EL PASO, TEXAS (April 8, 2021) – Middleweight contender D’Mitrius “Huge Meech” Ballard (20-0-1, 13 KOs) will step in to face Jaime Munguia (36-0, 29 KOs) for the WBO Intercontinental Middleweight Championship after Maciej Sulecki was pressured to tug out of the combat attributable to an damage.

The occasion will now happen on Friday, April 23 at The College of Texas at El Paso’s Don Haskins Heart and can be streamed dwell completely on DAZN worldwide, excluding Mexico, starting at 6:00 p.m. PT/7:00 p.m. MDT/9:00 p.m. ET. 

The occasion can be held below strict COVID-19 fan security protocols and with a lowered occasion capability beneath 40%. For detailed COVID-19 occasion security fan protocols, click on right here or go to https://www.utepspecialevents.com.  

Up to date ticket data is offered on the backside of this launch. “D’Mitrius Ballard has been deserving of a chance like this for some time now,” mentioned Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy.

“That is the possibility to lastly show to the world that he’s prepared for the highest guys within the division. We want Maciej Sulecki a fast restoration, however we additionally we wish to emphasize that Ballard is not any mere substitute. He’s an actual risk.” 

Ballard is a 28-year-old contender who boasts a adorned newbie profession during which he received a number of nationwide championships. In 2013, the native of Temple Hills, Maryland started his skilled profession with a knockout victory towards Kelly Henderson.

Since then, Ballard has steadily moved up the rankings, taking over powerful rivals corresponding to Victor “Sina” Fonseca and Alan “Amenaza” Campa. Ballard, who’s anxious to make his mark on the division on April 23, is coming off a majority draw towards Olympic bronze medalist Yamaguchi Falcao. “I really feel very lucky and blessed to have the chance to combat towards Jaime Munguia,” mentioned D’Mitrius Ballard.

“I really feel extraordinarily blessed particularly due to the situation the world is now in with COVID-19 and all the problems we face. That is the proper alternative to essentially showcase who D’Mitirus Ballard is and show my boxing skills. I’m going to make use of this combat to re-introduce myself to the world.”

“These items occur in boxing, and I’ve all the time had the mentality that I’ve to be ready for any opponent,” mentioned Jaime Munguia. “I do know that D’Mitrius Ballard is a good fighter with plenty of expertise as an newbie and knowledgeable, so I anticipate to ship an incredible combat to get even nearer to the world title alternative.”

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