Jaron Ennis: “Spence Looked Good, Ugas Ain’t Have No Killer Instinct”
By: Hans Themistode
Much like the nearly 40,000 fans that rose to their feet and applauded in approval at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, this past weekend, Jaron Ennis admits that he was thoroughly entertained.
On April 16th, Errol Spence Jr. and Yordenis Ugas waged a back and forth war with the winner claiming three of the four major world titles at 147 pounds. Although the first half of their showdown was closely contested, Spence Jr. pulled away in the second half. The beginning of the end for the Cuban star began in the seventh as Spence Jr. landed a well-timed uppercut on the inside.
From there, the right eye of Ugas began swelling profusely. While the former Olympic bronze medalist gave it everything he had, he ultimately succumbed to the power of his man, losing in the ninth round via doctor’s stoppage.
Ennis, of course, watched closely. And while Spence Jr. vs. Ugas had plenty of high drama moments, in the end, Ennis wasn’t surprised with the outcome.
“It was a good fight,” said Ennis during an interview with YSM Sports Media. “Spence did what he was supposed to do, he looked good.”
Although Ennis was always of the belief that Spence Jr. would pick up the victory, in the fourth, Ugas almost defeated the odds. In an awkward sequence, Ugas landed a short right hook on the inside, sending the mouthpiece of Spence Jr. halfway across the ring. The Dallas product seemed to forget that he was in a back and forth battle as he stopped engaging with Ugas in favor of searching for his mouthpiece.
With Spence Jr. defenseless, Ugas landed a three-punch combination which sent his man into the ropes. At that point, it appeared as though Ugas could have gone on the attack, but instead, he stood motionless in the middle of the ring, confused as to what was taking place. A few seconds later, referee Laurence Cole paused the action to allow Spence Jr. to retrieve his mouthpiece.
In that instance, it appeared as though Ugas was attempting to show sportsmanship toward his opponent. While Ennis respects the decision of Ugas, he believes the Cuban star missed a gigantic opening.
“Ugas ain’t have no killer instinct. It’s cool to be nice an all but at the end of the day, it’s boxing. You have to protect yourself at all times.”
Presently, following the win, Spence Jr. is now in possession of the IBF, WBA, and WBC welterweight titles. The unified star has made his intentions clear that his next and final match at 147 pounds will be against WBO titlist, Terence Crawford.
To fans of the pugilistic sport, an undisputed showdown against two of the best fighters in the world is music to their ears. However, in the case of Ennis, hearing such news has made him acrimonious.
On May 14th, Ennis will attempt to move one step closer to his own world title shot as he takes on Custio Clayton at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California. Should Ennis go on to do what many are expecting, he’ll become Spence Jr.’s IBF mandatory challenger.
Having watched Ugas vs. Spence Jr. this past weekend, the highly touted contender isn’t unnerved about his chances against either of them or even Crawford.
“I already know I can do. I know I’ll be able to break anybody down and outsmart anybody.”
Jaron Ennis: “Once I Get My Opportunity, It’s Over With”
By: Hans Themistode
The welterweight division currently houses some of the top fighters in the world. However, when discussing the best of the very best, two names in particular often protrude at the absolute top. Those would be unified champion Errol Spence Jr. and WBO titlist, Terence Crawford.
With both stars doing their best to wipe out the competition while aggregating world titles along the way, a mega showdown between them has been fantasized about for the better part of the best five years.
Ultimately, if the pair were to finally tango, the winner of their contest would be considered by many as the welterweight division’s best fighter. That said, whether fans believe Spence Jr. is the best 147 pounder in the world or Crawford, Jaron Ennis believes both answers would be erroneous.
“I feel like I’m the best welterweight in the world,” said Ennis during an interview with FightHype.com. “I just have to prove it to these guys and prove it to the world, I will and I’m going to continue to make these statements. We’re going to start on May 14th with a big statement.”
As Ennis alludes to, the 24-year-old welterweight star is set to return to the ring on May 14th, when he takes on fellow undefeated contender, Custio Clayton. Should the heavily favored Ennis pull off the win, the Philadelphian will be in prime position to challenge for his first world title, something he’s been craving for quite some time.
Following previous ring appearances, Ennis has routinely called for the biggest and best fighters that the division has to offer. But while he continues to set his sights on those who are perceived higher in the welterweight food chain, both Crawford and Spence Jr. are currently wrapped up in other matters.
In Spence Jr.’s case, he’s currently placing the finishing touches on an arduous training camp as he prepares to take on WBA belt holder, Yordenis Ugas. Crawford, in the meanwhile, will monitor their showdown closely with the hopes of landing an undisputed bout against the winner.
Regardless of the logjam near the top of the division, Ennis will remain patiently in the shadows. In terms of who he could ultimately face for his first crack at a world title, that question remains an irrelevant one. No matter who is placed in front of him, Ennis believes that his moment in the sun won’t be wasted.
“I really don’t care who it is. It can be Terence Crawford, Errol Spence, anybody, Keith Thurman. I really don’t care, I just want my opportunity. Once I get my opportunity, I know I’m going to shine. Once I get the opportunity, it’s over with.”
Eric Belanga, Custio Clayton’s Trainer, Believes Jaron Ennis Is All Hype
By: Hans Themistode
Regardless of whom you may ask in the boxing world, the talent of Jaron Ennis is often described as otherworldly, fantastic, or superb. Perhaps, even all of the above.
Throughout his relatively short career, the Philadelphia native has dazzled fight fans with his ability to end fights in the blink of an eye and the mastery he’s shown when fighting out of either stance.
With Ennis bursting out in a huge way in 2021, he’ll look to inch even closer to his first crack at a world title when he takes on Custio Clayton on May 14th, in an IBF title eliminator.
While often praised for his come-forward style and never say die attitude, Clayton is supremely overmatched in the eyes of both the boxing public and in the minds of the betting world. But, despite being counted out, Eric Belanger, Custio’s trainer, believes that his fighter will present Ennis with an unsolvable puzzle come fight night.
“I think we bring a lot of different things to the table,” said Belanger to FightHype.com. “We can box, we can pressure, we can counterpunch, our defense is slick. I think we also bring a level of maturity that Jaron hasn’t seen yet.”
At the age of 24, Ennis might be considerably younger than his 34-year-old veteran opponent, but the Philadelphian believes he’s ready to take on the world. With Ennis enjoying his moment in the sun, Clayton has worked quietly in the shadows.
In 2020, following his knockout win over Diego Ramirez, Clayton took on former 140-pound titlist, Sergey Lipinets, on just two weeks’ notice. In spite of the short turnaround, Clayton fought Lipinets on even terms, resulting in a majority decision draw. Ennis, on the other hand, easily stopped Ennis one year later.
As Belanga continues to prepare his man for what could be the biggest challenge of his career, the longtime trainer finds it difficult scouting the highly touted 24-year-old.
At this point, Ennis has yet to be tested in the ring, leaving Belanga with more questions than answers heading into their upcoming contest. Still, regardless of it all, Belanga is confident in his ability to come up with an adequate game plan to pick up the win.
As the leading voice in Clayton’s corner proceeds to breakdown tape of Ennis into the wee hours of the night, he often finds himself grinning at what he sees.
Ultimately, he admits that Ennis has extraordinary talent. However, with that in mind, he believes that come May 14th, his hype train will be derailed in a major way.
“He’s flashy which makes us get excited,” continued Belanga. “He does big movements, he has charisma, he has that wow factor when he’s in the ring. It kinda makes my job difficult a little bit in a certain sense because when you have an undefeated guy who hasn’t been tested, all the holes that you see in his game are assumptions. You gotta assume that their holes but once we get there, that’s when we’re going to find out. We can’t base our game plan on one assumption. Is he all hype? We assume he is. Is he going to be exposed on May 14th? I assume he will.”
Danny Garcia On Possible Future Jaron Ennis Showdown: “Anything Can Happen, He’s Going To Take Over That Division”
By: Hans Themistode
Whether it’s a brand new Philadelphia business owner sprouting their wings and attempting to make their mark, or a newly crowned world champion from the City of Brotherly Love, Danny Garcia beams with pride whenever he sees someone from his hometown doing well.
For nearly 15 years, Garcia has carried the mantle as one of the more successful fighters in recent memory that was born and bred in Philadelphia. With the 34-year-old continuing to support his own, he’s nearly moved to tears as he discusses Jaron Ennis.
