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Johnson looking at Munguía

Bahamian middleweight boxer Tureano “Reno” Johnson is arguably in the best shape of his life, and is anxious and eager to get back into the ring. He may get that chance sometime in October, looking to fight Mexican Jaime Munguía.

The Johnson-Munguía pending bout was revealed by ESPN Deportes’ Salvador Rodriguez late last week. Rodriguez revealed that DAZN is expected to schedule the Devin Haney-Yuriorkis Gamboa bout that same month, but the main bout is said to be between Román “Chocolatito” González and Juan Francisco “Gallo” Estrada.

It has been over a year since the Bahamian middleweight boxer has stepped into the ring and did what he loves to do – punish opponents with his gloves.

When asked in a tweet by @MOEvator if he is open to fighting Munguía, Johnson responded: “I’m not open for Munguía, I’m HUNGRY for Munguía.”

When asked if this was happening, Johnson re-affirmed his position of getting back in the ring.

“My friend, I just want to fight someone, anyone. I’m hungry – 160 to 168 pounds let’s do this. Any fight with me is an exciting one. I bring action. I love fighting. This COVID-19 holding up too many fights, feels like I’m totally losing it at a time when I’m in the best shape and place of my life,” Johnson tweeted.

The 36-year-old defeated previously unbeaten Irishman Jason Quigley in 10 rounds last year July. In that round, Quigley’s corner threw in the towel and the Bahamian left the ring with the North American Boxing Federation (NABF) middleweight belt.

Johnson’s professional boxing record is 21-2-1 win/loss/draw, with 15 of those wins coming by way of knockout.

Back in May he called himself a “shark” and told Munguía to come for a swim.

“Got to keep the momentum going,” Johnson stated on Twitter. “Let’s bring on Jaime Munguía. Come and test the waters with a real Middleweight SHARK. Come for a swim, @jaimemunguia15.”

Munguía, 23, is a former World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior middleweight title holder, and is unbeaten. He has 35 wins and no losses or draws. He fought his middleweight debut bout back in January, finishing off Gary O’Sullivan in the 11th round. Munguía vacated the junior middleweight title when he moved up to the middleweight division.

The Bahamian is ranked as the number five contender in the World Boxing Council (WBC) middleweight division. Munguía is ranked at number two.

Golden Boy Promotions represents both Johnson and Munguía.

In a special feature with Golden Boys reporter Jess Rosales in late July, Johnson told her he wants to fight Saúl “Canelo” Alvarez, who is the World Boxing Association’s (WBA) Super Middleweight Champion.

“I believe I am the best option for Canelo,” said Johnson. “I don’t believe in any sense of the word, a champion, that any one of those other guys can stand with Canelo. I believe that they are all going in there for that money and they are not going to give an extraordinary show. You put Tureano inside that ring and I will fight my heart out because that is what I do best. I am a passionate man as a fighter but I am an even greater fan of boxing.”

The Olympian is ranked as the number six contender in the WBA. He knows Munguía is new in the weight class.

“It’s not just individually Munguía,” Johnson told Rosales. “It’s any of the big boys out there. I am in the top 10, I’ve been in the top 10 for quite a while. In recent times I’ve even been close to the number one ranking. I deserve that opportunity. I believe I’ve gotten an unfair shake at times but that’s just the way boxing is.”

During the first wave of the novel coronavirus pandemic, Johnson was still working out, even before Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis gave an approval for professional athletes to resume their training beyond their neighborhoods back in May. Johnson was able to spend some quality time with his wife and daughter during this time of the pandemic, and he is grateful for that.

ahamian middleweight boxer Tureano “Reno” Johnson is arguably in the best shape of his life, and is anxious and eager to get back into the ring. He may get that chance sometime in October, looking to fight Mexican Jaime Munguía.

The Johnson-Munguía pending bout was revealed by ESPN Deportes’ Salvador Rodriguez late last week. Rodriguez revealed that DAZN is expected to schedule the Devin Haney-Yuriorkis Gamboa bout that same month, but the main bout is said to be between Román “Chocolatito” González and Juan Francisco “Gallo” Estrada.

It has been over a year since the Bahamian middleweight boxer has stepped into the ring and did what he loves to do – punish opponents with his gloves.

When asked in a tweet by @MOEvator if he is open to fighting Munguía, Johnson responded: “I’m not open for Munguía, I’m HUNGRY for Munguía.”

When asked if this was happening, Johnson re-affirmed his position of getting back in the ring.

“My friend, I just want to fight someone, anyone. I’m hungry – 160 to 168 pounds let’s do this. Any fight with me is an exciting one. I bring action. I love fighting. This COVID-19 holding up too many fights, feels like I’m totally losing it at a time when I’m in the best shape and place of my life,” Johnson tweeted.

The 36-year-old defeated previously unbeaten Irishman Jason Quigley in 10 rounds last year July. In that round, Quigley’s corner threw in the towel and the Bahamian left the ring with the North American Boxing Federation (NABF) middleweight belt.

Johnson’s professional boxing record is 21-2-1 win/loss/draw, with 15 of those wins coming by way of knockout.

Back in May he called himself a “shark” and told Munguía to come for a swim.

“Got to keep the momentum going,” Johnson stated on Twitter. “Let’s bring on Jaime Munguía. Come and test the waters with a real Middleweight SHARK. Come for a swim, @jaimemunguia15.”

Munguía, 23, is a former World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior middleweight title holder, and is unbeaten. He has 35 wins and no losses or draws. He fought his middleweight debut bout back in January, finishing off Gary O’Sullivan in the 11th round. Munguía vacated the junior middleweight title when he moved up to the middleweight division.

The Bahamian is ranked as the number five contender in the World Boxing Council (WBC) middleweight division. Munguía is ranked at number two.

Golden Boy Promotions represents both Johnson and Munguía.

In a special feature with Golden Boys reporter Jess Rosales in late July, Johnson told her he wants to fight Saúl “Canelo” Alvarez, who is the World Boxing Association’s (WBA) Super Middleweight Champion.

“I believe I am the best option for Canelo,” said Johnson. “I don’t believe in any sense of the word, a champion, that any one of those other guys can stand with Canelo. I believe that they are all going in there for that money and they are not going to give an extraordinary show. You put Tureano inside that ring and I will fight my heart out because that is what I do best. I am a passionate man as a fighter but I am an even greater fan of boxing.”

The Olympian is ranked as the number six contender in the WBA. He knows Munguía is new in the weight class.

“It’s not just individually Munguía,” Johnson told Rosales. “It’s any of the big boys out there. I am in the top 10, I’ve been in the top 10 for quite a while. In recent times I’ve even been close to the number one ranking. I deserve that opportunity. I believe I’ve gotten an unfair shake at times but that’s just the way boxing is.”

During the first wave of the novel coronavirus pandemic, Johnson was still working out, even before Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis gave an approval for professional athletes to resume their training beyond their neighborhoods back in May. Johnson was able to spend some quality time with his wife and daughter during this time of the pandemic, and he is grateful for that.

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Simba French

Simba joined The Nassau Guardian in 2012 as a technical producer for Guardian Radio 96.9 FM. He joined the Editorial Department as a sports reporter in 2018. Simba has covered a wide range of sports stories, including the 2018 CARIFTA in Nassau, Bahamas. Education: College of the Bahamas, BA Media Journalism

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