Munguia-Smith World Title Clash Lands at the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas

LIAM SMITH will challenge WBO Jr. Middleweight champion Jaime Munguia at the Hard Rock casino in Las Vegas on July 21.

The bout gives Smith the chance to win back the world title that he lost to Canelo Alvarez. The belt would be picked up by all-time great Miguel Cotto. He lost his final fight, and the WBO Jr. Middleweight title, to Sadam Ali. Due to a sudden allergic reaction, Liam was forced to pull out of a clash with Sadam Ali earlier this year. That gave unheralded replacement Munguia the chance to step in and shock Ali, scoring a significant upset and displaying intimidating power.

Now Smith gets his world title shot. He is expected to collide with Munguia in entertaining style.

“That fight’s on,” promoter Frank Warren told Boxing News.

“It’s a tough fight. This guy, he’s the next big thing for them. He’s a big puncher, there’s no doubt about that. But as I always said, in boxing it’s not just about who’s the biggest puncher.”

By John Dennen / Photo by Matt Heasley / Hogan Photos