Unbeaten middleweight contender Jaime Munguia and D’Mitrius Ballard have agreed to a deal to headline on DAZN on February 19th, this is another stay busy fight for the Golden Boy promoted Munguia to keep him active until he gets his big payday, possibly this year against IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin.
Until Munguia gets that fight with Golovkin, he’ll likely continue to play it safe against fringe-level opposition. Ballard isn’t ranked in the top 15, so this is worse than fringe level.
The former WBO 154-lb champion Munguia (38-0, 30 KOs) and Ballard (21-0-1, 13 KOs) was supposed to battle in 2021, but the Maryland native was injured and unable to take the fight.
This is a strange fight for #1 WBC, #1 WBO, #2 WBA, #12 IBF Munguia to be taking because he’s ranked high enough to challenge middleweight champions Jermall Charlo and Demetrius Andrade.
Both of those title fights are there for the 25-year-old Munguia if he wanted them, but he isn’t interested. It’s obvious why Munguia doesn’t want to face Charlo or Andrade.
The fight that Munguia wants is against IBF 160-lb champion Golovkin, and it can happen for him in 2022. Munguia has been calling out Golovkin, but the fight isn’t ready.
Golovkin (41-1-1, 36 KOs) needs to get his unification fight out of the way first against WBA champion Ryota Murata in March or April before taking on Munguia. The popular GGG is another fighter that could face Charlo or Andrade without any problems, but he’s not interested.
Those two would jump at the chance to fight Golovkin and make a ton of money, but he doesn’t want it. He’d rather fight easy options like Murata (16-2, 13 KOs), who has losses to Hassan N’dam and Rob Brant. In Golovkin’s last fight, he fought Kamil Szeremeta.
GGG is a match that will make Munguia a lot of money, and potential is more winnable for him than taking on Charlo or Andrade.
For years there’s been talk about Munguia eventually facing Canelo Alvarez to get a big payday. Still, that fight will never happen now that the red-headed Mexican star has left Golden Boy.
Munguia would give Charlo and Andrade problems with his power, high work, rate, youth, and significantly improved boxing skills.