Q&A: Gonzalo Munguía

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Gonzalo Munguía (17-6-3, 13 KOs) of Nicaragua is very much ready for his upcoming challenge to WBO super featherweight champion Román ‘Rocky’ Martínez (23-0-1, 14 KOs) of Puerto Rico on May 29th. The bout will take place at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico with PR Best Boxing (Iván and Peter Rivera) in association with All Star Boxing’s Félix ‘Tutico’ Zabala promoting the event.

Munguía knows that he has a tough task ahead of him in order to take away the title from Martínez in Puerto Rico but he is confident he can do it. Munguía also warns that Martínez should not take him lightly. Fightnews caught up with Munguía as he is in training in his native Nicaragua.

Do you consider yourself more of a boxer or puncher?

I consider myself more of a boxer. I am not a boxer in the traditional mold but you will see that I can hold my own with the best boxers in the world. If Martinez underestimates me then he will go down.

Do you feel you will be able to match Martinez’s power?

I have seen many fights of Martinez’s and in my opinion he does not have amazing power. He unloads good combinations and if you let him get his rhythm he will blow you away. I feel that I probably have more power than him. Come fight night I will be dictating the rhythm of the fight.

Did you learn anything from your fellow country man Santos Benavides’s fight with Martinez in 2008 where you feel you can use it to your advantage?

Santos was not in great shape for that fight. As you may know we both belong to the same stable. I have a huge chip on my shoulder. I want to prove how good I can be. Martinez is unbeaten because he has fought no one and not because he is a super natural boxer. The fans are going to really enjoy this fight.

Are you coming into to this fight looking for a knockout since you’re fighting Martinez in his native Puerto Rico?

I am looking for a fair fight. I will dictate the pace and he will feel my pressure. I once asked the great Alexis Arguello if somebody had ever stolen a fight from him. His answer was real simple, “Nobody stole anything from me. I would knock the crap out of my opponents.” If I do my job right, there wont be a need for the score cards.

The event is titled ‘Undefeated Champions’ and the main event will feature WBO junior featherweight champion Wilfredo Vázquez Jr. of Puerto Rico (18-0-1, 15 KOs) making the first defense of his title against unbeaten Universum promoted Zsolt Bedak (15-0, 5 KOs) of Hungary.

Tickets can be purchased by calling (787) 792-5000,online at, and are priced at $25, $40, $75, $150, and $300. The event is available on pay-per-view for all cable television and satellite systems in Puerto Rico and internationally.

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