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GGG v Canelo 2

Undercard recap

By Andy Shore Fight Fans Worldwide   - @intuboxing

UNDERCARD FIGHTS (GGG vs Canelo II card)

Munguia vs Cook

I don't think anyone gave Cook a realistic chance of beating Munguia, so the third round stoppage won't have surprised many. Cook was due to face Kell Brook in July - as he was considered to be a good step-up opponent for Kell's 'return to the top' - but that fight fell through. So, instead, he found himself in with the young and super-aggressive Munguia. At only 21, I don't wish to judge Munguia as the finished article, but I struggle to see him reaching the very top as he's shown no fundamental defence thus far. However, you have to enjoy watching this kid fight! He's a spiteful puncher and he again showed strong variation in his punches. Cook was brave in the face of adversity, and a little unlucky as the knockdown that preceded the stoppage included a punch towards the back of the head, then another when he was down, but you have to credit Munguia for his finishing instincts! Hopefully he'll step up a little - of course there's no major rush, considering his age - but he's the WBO champ and the size of this stage should put his on course for a big fight very soon.

Lemieux vs Spike O'Sullivan

Spike's people have done a great job to get him to the position where many thought he'd beat Lemieux. Considering he lost easily to Billy-Joe Saunders and was beaten up by Chris Eubank jr, he's been smartly matched of late and given good exposure. Lemieux has already shown that if you don't have the skills to make him miss, you're in a world of trouble! Spike showed, in under three minutes, that he has no such skills and he was brutally dispatched by a peach of a left hook as he tried to throw a one-two. This win should set Lemieux up for another exciting match-up before long. 

Chocolatito vs Fuentes

In his first fight back after being stopped by Sor Rungvisai a year ago, Roman 'Chocolatito' Gonzalez toyed with Fuentes, en route to a fifth round stoppage victory. It was a match-up designed for him to win in style and to restore some confidence. While Chocolatito no longer looks like the same man who was once 46-0, he was leagues above Fuentes, and the right hook knock-out punch was beautiful. As was the class he showed to his badly hurt opponent.

In late 2016, Chocolatito was an unbeaten, multi-division world champion, and recognised as a contender to the P4P crown. However, his world was rocked when his trainer/mentor, Arnulfo Obando, died shortly after a stroke. He didn't quite seem himself in the first fight with Sor, getting dropped and losing a close decision - albeit, most experts felt he deserved to win the first fight. However, he was destroyed in the rematch! Can he fight his way back to the top? Sadly, I'd suggest not. Chocolatito's story is a reminder of the human side of boxing; these guys aren't machines. The trainer/fighter relationship is vital and he no longer appears the same boxer that he once was. Still very watchable, mind you, so hopefully we'll see him mix it with the best guys in his next few fights!