The 24-year-old has recently made headlines as one of the brightest young stars in the sport of boxing. In 2021, Ennis took his game to another level. To kick off his memorable year, Ennis brutally knocked out former 140-pound titleholder turned 147-pound contender, Sergey Lipinets. Ennis easily outboxed his man before laying down the hammer in the sixth.
To piggyback off his performance, Ennis took care of business against Thomas Dulorme at the tail end of the year. Though normally durable, Dulorme was left shellshocked following his first-round stoppage defeat.
As Ennis continues his meteoritic rise, Garcia believes that sooner or later, Ennis will become the welterweight division’s top dog.
“Philly support Philly,” said Garcia during an interview with FightHub TV. “He’s a young, hungry, up-and-coming fighter. He’s almost there to become a champion. Like I told him, he’s going to build his own legacy, just like I built my own legacy. I feel like the welterweight division, in one or two more fights, is going to open up. I feel like he’s going to be the one to take over that division.”
With Garcia currently contemplating a move up in weight, the former two-division titlist is still pondering his next move. Of course, with a ten-year age gap between them, Garcia doesn’t view Ennis as his primary competition.
Ultimately, having fought some of the best fighters in the world for nearly a decade and a half, including Errol Spence Jr. in his most recent bout, Garcia is interested in adding more world titles to his championship mantle. In the case of Ennis, on the other hand, the 24-year-old switch-hitter has failed to fight for a world title as of yet. That notion, however, could soon change as he’s set to take on Custio Clayton in an IBF eliminator on May 14th.
In the end, while Garcia is proud of Ennis and wants to continue to see him do well, he’s well aware that the sport of boxing is an unpredictable one. Meaning, there’s a chance they could be forced to put their Philadelphia friendship aside and face one another in the ring.
“I mean it’s boxing, anything can happen so you can never say never. I earned my stripes in the game already. He’s going to build his legacy and I’m looking for bigger and better things.”
Tim Bradley Views Terence Crawford Vs. Jaron Ennis As One-sided: “Somebody Going To Sleep And It Ain’t Gonna Be Crawford”
By: Hans Themistode
At the tender age of 24, Jaron Ennis should be in the infancy stages of his career.
Yet, despite the normal career arc of a younger fighter, Ennis wants no parts of a slow and methodical build toward the top of the sport. Currently, thanks to a slew of knockout victories against high-profile fighters, Ennis has moved quickly up the welterweight ladder.
In the opinion of the budding 147-pound star, a showdown against the division’s best is inevitable. If the decision were solely up to the Philadelphia native, he would love to test his skills against pound-for-pound star and current WBO welterweight titlist, Terence Crawford.
Although their showdown is unlikely for the immediate future, Ennis is much closer to getting his shot at Crawford than many realize.
In 2021, Ennis strung together back-to-back stellar performances. First up on his fight calendar, was a showdown against former 140-pound champion turned 147-pound contender, Sergey Lipinets. While the one-time belt holder was considered his stiffest test, Ennis made quick work of him, dropping him in the fourth, before finishing him off in the sixth round.
Next up for Ennis was a welterweight showdown against rugged contender Thomas Dulorme. Ultimately, while Dulorme has presented issues for numerous names at 147 pounds, Ennis had little to no trouble dealing with him, stopping him in the very first round.
Following those two decisive victories, Ennis now finds himself ranked number two in the WBO sanctioning body. But as the 24-year-old inches closer and closer toward a showdown against the pound-for-pound stalwart, former two-division champion Tim Bradley believes that Ennis should be careful what he wishes for.
“Somebody going to sleep and it ain’t gonna be Crawford,” said Bradley during an interview with BoxingInsider.com.
Ultimately, Ennis appears to be taking his career in another direction. In an effort to scoop more than just one world title, Ennis has set his sights on Errol Spence Jr. With the unified titlist focusing his efforts on his upcoming showdown against WBA champion Yordenis Ugas, Ennis is attempting to position himself in line to take on the winner.
On May 14th in Los Angeles, California, Ennis will face off against fellow undefeated contender Custio Clayton in an IBF title eliminator. Regardless of the route Ennis eventually chooses, Bradley believes it’s foolish for him to take on Crawford.
Most recently, the 34-year-old switch-hitter successfully defended his world title for the fifth consecutive time. At the tail end of 2021, Crawford took on good friend and former two-time champion Shawn Porter.
Throughout the early portions of their showdown, Crawford struggled with the awkward rhythm of his opponent. Still, despite Porter’s early success, Crawford would eventually dissect his man en route to a 10th round stoppage win.
As Bradley continues to shake his head at the mere thought of Crawford and Ennis sharing the ring with one another, the Hall of Fame hopeful has one final succinct statement for Ennis, and anyone else for that matter, who doubts Crawford’s skills.
“Y’all better put some respect on Terence Crawford’s name.”
Freddie Roach Tabs Jaron Ennis As The Best Welterweight In The World
By: Hans Themistode
When discussing the best fighters at 147 pounds, both Errol Spence Jr. and Terence Crawford’s names usually protrude to the top of the welterweight list.
With Spence Jr. in possession of both the WBC and IBF world titles and Crawford holding firm to his WBO crown, many have pegged them as pound-for-pound stars. Yet, despite those beliefs, Jaron Ennis continues to back himself as the division’s best fighter.
The 24-year-old from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has slowly but assuredly worked his way up the welterweight rankings. In 2021, Ennis had his most productive year yet. During the first half of his fight calendar, Ennis violently stopped former 140-pound titlist Sergey Lipinets in the sixth round. Before the year came to a close, Ennis made quick work of well-respected journeymen, Thomas Dulorme, needing only a minute and a half to dispose of him.
Considering his ability to dissect his opponents from the outside, as well as his stellar inside work and concussive knockout power, Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach has taken notice. Not only is Roach firmly of the belief that Ennis is ready to showcase his talents on the grandest of stages but when asked to choose the best 147 pounder in the world, Roach didn’t hesitate to give his answer.
“He’s a very good fighter,” said Roach when describing Ennis during an interview with FightHype.com. “I think he’s the best guy in the weight division.”
In the coming months, Roach’s words could prove to be prophetic. With Ennis set to take on Custio Clayton sometime this Spring in an IBF final eliminator, the dynamic young star could find himself standing across the ring from Spence Jr. sooner rather than later.
First things first, however, even if Ennis walks through Clayton, Spence Jr. has his eyes set on adding even more gold to his championship mantle. On April 16th, at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, Spence Jr. will take on WBA belt holder, Yordenis Ugas. Should Spence Jr. snag his third-world title, he’ll turn his attention toward Crawford in an effort to become an undisputed champion.
While Ennis may ultimately be forced to play the waiting game, no matter who he faces in the ring, Roach is convinced that he’ll always have the upper hand.
Errol Spence Jr.: “Jaron [Ennis] Very Skilled, I Ain’t Ducking Or Dodging Nobody”
By: Hans Themistode
Slowly but surely, Jaron Ennis has gotten the attention of every notable welterweight in the world. The deleterious knockout artist has warned every challenger that was placed in front of him of an otherworldly beating that was heading in their direction. To no one’s surprise, he has backed up every word he’s spouted on his way to a spotless record through 28 career fights.
The fists of the 24-year-old switch-hitter out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, caused even more damage this past year.
In the first half of 2021, Ennis took on former 140 pound champion Sergey Lipinets. Despite the step up, Ennis discarded his man in explosive fashion, forcing Lipinets to kiss the canvas in the fourth round before he ultimately laid motionless in the sixth.
For an encore, Lipinets easily took care of business against Thomas Dulorme in the final quarter of the year. The Philadelphian dropped Dulorme with a pernicious right hook at the beginning of the opening round, before closing the show several seconds later.
With Ennis leaving a long trail of welterweight bodies, he’s continually banged on the door of Errol Spence Jr., Yordenis Ugas, and Terence Crawford – the division’s three belt holders.
In the case of Spence Jr., in particular, Ennis has taken a liking to a showdown against him. Although he isn’t picky, considering that Spence Jr. holds two welterweight titles at the moment, more than both Ugas and Crawford, Ennis views a showdown against him as a quicker way to reach his undisputed goals.
Presently, it’s practically impossible for Spence Jr. to not have taken notice of what Ennis has accomplished. And, by all accounts, the unified titlist is thoroughly impressed.
“Jaron, I feel like he’s very skilled, got a lot of good talent, good reflexes.” Said Spence Jr. to a group of reporters. “He can really fight. I like him. He got a lot of talent, I respect the talent. He got all the tools for real.”
