And the bantamweight bout delivered. Munhoz dominated much of the fight, particularly an absolutely wild second round, but a game Johns showed heart and landed enough offense to keep the bout competitive.
Munhoz won a unanimous decision at Staples Center Saturday night on scores of 30-26, 29-28, and 29-27.
The opening round saw Munhoz push the pace, as he moved forward and landed combos. He also didn’t display much defense in doing so and found himself on the receiving end of occasional counters.
Then business picked up the second. Munhoz dropped Johns with a punishing body kick, then did all but put Johns away. The Welshman recovered and got back to his feet, though, drawing a roar from the crowd.
Munhoz dropped Johns a second time, this time with a calf kick. Johns again escaped, and while he looked near finished, he started unleashing big punches, which initiated a wild firefight in close. Munhoz dropped Johns again in the closing seconds, this time with a grazing head kick.
The pace slowed a bit in the third. Munhoz jumped into a guillotine and took it to the mat, where the bulk of the round was spent.
“Oh man, he was probably the toughest guy I’ve been in with,” Munhoz said.
With the victory, Munoz improved to 16-3 (1 NC) and has won five of his past six.