Sergey Lipinets And Jaron Ennis Set For May Showdown
By: Hans Themistode
Jaron Ennis has been screaming for one of the bigger names in the welterweight division to step up and face him in the ring. Now, the rising contender will get exactly what he was looking for.
According to multiple reports, former 140-pound titleholder and current 147-pound contender Sergey Lipinets, has agreed to terms on a bout agreement with Ennis for a Showtime headlining event set to take place sometime in May.
For Lipinets, a win over Ennis (26-0, 24 KOs) would do wonders to raise his stock and remove much of the sting associated with his most recent contest. In late October just last year, the Kazakhstan native took on fringe contender Custio Clayton. While many believed Lipinets would walk right through his man, Clayton proved to be better than advertised as he pushed Lipinets to the limit and forced the former belt holder to settle for a majority decision draw.
Since then, Lipinets (16-1-1, 12 KOs) has remained idle on the sidelines. His aforementioned draw with Clayton set the long time contender back as their bout was for the interim IBF welterweight title. Winning their showdown would have placed Lipinets in the driver’s seat as the clear next opponent for unified champion Errol Spence Jr.
Since moving up in weight in late 2018, Lipinets has won every single one of his contests, with the exception of Clayton, with relative ease. The lone blemish on the 31-year-olds record came at the hands of former multiple division champion Mikey Garcia in March of 2018.
In the case of Ennis, his scheduled contest with Lipinets will be considered a major step up in competition for the Philadelphia product.
After picking up quick knockout victories in 16 straight contests, Ennis saw his streak come to an abrupt end in an unlikely way. With the start of the new year rapidly approaching, Ennis attempted to score one more highlight-reel worthy win. On December 19th, fringe contender Chris Van Heerden found himself on the wrong end of a beating as Ennis pounded away at him in the first round of their 2020 contest.
With the win seemingly just a few seconds away, Ennis and Heerden accidentally clashed heads. While Ennis was just fine, Heerden on the other hand, was not as blood gushed from the massive cut. His cornermen worked tirelessly to contain the bleeding but simply could not. Due to the enormous gash, doctors sitting ringside deemed Heerden unable to continue, ruling their matchup a no contest.
Ennis, of course, was apoplectic with the results. However, with the opportunity to face his first real contender, the 23-year-old is currently back in the gym preparing for the biggest test of his young career.
Terence Crawford Doesn’t Compare to Jaron Ennis Says Manager Cameron Dunkin
By: Hans Themistode
On most lists, Terence Crawford is viewed as one of, if not the very best fighter in the world.
At 33 years of age and riding a seven fight knockout streak, the Omaha native is in the prime of his life. But currently, there’s a fighter ten years younger than he is that might be only scratching the surface of his potential, but is already considered a better fighter then he is.
“I had Crawford for 20 something fights, so I know him very well,” said manager of welterweight Star Jaron Ennis to Sky Sports. “I know all these guys. I think Jaron, who is barely 23-years-old, is going to be tremendous, a great fighter. Pound-for-pound the best in the world, I really believe it. Terence, when I signed him, he was a tremendous 135-pounder. He was little and we grew him into a welterweight. Boots is a fully-fledged welterweight, who is much bigger, stronger, faster and hits harder.”
Ennis (26-0, 24 KOs) has become both a terror to the welterweight division and a headache to his handlers. The last time the Philadelphia native was seen inside of the ring, he was dishing out a beating of a lifetime to Juan Abreu. The manner in which Ennis defeated his opponent wasn’t surprising, but a step up in competition is clearly needed at this point.
Dunkin, to his credit, agrees with those who want to see his man against a live body. But getting the upper echelon of the division in the ring with him is easier said than done.
“They’re not going to welcome him. I’ve talked with everybody and they all pretty much say the same thing. Jaron is new, nobody knows who he is. If I’m going to put my guy in with somebody, I want to put him in with a name, if I’m going to take a chance on losing.’ These people aren’t stupid. They know a pound-for-pound guy. They know that he may be the best welterweight in the world, which I think he is.”
Over the years, Dunkin has had his fair share of big name fighters. From world champions such as Timothy Bradley and Kelly Pavlik to hall of famer Mark “Too Sharp” Johnson, Dunkin has guided the careers of many notable names. And although he’s proud to have worked with every single last one of them, he’s always believed that he never attracted some of the biggest names in the sport.
In the case of Ennis however, he believes he finally has his guy.
“I always said, I’d never signed a Mayweather, a De La Hoya. That kind of a guy. And now I have that kind of a guy.”
Jaron Ennis on Terence Crawford: “Whatever He Can do, I Can do Better”
By: Hans Themistode
When you think of the Welterweight division, you think of unified champion Errol Spence Jr, WBO belt holder Terence Crawford and WBA titlist Manny Pacquiao. Names such as Danny Garcia, Yordenis Ugas and Shawn Porter are also mentioned near the top of the division as well.
Yet, in the case of 22 year old Jaron Ennis, he believes that he is better than them all. With 23 knockouts from his 25 career wins, Ennis has scored a permanent spot on sports shows with eye-catching knockouts.
Of all the current champions and contenders, if the fighter nicknamed “Boots” had his pick of the litter, he’d be facing off against Crawford. Not many are clamoring at a shot against who many believe is the best fighter in the world, but Ennis on the other hand, is dying to get his hands on him.
“It’s gonna be me in there just doing my thing, because I’m fighting somebody that is sharp like me,” Ennis said. “So, it’s gonna be me out-thinking him and me putting my combinations together, doing my thing and coming out with that win. Don’t get me wrong, he’s definitely a great fighter but whatever he can do, I can do better.”
Ennis may have his eyes set on the top of the division, but he still has plenty of work to do near the bottom of it. Currently, he ranks number 12 in the WBO and number 14 in the IBF. If he continues to deliver wins at his current pace though, he could find himself standing across one of those very champions he has mentioned.
He isn’t going to be picky, but whomever he faces, he would rather it isn’t Spence.
“I don’t feel like nobody would get the credit they deserve if they beat Errol Spence,” Ennis said. “They’ll be like, ‘You was supposed to do that because he was in that car accident.’ But I feel it would go the same way with Spence as with Crawford. I would out-think him. I’m smart, being this young. I can out-think anybody. I can out-think ‘em, out-smart ‘em, and I have tricks. I’ve got something they don’t have. When you have tricks, you can beat anybody. With Crawford and Errol Spence, I feel like I have more tricks than them, and I can out-think ‘em.”