Results by Canelo vs. GGG 2: Jaime Munguia thwarts Brandon Cook for a clear win

Results by Canelo vs. GGG 2: Jaime Munguia thwarts Brandon Cook for a clear win

LAS VEGAS – With only three fights at world level, 21-year-old WBO junior middleweight champion Jaime Munguia still sees only one problem for the 154-pound division.

After Munguia (31-0, 26 KOs) showed on Saturday in the T-Mobile Arena a co-main event spot on the pay-per-view card Canelo Alvarez-Gennady Golovkin II, he dominated the smaller and superior Brandon Cook in the third round.

Munguia, a native of Mexico, first gained fame when he almost challenged Golovkin for his middleweight stocks in May after Alvarez resigned after a failed pair of drug tests from their originally planned rematch. After Munguia was rejected by the Nevada State Athletic Commission as an acceptable opponent, he took advantage of the previous months to become one of the most promising action fighters on the rise.

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A knockout victory for then-champion Sadam Ali in May and a highly competitive decision over Liam Smith in July led Munguia to a quick comeback against Canadian-born Cook, who came into play as a strong underdog. Cook, towering over as an extremely tall 154-pounder, looked more like a light heavyweight to Munguia because, according to CompuBox, he outloaded his opponent 43 to 13 by focusing on the body.

Munguia also kept up with the players of the PPV card when he deposed Cook (20-2, 13 KOs) in the third round with a body shot and shortly thereafter jumped with his attack on the ropes until referee Tony Weeks went down, to end the fight.

"My last fight, I was not focused enough for this fight, but this time I was focused," Munguia said. "I think I'm always on the lookout for the KO and that was part of the problem, so now I've focused a little bit more and you can see the results now."

After the fight, asking if he would consider seeking a chance against such a dangerous fighter as Golovkin, rather than continuing his steady growth at such a young age, the hungry Munguia did not give up.

"In every fight, you see what you did well and not so well and you learn from each fight and bring it to the next fight," Munguia said. "It's a process, I'm learning other things and I'm still young, but when [a Golovkin fight] comes back on the table, I will take up the fight. "

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