Throughout it all, Spence Jr. has been able to take in the breathtaking skills of Ennis from a distance but in short order, he could be forced to deal with him up close and personal.
To begin his 2022, Ennis will take on fellow undefeated contender, Custio Clayton, in an IBF final eliminator, for a crack at Spence Jr. The two are tentatively scheduled to face off on May 21st at a yet-to-be-determined location.
Although a win for Ennis places him promptly to the front of Spence Jr.’s line, the Dallas native is preoccupied with other pressing matters. On April 16th, Spence Jr. will attempt to unify welterweight titles when he takes on WBA champion, Yordenis Ugas.
Ultimately, Spence Jr.’s immediate goal is to truncate the world title reign of Ugas before jumping straight away into an undisputed showdown against Crawford. Nevertheless, with other ideas in mind, Spence Jr. wants to make it clear that he isn’t eschewing a matchup against Ennis.
“In the future we’ll see, we’ll def see. I ain’t ducking or dodging nobody.”
Shawn Porter Stands Behind “Overrated” Jaron Ennis Comments: “I Said What I Said”
By: Hans Themistode
Shawn Porter isn’t backing up one iota.
The former two-division world champion made headlines earlier this week when discussing the overall talent of 147 pound rising contender Jaron “Boots” Ennis. While many have tabbed Ennis as the next great welterweight, Porter believes everyone should slow their roll before anointing him.
“Boots is overrated,” said Porter on The Porter Way Podcast Clips. “This is why I say he’s overrated. Everybody is so hyped up on him but he hasn’t been in the ring with any world champions yet.”
Since making those comments, Ennis has fired back shots of his own, even daring the newly retired former two-time champion to dust off his gloves and face him in the ring. Despite the public callout, Porter appears to have no interest in taking Ennis up on his offer. He did, however, attempt to clarify his comments.
“That’s probably the wrong term to use,” said Porter when discussing if Ennis is overrated on Fight Hub TV. “I said what I said and I meant what I said. What we know about Ennis is all true but what people say, I am not in full agreement with. I’m in full agreement that he’s the next.
“What I’m not in agreement with is when people say, ‘he’s going to wash that fighter, that fighter, that fighter, that fighter.’ I’m like hey, this dude is going to be in some very good, great boxing matches. Let those matches happen, don’t just put the stigma of him washing whoever he gets in the ring with. He is next but I don’t think he washes the top three to four guys in the welterweight division.”
Ennis, 24, is coming off the most impressive year of his young career. During the first quarter of 2021, the Philadelphia native took on former 140 pound champion, Sergey Lipinets. While on paper, Lipinets appeared to be his sternest test, the Kazakhstan warrior was pummeled and stopped in the sixth round.
To close out his year, Ennis took on rough and rugged contender Thomas Dulorme. The 32-year-old built his career on durability and toughness and hadn’t suffered a knockout loss since facing Terence Crawford in 2015. Still, despite his normally dependable chin, Dulorme was violently stopped in the first round.
By all accounts, Porter isn’t denying that Ennis is supremely talented. That said, he refuses to crown him as the best welterweight in the world just yet.
“Honestly, he’s a problem and he might beat all four of those top guys but for everybody to just say ‘ah he’s washing them, he’s washing them,’ I can’t rock with that.”
Jaron Ennis: “It’s Time To Become A Legend”
By: Hans Themistode
Once the clock officially signaled the start of a new year. An epiphany of sorts swam over Jaron Ennis.
The supremely talented 24-year-old had a stellar 2021. To kick off his year, Ennis took on the most difficult opponent of his young career in former 140 pound champion Sergey Lipinets. Although Lipinets swelled with confidence heading into their contest, Ennis easily and destructively got rid of his man, scoring two knockdowns on the night before winning via sixth-round stoppage.
Shortly after the win, Ennis closed the door on his fantastic year with a first-round knockout win over Thomas Dulorme.
With two impressive victories in his back pocket, Ennis now finds himself ranked in the top three in all four of the major sanctioning body’s welterweight rankings. Although he doesn’t have a fight date just yet, he hopes to enter the ring two or three times this year.
While he would normally refrain from making audacious claims, the Philadelphia native is confident that 2022 will be the year that he protrudes to the top of the charts.
