Jaime Munguia vs. D’Mitrius Ballard Preview – Alternative or Mismatch?
By Robert Brizel, Head Actual Fight Media Boxing Correspondent
In a last-minute alternative determination that may both show to be the chance of a lifetime or a whole mismatch, D’Mitrius Ballard will substitute the injured Maciej Suleiki in opposition to Jaime Munguia in the primary occasion at Don Haskins Heart in El Paso, Texas, on Friday, April 23, 2021. The battle and DAZN battle card is just not but posted on BoxRec.
Munguia, 36-0, 29 knockouts, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, the previous World Boxing Group Tremendous Welterweight champion at 154 kilos, presently holds the World Boxing Group Inter-Continental Middleweight title, and is coming off stoppage wins in 2020 over Tureano Johnson and Gary (Spike) O’Sullivan. Ballard, 20-0-1, 13 knockouts, Temple Hills, Maryland, has a No Contest with Elias Espadas, and a ten spherical majority draw with Yamagucho Falcao which was a NABF vacant title bout and has not gained a bout in almost two years. Based mostly on final two performances, and inactivity, Ballard taking over Munguia would appear to be a mismatch-but is it?
The Coronavirus pandemic has made skilled boxing a humorous place within the weirdest sense. The interpretation of the chance rests within the weight class historical past of the fighters.
Ballard is definitely a shrunken mild heavyweight, whereas Munguia is a blown up junior welterweight. With all true respect to the Sugar Ray Leonards and Sugar Ray Robinsons of the world who transfer up in weight class of their prime efficiently, Middleweight champion Carlos Monzon versus World Welterweight champion Jose (La Mantequilla) Napoles was certainly a mismatch, and Munguia won’t be the subsequent Danny Jacobs, GGG or Saul (Canelo) Alvarez. So much will depend on the place Ballard has been within the gymnasium. Andy Ruiz Jr. was within the gymnasium when he changed Jarrell (Massive Child) Miller in opposition to Anthony Joshua. If Ballard is prepared, it might be a big technical factors battle, or a harmful and lethal slugfest.
Munguia has atom bomb energy, however energy of this nature tends to diffuse as fighters go up in weight class. Munguia wanted 11 rounds to dispatch Gary O’ Sullivan, a fighter David Lemiux dispatched in 164 seconds. As my colleague in arms ex-commissioner Bob Duffy as soon as famous, final minute matches is usually a mistake, as a few of these opponents can actually be harmful. Some are innocent. Ballard is just not. A hungry and wounded lion, Ballard has demonstrated first spherical knockout means, and 10 spherical determination technical means.
Munguia has gone 10 to 12 rounds 5 occasions, Ballard 3 times. Nonetheless, the load class distinction have to be acknowledged. Munguia has a powerful overhand energy proper which has power, however usually goes extensive, making himself prone to counters. Towards middleweight Spike O’Sullivan, Munguia was backed up regularly by an opponent who stood in entrance of him the entire battle.
Ballard had every kind of bother early with Elias Espadas regardless of Espads bleeding from the nook of the left eye from a reduce from an unintended headbutt. Espada had every kind of success trapping Ballard alongside the ropes, throwing and touchdown a number of left proper mixtures at machine gun pace. Ballard survived the storm and got here again, preventing for his household and youngsters with motivational ardour. Nonetheless, Falcao went the gap toe to toe with Ballard for all ten rounds, and was not phased by something Ballard threw.
The underside line of this battle is Munguia by stoppage inside eleven rounds, or Ballard by determination. Whichever fighter needs it extra will win it. Ballard has the motivation and self-discipline to push himself. The winner of this bout will in all probability get 29-0 Demitrius (Boo-Boo) Andrade, the WBO World Middleweight champion, later in 2021, if Andrade can get by WBO title challenger 23-2-1 British Middleweight champion Liam Williams in the primary occasion on April 17, 2021, at Seminole Laborious Rock Resort and On line casino in Hollywood, Florida.