By: Oliver McManus
With every passing week there’s another half dozen fighters making their debut that appear worth keeping an eye on. Fighters in North America are greeted with a plurality of promoters, managers and networks all promising to make them a future star of the sport. With that being said, here are Boxing Insider’s shortlist of North American fighters we believe will crack the jackpot.
Jaron Ennis – Welterweight
The man of the moment following his brutal beatdown over Bakhtiyar Eyubov on January 10th: Ennis has been raising eyebrows for a considerable period of time. Eyebrows raised not least for his ever flamboyant shorts. The Philadelphia welterweight has racked up 25 wins since turning professional in 2016 and has only gone the distance on two occasions. He has boxed at a canter in his recent performances but has still looked frighteningly destructive. Against Demian Fernandez, last year, Ennis twisted into each punch with vim and vigour and blitzed the Argentine into submission. It’s going to be hard to match him productively until the big titles come a-knocking; kudos to anyone capable of withstanding his pressure performances.
Edgar Berlanga – Middleweight
It’s hard to ignore any fighter with 13 wins and 13 first round knockouts and that’s exactly what Berlanga boasts. The middleweight from New York has swept aside all opposition he’s faced since a professional debut in April 2016. Three of his opponents have been debutants and the majority of the rest best typified as “win-some, lose-some” fighters so it’s hard to gauge a ceiling for Berlanga as of yet. The Andre Rozier fighter, with strong Puerto Rican roots, has ensured not to hang about and has been consistently destructive in his pursuit of a knockout. Over the course of 2020 he should face some more recognisable names where we’ll be able to measure just HOW good he is. Spoiler alert: he’ll probably still knock them out.
Otha Jones III – Lightweight
Talented Toledo lightweight Otha Jones III is on a mini crusade to bring boxing swinging back into the bright lights of Ohio. The 19 year old inked a deal with Matchroom USA last year and went 4-0 for the calendar year. A United Kingdom debut saw him stop Michael Horabin inside two minutes; Horabin is a fighter who rarely gets stopped. The softly spoken and self aware fighter has been keen to get his name out in the media at an early stage of his career: his performances match the buzz surrounding his name. He’s not been shy, either, about his goals and previously stated a desire to be 11-0 before 2020 is out.
Jared Anderson – Heavyweight
Venture into the not too distant past and it seemed as though the United States of America were capable of churning out heavyweight hopefuls at a baker’s dozen a week. Many of them would fizzle out but expectation remained; sadly not even that can be said for the last decade. Jared Anderson, alongside talents like Sonny Conto, look set to redress that issue. Anderson has been dubbed “America’s next great heavyweight” and he’s showing glimpses of that promise since turning professional. 2-0 and with plenty of work to do, the two-time national amateur champion is another Ohioan bringing some sparkle to the State.
Simon Kean – Heavyweight
Canadian heavyweight Simon Kean is a bit of a pet project of mine: I’ve had a keen interest in his career for a number of years. He makes this list by way of being in entertaining fights despite having a ceiling noticeably lower than most entrants. That is of no disrespect because Kean has been at the forefront of a rejuvenated boxing scene in Canada – he has helped bring a bit of glamour back to the national heavyweight division. The sole defeat of his career is to, the capable, Dillon Carman but he’s pieced together three KO wins since. The 31 year is the WBC Silver International champion so expect him to figure in some minor-ranking fights and a name, possibly, for Daniel Dubois?
Charles Conwell – Super Welterweight
Tragedy struck the sport last year with the tragic loss of a number of fighters. The most widely covered death was that of Patrick Day; Charles Conwell was his opponent that night and has been open about his struggles since. The dignity with Conwell has carried himself is a testament to the type of man he is; a man in the sport for the right reasons. The 22 year old competed in the Rio Olympics but lost in the first round – his professional career has gone far smoother. Last year the super welterweight claimed the USBA title with a comfortable win over Courtney Pennington. In his eleven pro fights he has garnered attention for his assured approach in the ring and amiable personality outside of it.
Cody Crowley – Super Welterweight
Ontario resident Cody Crowley has slowly but surely been climbing up the peripheral rankings. Now at 18-0, you’d have to cast your mind back to the undercard of Terence Crawford vs Yuriorkis Gamboa (June 2014) for his professional debut. The 26 year old’s approach to his development seems to have been wise; there will always be lessons to learn for any 20 year old making their debut. Crowley has been sure to step up at the right time, knowing it was on his side, and has adapted to each step up with real comfort. Last year he defended the CPBC National title on two occasions and should fight for bigger titles this year.
