Middleweight boxer Jaime Munguia was a massive favorite over D’Mitirius Ballard and proved the odds correct with a round 3 TKO.
Jaime Munguia stayed undefeated with a quick finish of challenger D’Mitirius Ballard. It wasn’t a surprising end, but that didn’t make Munguia’s performance any less entertaining.
Munguia (39-0, 31 KOs) pleased fans at Plaza Monumental de Tijuana in his hometown of Tijuana, Mexico. The former WBO super welterweight champion continued his winning ways as a middleweight. He was as high as a 15-1 favorite over Ballard for a reason.
Ballard (21-0-1, 13 KOs) traveled to Munguia’s backyard from Maryland with hopes of pulling the upset. Ballard was thought to have a size advantage, having competed as a light heavyweight, but he and Munguia are 6-feet tall.
Ballard was a 2012 Golden Gloves Champion and undefeated, but he lacked a substantial résumé. He wasn’t on Munguia’s level, but some thought Munguia wasn’t 100 percent.
The day before the fight at the weigh-in, Mungia looked unwell. He appeared balmy and fatigued, but that wasn’t the case on fight night.
Jaime Munguia remained undefeated after he stopped a severely overmatched D’Mitrius Ballard via TKO in round 3
Ballard had a good first round. He used his jab and went to the body while standing toe-to-toe with Munguia. Munguia didn’t throw much in round 1 but accelerated a bit in round 2.
Ballard was still competing well in the second round but got caught by a Munguia left hook that looked to shake him up a bit. He recovered and put in some decent work, but the bout changed quickly in round 3.
Munguia turned on the jets and started to swing for the fences. He smashed Ballard with a left hook to the chin that instantly sent shockwaves down Ballard’s legs. Ballard managed to stay on his feet, but his legs were shot. Munguia moved in with a volley of punches that sent Ballard to the canvas.
Ballard got up at the count of nine, but he was done. Mungia moved in and punished a defenseless Ballard with a ferocious combination that prompted the referee to stop the fight, giving Munguia the round 3 TKO victory.
Munguia moves to 39-0. He hasn’t earned a world title as a middleweight, but there are four belts held by different boxers. Hopefully, Munguia will get his shot sometime soon.