It’s only been eight months since Jaime Munguia introduced himself to the boxing world. But in that time frame, he’s crushed three opponents on premium cable and suddenly built up a fan base hungry for more knockouts, and his next fight might be his biggest yet. Here’s everything you need to know to watch the Munguia vs. Inoue live stream for free.
Jaime Munguia vs. Takeshi Inoue
When: Saturday, Jan. 26 at 9pm ET
Where: Toyota Center in Houston
Streaming: DAZN (free with one-month trial)
Munguia vs. Inoue live stream: How to watch for free
DAZN’s boxing push into the U.S. market continues with its second telecast of 2019. Last week, DAZN showed potential middleweight star Demetrius Andrade’s 12th-round TKO of Artur Akavov. On Saturday, it’s Munguia’s turn to try to impress the U.S. boxing audience yet again. If you’re not already subscribed to DAZN, you can get a one-month free trial (you can sign up here to begin your free look). After the trial is complete, DAZN costs $9.99 per month. You can cancel at any time, but considering DAZN streams more than 100 combat sports events per year, it’s been a boon for boxing and MMA fans so far.
In the four months since DAZN arrived for U.S. audiences, it’s given boxing fans plenty of superstars to watch. Boxers like Anthony Joshua, Oleksandr Usyk, and Tony Bellew—fighters who usually perform either on pay-per-view, premium cable, or in overseas bouts that aren’t televised domestically—can be seen for less than $10 per month. Plus, DAZN now has exclusive rights to the fights of Canelo Alvarez—one of the most bankable stars in the world—including his just-announced May fight vs. Daniel Jacobs.
There are plenty of ways to live steam Munguia vs. Inoue. You can download the DAZN app on streaming devices like Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Xbox One, or PlayStation 4. You can also stream DAZN from iOS and Android devices, along with any web browser.
Jaime Munguia vs. Takeshi Inoue: Why it matters
On Saturday, Munguia will be featured on the streaming service DAZN for the first time, taking on the undefeated Takeshi Inoue. Munguia first came to prominence when he was featured on HBO fighting for a junior middleweight belt bout against the titlist Sadam Ali. Though he was relatively unknown, Munguia pulverized Ali for four rounds before the bout was mercifully halted.
Since then, Munguia dominated former 154-pound titlist Liam Smith in July, and two months later, he did this to Brandon Cook.
The last time @JaimeMunguia15 was in the ring…
— DAZN USA (@DAZN_USA) January 22, 2019
Munguia is one of the best 154-pound fighters in the world, but at the age of 22, he still has plenty of defensive flaws to fix if he wants to be an all-time great. He’ll probably eventually move up to the 160-pound weight class and potentially take on his Mexican countryman Canelo Alvarez in a fight that would draw plenty of money in North America. But he’s probably not good enough to beat an elite fighter like that yet. For now, Munguia has to try to improve against the likes of Inoue—who seems to be a sturdy fighter though he’s never fought outside Asia and has never faced a talent like Munguia.
“The plan is to move up to 160 pounds in about a year,” Munguia said. “We’re fine making weight now. I have no problems, but I feel I can move up and fight in other divisions. My body is such that I could even go up to 168 pounds. … “I don’t think there is any pressure with being mentioned with names like Canelo and [Gennady] Golovkin. I like this. It’s fun. I’m happy to be in fights like this and to see that we are advancing … I am conscious of what I am doing. I think I can move up to 160 pounds and fight any of the two.”
Next up for Munguia (31-0, 26 knockouts) is the relatively unknown Inoue (13-0-1, 7 KOs). Not that Munguia is underestimating the 154-pound fighter. “Takeshi Inoue is a strong fighter,” Munguia recently said. “He comes forward. He doesn’t mind taking a punch in order to land one. We have to be careful with that and come very prepared. We have to be careful with his right hand as well. We’re going to come very well prepared on Jan. 26.”
Munguia is a -3500 betting favorite, meaning you’d have to wager $3,500 to win $100 (Inoue is +1200 underdog, which means you’d earn $1,400 by betting $100).
“I’m thankful and happy with how my career went in 2018, but I’m hungrier and more excited than ever,” Munguia said. “I want to prove myself against the best. Takeshi Inoue is a warrior. Japanese fighters leave everything in the ring, and Inoue is no exception. His style will complement mine and will make for a great fight.”
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