Jaime Munguía had not fought in his native Tijuana for four and a half yearsbut the Mexican boxer with an impressive track record made sure that his return home was triumphant by finishing his opponent D’Mitrius Ballard in the third round on Saturday night.
One day after he apparently fainted while trying to make the regulation weight, Jaime Munguía had a quiet enough night to remain undefeated as a professional. A hooking left punch hurt American Ballard, who scrambled to his feet, but only seconds later the referee called it off. The result was a technical knockout at 1:47 of round 3.
with victory Before more than 10,000 fans at Tijuana’s Plaza de Toros Monumental, the 25-year-old fighter improves to a record of 39-0 (31 KOs). Ballard is left with 21-1-1.
Interviewed after his victory by the DAZN reporter, Munguía said that it was “a dream come true” when he recalled the time that as a child he was on the same stage watching a Julio César Chávez Jr. fight from above.
“I said I was going to achieve something like that sometime,” confessed Munguía, who with the easy win retained his World Boxing Organization intercontinental middleweight title, moving closer to a shot at the 160-pound world championship.