Undefeated former world champion Jaime Munguia will face what is likely the most dangerous test of his perfect career, when he faces former amateur standout and world title challenger Sergiy Derevyanchenko on June 10 at the Toyota Arena in California. The fight will be broadcast live and exclusively on DAZN.
“Munguia has always wanted the toughest fights — and this is going to be one of them,” said Oscar De La Hoya, CEO and Chairman of Golden Boy Promotions.
“For years, Derevyanchenko has gone life and death with the division’s top middleweights and has always reached the final bell. Should Jaime get past him — and I believe he will — he is immediately in position for a world title shot.”
Munguia [41-0, 33 KO’s] first burst onto the scene back in 2018, when he blitzed former Miguel Cotto conqueror Sadam Ali in four rounds to win the WBO world super welterweight title at the age of just 20. He would defend the title five times, using his imposing physique to earn a reputation as one of the hardest punching world champions in the sport. A move north for the Mexican followed in 2020, and he has been just as impressive at middleweight, winning seven fights during his tenure at 160lbs.
Last time out, he dispatched the grossly overmatched Gonzalo Gaston Coria in Guadalajara back in November, and now, another victory against the highly experienced Derevyanchenko would be a huge statement regarding his search for dominance in a second weight division.
“I am very excited to return to the ring and even more excited to face a fighter like Derevyanchenko,” said Munguia.
“I think it will be a very intense fight from start to finish, but like always we are training very hard and are very ready to give the fans a very exciting fight. We will see you this June 10 in Southern California!”
The man standing in his way, Ukrainian Sergiy Derevyanchenko [14-4, 10 KO’s], has shared the ring with some of the greatest names the middleweight division has had to offer over the last decade or so. A bronze medalist and an Olympian as an amateur, Derevyanchenko turned professional in 2014, and earned the first of his three world title tilts when he challenged Danny Jacobs in New York in 2018. Despite an excellent performance, Derevyanchenko came up on the wrong side of a razor thin split decision. He proved his worth amongst the elite of the middleweight operators, and would once again look to become a world champion against IBF champion Gennady Golovkin in 2019. Many people believed Derevyanchenko deserved the nod following a gruelling 12 round affair with GGG, however it was once again his opponent who was declared the victor.
Further losses have followed against Jermall Charlo for the WBC title and Carlos Adames, although last time out he returned to the winners circle last summer when he decisioned Joshua Conley in New York.
The 37 year old will hope he still has one stellar performance left in him, in order to hand the exciting Munguia the first loss of his career and once again earn another shot at world glory.