For the second time in as many weeks, Jaime Munguia has lost an opponent due to injury.
This time, it has left him without an April fight date.
An elbow injury suffered by D’Mitrius Ballard has forced Golden Boy Promotions to postpone plans for Munguia’s next fight. The two were due to collide April 23 at Don Haskins Center in El Paso, but with the latest setback coming too late in the promotion to secure a sufficient replacement.
Representatives from Golden Boy have declined comment, though BoxingScene.com has been able to confirm through sources that efforts are being made to revamp the show later this spring.
The Athletic's Mike Coppinger first reported through social media Ballard's injury and subsequent withdrawal.
Ballard (20-0-1, 13KOs) was secured as a replacement opponent for Poland’s Maciej Sulecki (29-2, 11KOs), who withdrew from the matchup–due to an alleged injury—shortly after the matchup was announced.
The fight with Sulecki was due to take place April 24 in an afternoon televised slot on DAZN to appeal to overseas fans. With the opponent switch also came a new date, with the show moved up one night to April 23.
Golden Boy is now on the hunt for a new day, hoping for one in May as the company currently doesn’t have any shows scheduled for the month.
BoxingScene.com has learned that most if not all of the undercard will move with the rescheduled date.
Montreal’s Arslanbek ‘The Lion’ Makhmudov (11-0, 11KOs) was due to fight for the first time in the United States versus Dominican Republic’s Nagy Aguilera (21-10, 14KOs) in the evening’s chief support.
Also due to have appeared on the show was 2012 Olympic Bronze medalist Marlen Esparza (9-1, 1KO) in her first title fight, as she was scheduled to face WBC flyweight titlist Ibeth Zamora.
Tijuana’s Munguia (36-0, 29KOs) is coming off of back-to-back stoppage wins at middleweight in 2020, both after abandoning his WBO junior middleweight title defense following five successful title defenses. Munguia stopped Ireland’s Gary ‘Spike’ O’Sullivan last January in San Antonio, followed by a 7th round stoppage of 2008 Bahamian Olympian and veteran contender Tureano Johnson in his most recent ring appearance last October in Indio, California.
Hopes of entering a high-profile fight with two-time and reigning middleweight titlist Gennadiy ‘GGG’ Golovkin ultimately hit a wall earlier this year, leaving Munguia’s team to settle on Sulecki, and Ballard thereafter.
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox