BATB has learned that Temple Hills, MD light heavyweight D'Mitrius Ballard has signed a professional contract with Golden Boy Promotions and is slated to make his professional debut on Saturday, February 9 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.
Ballard enters the pro ranks after an exceptional amateur career that ended with him winning a championship at the National Golden Gloves, his fifth Ringside World Championships crown and capturing his fourth straight National PAL title in 2012. Ballard also was a participant in the 2012 Olympic Trials, just one of a number of events Ballard has competed in representing USA Boxing. Ballard was also a silver medalist at the Junior Olympics, a national Silver Gloves champion and was voted the outstanding boxer at the 2010 National Under-19 championships.
Ballard is scheduled to participate on the undercard of Danny Garcia defending his WBA Super World and WBC Light Welterweight titles against former world champion Zab Judah. There is another Beltway Boxer on that card as Fernando Guerrero of Salisbury, MD will challenge Peter Quillin for Quillin's WBO Middleweight crown. Ballard will be managed by Shelly Finkel and his trainer, Lamont Roach, Sr.