Ruben Villa – Featherweight
WBO International belt holder Ruben Villa made his professional debut shortly after his 19th birthday. The Californian entered the pro ranks, in 2016, with credible amateur pedigree: a two time Golden Gloves champion and a 166-17 record. Villa has been guided by Banner Promotions and Thompson Boxing who have seen him progress to 17-0 and continually busy. His television debut will be on January 31st when he headlines on Showtime against Alexei Collado. Villa is a smooth southpaw who fought for the International belt twice last year winning both with a style that sees him tick through the motions and widen the gap as rounds progress.
David Kaminsky – Welterweight
Israeli-born David Kaminsky is another teenager looking to make a splash with big backing. Bob Arum and the cohort at Top Rank have invested into the welterweight with grand ambitions for the 19 year old. As an amateur he took silver at the US Youth National Championships, competing at 165lbs but saw success across a number of weight divisions. Having settled at 154 for the foreseeable future, Kaminsky has quickly caught the eye of onlookers. In his latest fight, against Travis Jerig, he caught his opponent flush in the face with a crisp left hand to stop the contest immediately.
Saleto Henderson – Flyweight
The lightest of our fighters to watch, Saleto Henderson is worth keeping an eye on in a flyweight scene gradually receiving more awareness. Henderson will be a bit of a slow-burner, I suspect, with time aplenty to round out his ability. The 20 year old has moved to 7-0 with ease, albeit against untested opponents, and looks a little raw from what footage there is. In December he went ten rounds, at the first scheduled opportunity, against Jesus Soler to win an NABF Junior belt. Given how young he is there is plenty of time for the early promise to be matured in the ring into a polished final product. He’ll need to stay busy, which can be hard at flyweight, but seven fights in a year shows he has every commitment to learning on the job.
By: Ken Hissner
Hard Hitting Promotions in association with Victory Promotions on a card at South Philly’s 2300 Arena Friday night televised live on ShoBox in an all Philly Main Event before a packed house.
In the main event Jaron “Boots” Ennis, 22-0 (20), destroyed Ray “Tito” Serrano, 24-6 (10), at 1:12 of the second round.
In the first round Ennis came out landing a solid right to the chin of Serrano. Ennis had Serrano backing up the entire round bewildered with the hand speed of Ennis who had him holding on at the bell. In the second round Ennis switching from southpaw to orthodox dropped Serrano with a left hook on the chin. Serrano beat the count but was out of it. Ennis dropped Serrano a second time with a right hand. He jumped on Serrano dropping him with a flurry for a third knockdown ending the mismatch.
Photo Credit: Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME
In the co-feature Kenny Sims, Jr., 13-2-1 (4), of Chicago, IL, lost a lopsided decision to Sammy Teah, 15-2-1 (7), from Liberia, residing in Philly, over 8 rounds.
In the first round there was no feeling out as both fighters were throwing punches in bunches. Teah used an effective right while Sims used a good left. Round could have gone either way. In round two both fighters mostly used a body attack. Teah rocked Sims with a right hand on the chin. Sims fought back but was hurt. Big round for Teah.
In the third round Teah worked well inside while Sims seemed to play into his hands trying to switch back and forth from orthodox to southpaw but with little effect. In the fourth round Teah used uppercuts to the body hurting Sims. Teah simply outworked the out of town fighter Sims.
In the fifth round Teah kept the pressure on the back pedaling Sims. It was another good round for Teah. Referee Benjy Esteves, Jr., warned Sims at the end of the round for using a back hander. In the sixth round Teah rocked Sims with a combination to the head. Teah landed a double left hook to the body of Sims who came back with a chopping right to the head. Teah had Sims in trouble the last ten seconds of the round as the bell sounded.
In the seventh round Teah kept the jab in the face of Sims who was coming forward looking for the big punch being far behind in the fight. Teah was still the better of the two round after round. In the eighth and final round Teah came out looking for the knockout but Sims knowing he needed one stood his ground. Teah never looked better in this writers eyes.
Scores were Braswell and Weisfeld 77-75 and Poturaj 79-73 This writer had it 79-73.
Super bantam Arnold “Arni” Khegai, 14-0-1 (9), of Philly, defeated Jorge Diaz, 19-6-1 (10), of New Brunswick, NJ over 8 rounds.
In the first three rounds Diaz worked the body of Khegai. Diaz in the fourth round drew blood over the left eye of Khegai. Cut-man Joey Eye went to work on it between rounds.
In the fifth round Khegai finally started landing solid punches to the head of the ever ducking Diaz. Referee Rosato gave several warnings to Khegai for pushing the head of Diaz down but never took a point away. In the sixth round Khegai landed a solid left to the chin of Diaz dropping him. Diaz weathered the storm getting through the round.
