Jaime Munguia had his hands full for six rounds against Tureano Johnson, but managed to get the win on Friday night after Johnson’s lip was split in half – like an old hook had been ripped from the mouth of a fish – at Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, Calif.
The fight was stopped after the sixth round by the doctor, bringing a premature end to the former WBO junior middleweight titleholder’s second assignment at 160 pounds, and first fight under new head trainer Erik Morales. The cut was not unlike the one that Arturo Gatti suffered in his 2007 knockout loss to Alfonso Gomez.
The freak injury was the product of a right uppercut from Munguia (36-0, 29 knockouts), who had to use more of his boxing ability and counterpunching against the aggressive Johnson (21-3-1, 15 KOs), who was in the fight all the way until the end. The ringside physician gave Johnson the remaining 20 seconds of the round to make something happen, but Munguia had the advantage and rocked Johnson with a right hand right after the bell, and was bloodied and swollen as he walked back to his corner.
The fight aired live on DAZN in the United States.
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Noel Galang – Kamao TV