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Julius Ballo

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Julius "JuJu" Ballo
  • JuJu
  • The Shark
  • featherweight
Height5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Reach66 in (168 cm)
Born (2003-04-20) April 20, 2003 (age 18)
San Diego, California, U.S.

Julius "JuJu" Ballo (born April 20, 2003) is an American amateur boxer born and raised in San Diego, California.[1]

Amateur career[edit]

Julius Ballo is currently the number one ranked boxer in the nation based off of his most recent success at the USA Boxing National Championships. He took first place in the 123lb Youth Male division.[2] In 2016, at the age of thirteen [3] , Julius represented his local LBC 44 District[4] of US Amateur Boxing in the 12/13-year-old, 90-pound weight bracket. Ballo won the tournament being named champion of the 2016 California Silver Gloves Silver Gloves National Champion.[5]. He was named him the outstanding boxer of the tournament. In 2017, he defended his Silver Gloves title. At the age of fifteen, Team USA Boxing select[6] placed him on their roster, and he was sent to Ireland to defend his title in the Monkstown International Boxing tournament[7] sanctioned by AIBA. He was also sent to England under USA Boxing for another amateur tournament. Ballo trains under head coach Berlin Kerney IV and conditioning trainer Tez Avant. Ballo has been training under Berlin Kerney IV since the age of 7 years old. Ballo trains out of Bomber Squad Academy[8]

Personal life[edit]

Julius is Chaldean ethnicity. His father, Yasir Ballo immigrated from Baghdad at the age of 10. Julius has two siblings, Marciano and Zoe. His parents are Jack and May Ballo. His parents are actively involved in his amateur career as his father remains one of his trainers and coaches. Ballo is currently training for the Olympic roster for the 2024 Summer Olympics[9] Ballo was recently featured on Yahoo Finance[10] talking about the Olympics. Julius has amassed more than 65,000[11] Instagram followers and over 2.3 million likes[12] on TikTok.


  1. "Julius ballo (@juliusballo)". theupcoming.
  2. USA, BOXING. "2020 USA Boxing National Championships". USA Boxing.
  3. "USA Amateur Boxing: it's about doing things the right way, not the easy way". Sport of Boxing.
  4. "Boxing Show at The Arena features an abundance of memorable fights". sportofboxing.com.
  5. "USA Amateur sensations Julius Ballo, Eric Puente, Citlalli Ortiz continue their winning ways". sportofboxing.
  6. Sports, KUSI. "Fast footwork, hand speed and a snappy left hook landed a spot Julius Ballo to the USA Team Boxing Select". kusi.
  7. "Monkstown Box Cup 2018 Final Entry list" (PDF). monkstowndublinboxingclub.
  8. "Bomber Squad Academy". bombersquadacademy.
  9. Harrison, Ken. "Remember the name of Santee teen Julius Ballo". sandiegoreader.
  10. "Rising Star Julius Ballo Has Sights Set on Olympic Gold". yahoo finance.
  11. "Instagram Followers". Instagram.
  12. "Julius Ballo". TikTok.

External links[edit]

Category:Boxers from California Category:2003 births Category:Living people Category:People from San Diego, California

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