In the seventh round Khegai had his best round trying to capitalize on the previous rounds knockdown. Diaz kept in the round as best he could. In the eighth and final round Khegai continued using dirty tactics and receiving warnings but landed solid punches to the fading Diaz. At the end of the round Khegai had Diaz out on his feet being saved by the bell.
Scores were LaRosa 79-72 while Weisfeld and Poturaj scored it 77-74. This writer had it 76-75 with the knockdown the difference.
Philly Lightweight Branden “The Gift” Pizarro, 13-1 (6), defeated Jerome Rodriguez, 7-11-3 (2), out of Allentown, PA, over 6 rounds for the NBA belt.
In the first round Pizarro landed several lead rights to the chin of southpaw Rodriguez. Pizarro landed a 3-punch combination to the body and head of Rodriguez. In the second round a right hook from Rodriguez put a welt under the left eye of Pizarro. Pizarro ended the round with a double left hook to the chin of Rodriguez. Cut-man Joey Eye went to work on the welt of Pizarro’s between rounds.
In the third round inside being held by Rodriguez Pizarro landed three chopping rights to the head. Rodriguez used his jab while Pizarro was throwing twice as many in return followed by rights to the head. In the fourth round Pizarro landed half a dozen unanswered punches. After landing a combination Pizarro got his head snapped back by a Rodriguez jab. Pizarro with his hands to his side ended the round with a combination to the chin of Rodriguez.
In the fifth round Pizarro landed a combination to the head but got caught with a Rodriguez right hook on the chin. Pizarro turned southpaw for about ten secons before returning to orthodox. In the sixth and final round both opened up getting the fans into it. Rodriguez landed a hard uppercut to the chin of Pizarro. Pizarro ended the round with a combination to the chin of Rodriguez.
Scores were LaRosa 60-54 while Braswell and Poturaj as well as this writer had it 59-55. Esteves was the ref.
Super Featherweight Gadwin “Abayarde” Rosa, 9-0 (7) of Ocala, FL, deated German Meraz, 61-51 (38), of Sonora, MEX, over 6 rounds for the NBA title.
In the first two rounds Rosa was on the offense going to the body of Meraz. Rosa landed a solid left hook to the chin of Meraz in the second round. In the third round there was too much clinching as referee Rosato handled it appropriately. Finally with 10 seconds to go Meraz got in his best punch of the night a left hook to the chin of Rosa.
In the fourth round Meraz unloaded with overhand rights to the head of Rosa. Rosa came back evening the score for the most part. In the fifth round Meraz switched to southpaw holding off Rosa for the most part. In the sixth and final round Meraz became the aggressor landing uppercuts to the body of Rosa. Meraz missed with an uppercut and was countered by a Rosa right to the chin.
Scores were LaRosa and Weisfeld 59-55, David Braswell 60-54 with this writer having it 59-55. Rosato was the ref.
Super Welterweight Kieran Hooks, 3-2-1 (1), of Philly, was stopped by Gledwin “Chico” Ortiz, 6-2 (5), of the Bronx, NY, at 2:27 of round one.
In the first round Ortiz landed a devistating right to the chin of Hooks who went down face first. Referee Esteves wisely immediately waved it over!
Super Featherweight Christian Tapia, 7-0 (6), of Coamo, PR, stopped Darnell Pettis, 3-13 (0), of Cleveland, OH, who couldn’t come out for the fourth round.
In the first two rounds it went back and forth. In the third and fourth Tapia took over hurting Pettis. By the end of the fourth referee Rosata with the advice of the ring physician stopped it in favor of Tapia.
Light Heavyweight Benjamin Sinakin, 2-0 (1), of Philly stopped southpaw Darren Gibbs, 1-6 (1), of Ferndale, MI, at 2:23 of the first round.
In the first round Sinakin dropped Gibbs with a right to the chin. Gibbs beat the count but Sinakin jumped on him having him hurt in a corner when referee Esteves wisely called a halt.
Cruiserweight David Stevens, out of Reading, PA, 1-0 (1), stopped Judd Brown, 0-2-1, (0), of Johnson City, TN, at 2:56, of the first round.In the first round Stevens was bombing Brown with solid shots landing a left hook followed by a straight right for a knockdown. The second knockdown was a right uppercut causing referee Rosato to call a halt.
By: Ken Hissner
ShoBox: The Next Generation will be in the “City of Brotherly Shove” Friday featuring whom this writer considers the best Philly prospect since 1984 Olympic Gold Medalist Meldrick Taylor. He will be opposed by another Philly fighter, Ray “Tito” Serrano.