“I see the welterweight division with me rising to the top and getting one of those belts,” said Ennis to FightHype.com. “Becoming one of those pay-per-view superstars and eventually on the pound-for-pound list.”
The lofty goals of Ennis coincide with what he believes should be a shot at a world title this year. The Philadelphian has continually called for showdowns against WBA titlist Yordenis Ugas, WBO champion Terence Crawford, and unified champion Errol Spence Jr.
Despite his wishes, Ennis could be forced to wait. Spence Jr. recently revealed that a showdown between himself and Ugas will take place in April. Crawford, of course, is hopeful to land a shot against the winner.
Regardless of how things ultimately play out, Ennis will wait patiently for his chance. Although Ennis is only 24 years of age, he feels an obligation to take his career to another level.
“It’s time to become a legend and takeover.”
Jaron Ennis Gives His Thoughts On Possible Spence Jr. Showdown: “I Will Beat Him, Can’t Keep Putting Me To The Side”
By: Hans Themistode
Jaron Ennis has done his best to wait patiently for his turn. But, as the Philadelphia native continues to lay waste to the rest of his 147 pound contemporaries, he believes it’s only a matter of time before he does the same to the upper echelon of the welterweight division.
While Ennis has always been lauded for his otherworldly talent, 2021 was easily his best year yet. The 24-year-old eagerly took on former 140 pound titlist Sergey Lipinets, stopping the rough and rugged Kazakhstan in the sixth round. At the tail end of the year, Ennis punctuated his placement as one of the world’s best fighters, violently stopping former title challenger Thomas Dulorme in the very first round.
As Ennis continues to hone his craft, he has slowly but assuredly worked his way up the welterweight rankings. Presently, the young and flashy contender ranks in the top three of all four sanctioning bodies. However, with former two-time welterweight champion Shawn Porter recently retiring, as well as Kudratillo Abdukakhorov recently suffering defeat for the first time in his career, he now finds himself as the highest-ranked fighter in the IBF sanctioning body.
At the moment, Errol Spence Jr. is the proud owner of that IBF trinket, as well as the WBC crown. With the pair seemingly on a collision course, Ennis didn’t hold his tongue when asked how a showdown between himself and Spence Jr. plays out.
“I will beat him,” said Ennis during an interview with FightHype.com. “I’m ready. Those guy, they know. That’s why they won’t take a fight like me. They can’t keep putting me to the side.”
Spence Jr., 31, has openly acknowledged that Ennis should be considered one of the best welterweights in the world. However, despite confessing that Ennis is extremely talented, the powerful southpaw is focusing on collecting more hardware.
According to the unified titlist, a showdown between himself and WBA belt holder Yordenis Ugas, is on the verge of taking place sometime in April.
Regardless of whether or not Spence Jr. continues to pilfer more gold, Ennis believes he’ll ultimately dethrone the former Olympian and highly rated pound-for-pound star to begin his own reign as welterweight champion.
“This is going to be the best year of my career so far. It’s time for us to shine and take over this welterweight division.”
Jaron Ennis Believes He’s “Bigger, Faster, Stronger, Smarter” Then Errol Spence Jr.
By: Hans Themistode
Slowly but surely, Jaron Ennis is making his way up the welterweight rankings. Currently, the Philadelphia native occupies a top three position in each of the four sanctioning bodies. So, with the explosive young star on the cusp of fighting for his first world title soon, he has his pick of the litter in terms of which world champion he prefers to pursue.
But while Ennis doesn’t have an exact preference, he does have an idea in terms of which current belt holder he intends on going after.
“To me, it don’t matter,” said Ennis during an interview with YSM Sports Media. “But I’m the highest in the IBF, so that’s the route we’re going to go.”
Presently, Ennis ranks number two in the WBO and three in the WBA, WBC, and IBF. However, following the recent retirement of Shawn Porter, who held the number two position in the IBF sanctioning body, there is now a void in the ranking just above Ennis. In addition to that, Kudratillo Abdukakhorov, formerly ranked number one in the IBF, recently suffered defeat at the hands of Cody Crowley this past weekend at Dignity Health Sports Park, in Carson, California.
With the Uzbekistan set to fall from the rankings, Ennis reveals that he was originally hoping to face him in the ring. Nevertheless, with one less hurdle to clear, Ennis believes world title glory is closer than ever before.
