Canelo Alvarez cops boos from crowd after post-fight act after defeating Jamie Munguía

The biggest star in boxing copped a surprise reaction in his post-fight speech

Boxing superstar Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez has prompted a surprise reaction in his post-fight speech from the American and Mexican crowd after defeating Jamie Munguía. In a historic night for the nation, two boxers hailing from Mexico went toe-to-toe for Canelo's super middleweight titles.

The younger Munguia came out flying and used his output and quick hands to trouble Canelo in the opening three rounds. However, Canelo used his experience and weathered the storm, before he eventually dropped Munguia with a counter uppercut in the fourth. And Canelo never looked in too much trouble after he took control.

Canelo Alvarez celebrates and Canelo holds his belts.
Boxing superstar Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez (pictured) was briefly booed in his post-fight intervierw after defeating Jamie Munguía when he dodged the question over his next rival. (Getty Images)

Canelo then continued to land the precise shots throughout the contest to comfortably win a unanimous decision over his fellow Mexican rival. The Mexican champion celebrated after the vicotry and admitted he knew his younger opponent would attempt to destabilise him early in the fight.

“I take my time,” Canelo said in English. “That’s why I have a lot of experience. Jaime Munguía is a great fighter. He’s strong, he’s smart. But I take my time. I have 12 rounds to win the fight and I did. I did really good and I feel proud about it.” When asked about his counter-attack tactics, Canelo was adamant he knew his skills would help him get the better of Munguía.

Canelo Alvarez walks away after knocking down Jaime Munguia.
Canelo Alvarez (pictured) knocked down Jaime Munguia during their super middleweight title fight.

“He’s strong but I think he’s a little slow. I could see every punch … That’s why I’m the best. I’m the best fighter right now, for sure," he added. However, Canelo didn't win over the crowd with his next answer. Boxing fans have been critical of Canelo in the last two years for not taking a fight with another Mexican boxer David Benavidez. Canelo has opted to avoid the callouts from Benavidez and has put it down to it not being the mega-money fight.

Unable to avoid the question in the ring, Canelo was asked about who was next and it was pointed out Benavidez was in the building watching his victory. And Canelo originally avoided the question.

Canelo Alvarez embraces Jaime Munguia.
Canelo Alvarez (pictured right) consoling Jaime Munguia after his victory.

“I don’t know right now,” Álvarez says. “I’m going to rest, I’m going to enjoy my family," he said. Surprisingly, the crowd took exception to his answer and a chorus of boos were heard around the arena. This prompted a change in Canelo who defended his own record. "But you know, if the money is right, I fight right now. I don’t give a shit," he said.

He then added: “At this point, everybody’s asking for everything, right? When I fought Lara, Charlo, Miguel Angel Cotto, Mayweather, Billie Joe Saunders, everybody say I don’t want to fight them. And I fought all of them. So right now, I can ask whatever I want and I can do whatever I want.”

Fans were disappointed to see Canelo not mention Benavidez in the post-match interview and pointed the boos ringing around the arena. This surprised viewers with Canelo an extremely popular fighter in Mexico and doesn't often cop the ire of the crowd. Others felt there was no other fight available for Canelo other than the man known as the 'Mexican Monster'.

Canelo landed 234 punches throughout the 12 rounds, while Munguia landed 170 in the contest. Canelo has now won three straight fights since his unanimous decision loss to Dimitry Bivol in 2022.

Fans will be eagerly awaiting to see who Canelo's next opponent is with a potential super-fight waiting with Benavidez. While the 33-year-old Mexican is the biggest name in boxing today, a win over Benavidez would just about secure Canelo's legacy as one of the greatest boxers to ever step into the ring.