The WBO Intercontinental middleweight championship heads to Tijuana, as local favorite Jaime Munguia (38-0, 30 KOs) makes his grand homecoming and defends his belt against D’Mitrius Ballard (21-0-1, 13 KOs) on Saturday, February 19 live stream on DAZN. Plaza Monumental de Tijuana aka “Plaza Monumental de Playas de Tijuana”, that is also known in English as Bullring by the Sea, is the location accommodating the event.
The fighters were originally slated to face each other in 2021, but the fight was postponed due to an injury Ballard sustained during training camp. Now the rescheduled fight will be a winner-takes-all showdown.
Jaime Munguia vs D’Mitrius Ballard tickets
Jaime Munguia vs D’Mitrius Ballard tickets to witness all the action at Plaza Monumental de Playas de Tijuana on Saturday, February 19 go on sale Friday, January 14 at 9 am PT. Tickets can be purchased via arema.mx and at their participating retailers. Tickets are priced at $250MX, $700MX, $2,000MX, $3,500MX, $5,000MX not including applicable service charges (as per announcement sent out by Golden Boy Boxing).
“Ballard is a good, hungry fighter who will try to keep his undefeated status,” said Jaime Munguia. “He is going to be a dangerous rival, but I won’t let him come take what’s mine. I respect him, just like all my rivals, but I will be prepared to protect my belt and my reputation.”
“I am blessed to have this opportunity to prove I have what it takes to be among the elite in the middleweight division,” said D’Mitrus Ballard. “I believe our styles will make for a great and entertaining night of boxing. Scared money, don’t make no money!”
“This is a winner-takes-all, high-stakes fight for both Munguia and Ballard,” said Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman, and CEO of Golden Boy. “Ballard has been waiting for an opportunity like this to prove he has what it takes to become a serious contender in the middleweight division. He will come with everything he’s got to ensure a victory on February 19. Munguia will need to step up to ensure his title and undefeated record are not taken away from him. He will have to come in full defense mode to protect what is his. Both fighters have a lot to lose here, and this fight will prove to be an exciting, winner-takes-all event for fight fans.”
“We are very excited about the return of Jaime Munguia to the city where he was born,” said Fernando Beltran, CEO, Zanfer Boxing. “We believe that Ballard will not be easy at all, he is a complicated rival, but we are sure that Munguia will come out with his hand up in victory and give a great night of boxing to all his fans in Tijuana”
Jaime Munguia defends WBO Intercontinental middleweight title against D’Mitrius Ballard
Having been away for more than four years, former world champion and undefeated fighter Jaime Munguia is eager to return to Tijuana and show off all he has accomplished in a grand homecoming event at the Plaza Monumental de Playas de Tijuana. One of the most exciting fighters to come out of Tijuana, Mexico, and currently ranked fifth worldwide in the middleweight division, Munguia is a skilled fighter who most recently proved to be among the elites in the middleweight division in a fantastic outing against ‘King’ Gabriel Rosado in Nov. 2021.
Already having claimed a world title at 154lbs., Munguia is ready to take on another challenge by facing D’Mitrius Ballard at 160lbs. to kick-off 2022.
After a minor setback in early 2021 due to an injury, D’Mitrus Ballard is ready to start 2022 in a major battle to prove he deserves a spot among the elite of the middleweight division. A native of Temple Hills, Maryland, the undefeated 28-year-old boasts a decorated amateur career and has faced tough competition like Victor “Sina” Fonseca, Alan “Amenaza” Campa, and Olympic bronze medalist Yamaguchi Falcao.
Ballard was last seen in the ring fighting against Paul Valenzuela Jr. in November 2021, winning the fight unanimously.
The list of bouts featured on the Munguia vs Ballard undercard is expected to be announced shortly.