“We was actually trying to get the number one guy,” continued Ennis. “He lost so I guess they’re going to make me number one or I gotta fight for the number one spot, something like that. It don’t matter. Everything is falling into place. We almost there.”
Currently, Errol Spence Jr. holds both the IBF and WBC welterweight titles. The hard-hitting southpaw has owned territory on virtually every credible pound for pound list but as of late, inactivity has plagued his career. The Dallas native last graced the ring in December of 2020, winning a wide unanimous decision against former two-division titlist Danny Garcia. Since then, Spence Jr. has remained sidelined as he recovers from eye surgery to correct a torn/detached retina.
Regardless of his infrequent trips to the ring, Spence Jr. is still considered one of the best fighters in the world, a sentiment Ennis wholeheartedly agrees with. That said, as Ennis juxtaposes his skillset to that of his possible future opponent, he doesn’t see where Spence Jr. has the edge.
“He’s a great fighter but I just feel like I’m on a whole different level. Anything he can do, I can do better. I’m bigger, faster, stronger, smarter. I’m too hungry. I’m coming to take whatever they put on the table and that belt is gonna be on the table so I’m coming to take it. That’s what you have to do when you fight the champions, you have to go take that belt.”
Terence Crawford Heaps Praise On Jaron Ennis, Doesn’t Rule Out Future Clash: “Dude Got Skills”
By: Hans Themistode
With nearly a decade and a half of experience in the ring at the pro level, Terence Crawford admits to seeing the light at the end of his Hall of Fame tunnel.
Still, even with the end of his road drawing closer, the current WBO welterweight belt holder believes he has plenty left to accomplish. At the top of his long list of goals, is a dream of one day becoming an undisputed champion for the second time in his career.
Should the Omaha, Nebraska, native be successful, he’ll look to hang up his gloves and avoid fighting into his late 30s. While Crawford is considered by most as the best fighter in the division, many have begun to take notice of Jaron Ennis.
The 24-year-old 147-pound contender has continued to see his stock soar. Most recently, in what was considered step-up bouts, Ennis easily took care of business against respected veteran Thomas Dulorme and former champion, Sergey Lipinets, stopping both well before the final bell.
Though Ennis has only just begun to receive his just due, Crawford reveals that he’s always had an eye on him. In fact, with numerous close friends juxtaposing both fighters, Crawford is openly admitting that the Philadelphian could be well on his way to stardom.
“He’s very talented,” said Crawford during an interview on The Porter Way Podcast Clips. “Dude got skills. I been watching dude since he was an amateur. Him coming up, that’s somebody that they always used to compare to me because he can go both ways and stuff like that. As I kept watching him, I’m like man, this dude’s good. I always said he’s very talented. I take my hat off to him. He’s doing what he needs to do to get his name out there. He’s going to be the next one up as well.”
At the age of 34, and coming off the most impressive win of his career, a tenth-round stoppage over former two-time titlist Shawn Porter, Crawford is more interested in facing the upper echelon of the division. Still, while Crawford’s current career path makes it incredibly unlikely that he ever steps into the ring with Ennis, he isn’t ruling it out completely.
“You never know what the future may hold.”
Shawn Porter Highly Impressed With Jaron Ennis: “He’s Ready”
By: Hans Themistode
Having spent the better part of the past decade as either a welterweight contender or a world champion, Shawn Porter knows a great fighter when he sees one. Jaron Ennis, the highly touted Philadelphia contender, has that look.
This past weekend, at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, Ennis squared off against veteran contender Thomas Dulorme. As the multiple-time belt holder sat back and witnessed the one-sided beating Ennis dished out on the night, stopping his man in the first round, Porter’s jaw seemingly hit the ground.
At the age of 31, Porter doesn’t view Dulorme as a fighter who’s on his last legs. In fact, Porter respects the skillset of the Puerto Rican title challenger. Although Dulorme headed into their showdown on the heels of two fairly close decision losses, never before has he been ran through like he was this past weekend.
As Porter continues to dissect the overall skills of Ennis, he’s almost dumbfounded with his great this 24-year-old truly is.
