Undefeated Super Middleweight D’Mitrius Ballard (9-0, 7 KOs) recently returned from training in Big Bear, California, where he was called out to help George Groves prepare for his bout against WBC Super Middleweight champion, Badou Jack.
Ballard spent three weeks in Big Bear and took away a great deal from his time training with some of the best fighters in and around his division.
“I was in Big Bear for three weeks. I learned a lot being out there around George Groves and GGG [Gennady Golovkin] on what it takes to stay and champion and become a champion,” said Ballard.
“The focus and intensity that they train with, it’s all business when they come in the gym. Whether it’s hitting the bag, jumping rope, shadow boxing or stretching I could see the focus in their eyes. They’re champions and in that position for a reason.”
On October 3, Ballard will be making his return to the ring on the Lucas Matthysse vs. Viktor Postol undercard at the StubHub Center in Carson, CA.
Ballard is taking on 28-year-old Eddie Hunter (10-13-2, 3 KOs) in an eight-round super middleweight bout.
Despite his uneven record, Hunter is a game opponent who has scored recent upsets over previously undefeated fighters, Lanell Bellows and contender Ronald Hearns.
Ballard’s brand of boxing–which is punctuated by his forceful power–is sure to be a hit for an audience who might not be familiar with the Maryland native.
“I want to bring my talent and skills to the west coast. I just want to win over some fans, do good and show improvement from my last fight,” said Ballard.
Ballard will be making his west coast debut along with his stablemate and fellow Golden Boy Promotions fighter, Kevin Rivers Jr. Both prospects are unbeaten and are sure to add an exciting dimension to the talent-rich undercard.
“October 3, I’m coming out to the west coast for the first time. I’m ready to put on a good show and do my thing.”
Header photo by Daryl Bughman