The Sunday Sermon: Boxing’s Newest Stars

Oleksandr Usyk

“I bow down toward your holy temple and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness, for you have exalted above all things your name and your word” Psalm 138:2

Is Usyk the last great Cruiserweight?

Possibly, and with a move up to the Heavyweight division, the Cruiserweight division may become dormant for years to come. As the unified champion, Usyk is the first ever winner of the World Boxing Super Series and cleaned out an entire division in the process of capturing the Muhammed Ali trophy.  If that’s not impressive enough, it only took him 15 fights, Google the last time that happened.

There was Evander Holyfield and Dwight Muhammed Qawi… And pretty much that’s it. Don’t get me wrong, James Toney was a brilliant Cruiserweight but his best moments were in different weight classes. Vassily Jirov gave us some memorable moments but few casuals remember his name anymore. David Haye, Juan Carlos Gomez and Carlos De Leon were all good fighters but were they great? You could argue for both sides.

Usyk is in a position to not only supplant his name as an all time great Cruiserweight but to crossover and become a household around the world. Can he beat Anthony Joshua or Deontay Wilder? Doubtful but not entirely out of the question. Can he bust up Charles Martin? 100 out of 100 times, easily. He would also beat 95 percent of the Heavyweights outside of the top 10 and quite honestly, a few inside the top 10. It’s all about matchups and with a guy like Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller, stationary with average hand speed, Usyk could easily pull the upset.

Usyk will definitely need to tinker with his game. His amateurish style works well against guys his same size but the Heavyweight division is a different monster. He’ll need to sit down on his punches more and work the body more efficiently but he’s the goods, there’s no denying that. His footwork, combination punching and ring IQ are heads and shoulders above the competition.

He’s diet Lomachenko right now, but he’s closing in on becoming a Lomachenko remix.

Jaime Munguia

“And how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus Timothy 3:15

Is Munguia the next great Mexican superstar?

Maybe. He certainly has the mental makeup and fan friendly style to rise to that next level. Is he a finished product? Hell no and it’s a scary thought to think this ‘kid’ (only 21) can only become stronger, better and smarter inside the ring. Let’s not forget, he’s headlining HBO boxing cards and defending major title trinkets while becoming a new face in boxing. The weight of the world is on shoulders but coming from where he did, Tijuana and fighting since the age of 15, this is probably the least of his worries.

Social media boxing experts are already wishing ill wishes of Charlo and Hurd towards Munguia. But ask yourself this, what were Charlo and Hurd doing at age 21? Well Hurd was fighting an 0-5 guy, and Charlo was fighting Larry Smith on Telefutura. Munguia already has a profile just as big with only being on the scene for two months.

And please save me with the notion that Hurd and Charlo run through this kid. Please, they’d be in a life and death fight with him. Let’s let the young man enjoy his victory and realize Hurd and Charlo won’t be seeing him anytime soon because uncle Al is still feeding them to old ass Lara and over cooked Trout until all his money, connections and good will run out. Munguia hasn’t even peaked yet he’s already a top fighter in the division.

While Hurd recovers from injury and Charlo argues with 130 and 140-pound fighters, Munguia will continue to brighten his star before moving up to the Middleweight division. Munguia, due to his promotional and television ties, will eventually land the Canelo or GGG jackpot before Hurd or Charlo ever do. And with Jacobs out of the PBC fold, Hurd and Charlo only have each other left at 154, and there are absolutely no top PBC fighters at 160 with the exception of Jermall Charlo. The future looks a lot brighter for Munguia.

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