“He’s too much. He’s just too much,” said Porter during an interview with FightHype.com. “When you have somebody who’s so intuitive in the ring, so intelligent in the ring. And then got the speed, the quickness, the agility, the power clearly. Just everything to back it up, he’s just too much. He’s amazing man. Dulorme’s not washed up, Dulrome’s not over the hill. I think if Dulorme had the opportunity, he would have fought and made it a fight but Jaron was too much.
Following his second straight knockout win over a highly ranked contender, Ennis has turned his attention towards a world title opportunity. The smooth switch hitter is currently ranked in the top five in three of the four major sanctioning bodies. Ideally, Ennis would quickly sign his name to take on any of the current titleholders.
However, matchups against Errol Spence Jr., Terence Crawford, or Yordenis Ugas – would be considered massive step-ups in competition. With that said, Porter believes a championship opportunity, even at this stage, wouldn’t be overwhelming.
If A Title Shot Isn’t Possible, Jaron Ennis Wants Keith Thurman Next
By: Hans Themistode
Jaron Ennis looked into the center of the camera and promised to put on a show. Thomas Dulorme, however, simply shook his head in disapproval. The Puerto Rican native heard all of the rumors surrounding the talent of the Philadelphia native but refused to believe the hype. Now, in just over a minute and a half, Dulorme understands what everyone was talking about.
Both Ennis and Dulorme officially locked horns at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, in Las Vegas, Nevada late last night. Despite Dulorme being a battle-tested rugged warrior, his chin simply couldn’t stand up to the power of his much younger man. As the 31-year-old crumbled from the first big blow landed by Ennis, he attempted to fight fire with fire.
With Dulorme pinning his ears back and going full throttle, Ennis patiently waited until he found the right opening just a few seconds later. The win for Ennis, by and large, was expected. Although at the age of 24, Ennis has plenty of time to capture his first championship, he’s hoping that his title reign happens sooner, rather than later.
“Whatever belt I’m ranked the highest in. I think that’s the IBF so that’s where we going,” said Ennis following his victory. “That’s Spence and he got the WBC and IBF, if I get that, that’ll be perfect.”
Presently, Ennis occupies a high ranking in each of the four sanctioning bodies. Ennis is ranked number three in the IBF, number five in both the WBA and WBO, and number six in the WBC.
Regardless of his top-tier placement, Ennis is well aware that he could be forced to wait until he achieves mandated status. If for some reason, a current titleholder at 147 pounds is unwilling to give Ennis a title shot next, he would love the opportunity to take on a former unified champion.
“I’ll take Ugas, if I can’t get Ugas I’ll take the winner of Crawford vs. Porter. If I can’t get that one, give me Keith Thurman.”
Jaron Ennis and Thomas Dulorme Set For Fall Showdown
By: Hans Themistode
Before the year’s end, both Jaron Ennis and Thomas Dulorme will look to make a statement.
The pair have officially inked an agreement to face one another this coming fall in either October or November. Originally, the pair was scheduled to face off on December 19th, at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. Approximately one month before they swapped fists, however, Dulorme (25-5-1, 16 KOs) was forced to withdraw from their contest after testing positive for COVID-19.
Still attempting to salvage the date, Chris Van Heerden stepped in with only a few weeks to prepare. While Ennis was pegged as the huge favorite, he was unable to prove his supporter’s correct thanks to a clash of heads which left Heerden unable to continue.
Although Ennis (27-0, 25 KOs) could have opted to have an immediate rematch, he instead chose to take on the much more dangerous Sergey Lipinets, a former 140-pound belt holder. Despite Lipinets representing the most difficult challenge of his career, the Philadelphia native made it look incredibly easy, dropping his man twice on the night before ultimately finishing him off in the sixth.
Following the win, Ennis continued his push for a world title shot. Currently, the 147-pound contender is ranked in the top ten in three of the four sanctioning bodies, number eight in the WBC, number four in the IBF, and number five in the WBO.
But while the career of Ennis continues to soar, Dulorme is looking to stop his current two-fight losing skid. In August of 2020, Dulorme attempted to wrap an interim world title around his waist with a win over Jamal James. Although the Puerto Rican native fought a competitive fight, he lost a close but clear unanimous decision.
In an attempt to rebuild himself, Dulorme took on highly rated, undefeated contender Eimantas Stanionis. The two would clash in the main event slot at the Mohegan Sun in mid-April, earlier this year. While Dulorme would once again fight a competitive fight, he would come up short, losing yet another unanimous decision.