrive for 12 rounds?

It’s a must to work actually, actually arduous as a result of your physique must be prepared for the punishment. You have to be able to be good and effectively at combat time and simply hold working arduous with the intention to be prepared.

What does getting punched like that for 12 rounds really feel like?

Getting punched is my livelihood. You simply prepare for it by getting ready your self via all of the coaching main as much as the combat. That’ll get you prepared for each punch.

Jaime Munguia and Freddie Roach
Golden Boy / Cris Esqueda

What makes this combat towards John Ryder totally different out of your different fights?

There’s loads of fighters who like to remain at a sure stage. That’s not me. With this combat, I wish to continue learning and studying, and now with Freddie, we’re higher than earlier than and are going to be prepared for this combat.

What’s a day of coaching like for Jaime Munguia for this combat?

I get up and run, then do some conditioning earlier than breakfast. I’ll relaxation slightly bit then by the night I’m going again and it’s boxing.

How a lot sleep do you get throughout camp?

I’ll get seven to 9 hours. Generally it’s six, however often it’s seven or eight hours. That’s the norm.

What’s one drill that works greatest for you that each fighter ought to incorporate?

I’m used to operating lengthy distances. Not a complete lot, possibly an hour, hour and a half.  It’s one thing that works for me, and I love to do it. I’d suggest everyone to try this.

I bought this recommendation from Eric Morales, a former world champion and former coach. He’d inform me that again within the day fighters didn’t prepare conditioning, all they did was run. They didn’t care about consuming or something—All they did was run. And that’s how they bought to fifteen rounds. In order that’s why I try this. That’s why I like to run. If I run, in terms of combating I can go on and on and on.

What sort of coaching do you dread probably the most?

I dread when now we have to do sprints. It could possibly be Wednesday or Thursday. I’ll get up and really feel good, after which I’ll keep in mind that it’s dash day, then it’s like, ugh, right here we go once more. That’s the one factor I don’t like.

As soon as the combat is over, what’s the very first thing Jaime Munguia will probably be ordering?

I wish to return to Tijuana and eat some tacos. [laughs]



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