Jaime Munguia Returns to Action Against D’Mitrius Ballard
Middleweight fighter Jaime Munguia (38-0, 30 KO’s) is set to stage his latest dust-up on February 19. On that date, Munguia will face the challenge of stablemate D’Mitrius “Big Meech” Ballard (21-0-1, 13 KO’s). The two were slated to go head-to-head back on April 23, 2021. However, that was before Ballard suffered an injury in camp and was forced to withdraw from the match. Munguia would go on to face and beat both Kamil Szeremeta and Gabe Rosado later in 2021.
Munguia, who is the WBO intercontinental middleweight champion, has been staring a fight with WBO middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade in the mouth for years. Being that he is ranked #1 (WBO), he could press for that fight at any time. Unfortunately, for whatever his reasons are, Munguia and his team have avoided this fight with a gusto.
Being that he is ranked #1 (WBC), #2 (WBA) and#11 (IBF) as well, the Andrade bout is not the only food that he is leaving on the table. With Munguia’s #1 WBC standing, he is in prime position to take on WBC 160-pound champion Jermall Charlo. In fact, in 2021 the WBC somewhat bizarrely ordered Munguia to face Sergiy Derevyanchenko rather than Charlo the champion. The match against Derevyanchenko did not take place. Munguia opted to stick with the Rosado fight as they had already begun negotiations.
Provided that the prizefight with Ballard actually takes place, and Munguia is victorious, it will be interesting to see what direction his Golden Boy promoters push him in. As previously stated, the Mexican pugilist is staring a few great dust-ups in the face but, will he secure those fights? Only time will tell. No matter what the outcome is, 3kingsboxing will be there to report the news!
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By: Bakari Simpson