They will meet at South Philly’s 2300 Arena on a ten bout card promoted by Hard Hitting Promotions in association with Victory Promotions. Ennis, 21-0 (19) and Serrano, 24-5 (10), will headline in a ten round bout.
“When you are a boxer from Philly it means you have to put on a show. I love fighting at home, that’s the best feeling ever. People let the crowd get to them, I just feel at home. I feel comfortable and relaxed. I get to show out on SHOWTIME in Philly, get a win and look good doing it. My goal is to be world champ and be a great example for the kids. I want to unify, get all the belts, move up in weight and keep going. Watch out all 147’s. A young animal is on the way,” said Ennis.
In the co-feature super lightweight Kenneth “Bossman” Sims, Jr., 13-1-1 (4), of Chicago, IL, takes on Liberia’s Samuel “Tsunami” Teah, 14-2-1 (7), out of Philly, over 8 rounds. Super Bantamweight Ukrainian Arnold “Arni” Khegai, 13-0-1 (9), out of Philly, takes on Jorge Diaz, 19-5-1 (10), of New Brunswick, NJ, over 8 rounds.
Two NBA belts are up for grabs in fights featuring Philly Lightweight Branden “The Gift” Pizarro, 12-1 (6), taking on southpaw Jerome Rodriguez, 7-10-3 (2), out of Allentown, PA, over 8 rounds. In the other NBA title bout Super Featherweight Gadwin “Abayarde” Rosa, 8-0 (7), of Ocala, FL, taking on German “Panteonero” Meraz, 61-50-2 (38), of Sonora, MEX, over 6 rounds.
Other non-televised fights all 4 rounder’s feature Super Welterweight Kieran Hooks, 3-1-1 (1), of Philly, taking on Gledwin Ortiz, 5-2 (4), of the Bronx, NY. Super Featherweight Christian Tapia, 6-0 (5), of Coamo, PR, will be taking on Darnell Pettis, 3-12 (0), of Cleveland, OH. Philly Light Heavyweight Benjamin Sinakin, 1-0 (0), taking on southpaw Darren Gibbs, 1-5 (1), of Ferndale, MI. Super Bantamweight Angel Pizarro, 4-0 (3) taking on TBA and Cruiserweight David Stevens, out of Reading, PA, making his debut will be fighting Dustin Long, 0-1-2 (0), of Johnson City, TN.
By: Ken Hissner
Vito Mielnicki’s GH3, Victory Promotions and Banner Promotions at the WinnaVegas Casino & Resort, Sloan, Iowa, brought in the hottest prospect in the country in unbeaten Philly welterweight Jaron “Boots” Ennis, taking on Armando “The Gentleman” Alvarez, of Key West, FL, for the vacant WBC United States Silver (USNBC) welterweight title over 10 rounds of boxing over USA Showtime.
Welterweight Jaron “Boots” Ennis, 21-0 (19), of Philly, easily demolished Armando “The Gentleman” Alvarez, 13-1 (7), of Key West, FL, at 2:59 of the third round.
In the opening round it was all Ennis showing his quickness as the plodding Alvarez is doing more holding than fighting. Ennis starts moving and still out landing Alvarez. Alvarez warned for a low blow by referee Adam Pollack. Ennis impresses the fans having the bewildered Alvarez he signed for this one.
In the second round Ennis gave Alvarez all kinds of moves confusing him. Ennis fighting southpaw landed a lead left to the chin of Alvarez. Back to orthodox Ennis rocked Alvarez with a left hook to the head. Ennis kept backing up Alvarez who continues to do more holding than fighting. A right uppercut to the body hurt Alvarez. More body shots from Ennis had Alvarez looking bewildered. In the third round Ennis was “having fun” which is part of his entertaining to the fans.
Ennis stood looking away with an eye on Alvarez who threw a punch missing by a mile. An Ennis body shot dropped Alvarez who was cut under the left eye. Another half a dozen punches from Ennis without return. Suddenly Alvarez took a knee taking a county. A left hook from Ennis dropped Alvarez on the seat of his trunks. Alvarez tries holding taking much punishment as the referee asks him several times if he wants to continue before finally stopping it with a second left in the round. Ennis looked superb and very entertaining. Alvarez proclaimed before the fight he will go to the body but it was Ennis who went to the body.
Ennis is managed by his father while being promoted by Chris Middendorf’s Victory Boxing Promotions. “There are a lot of questions swirling around Ennis right now. Does he deserve to have his first fight on national television as the main event on ShoBox? Why was he fighting in Utah, New Mexico, Indiana, North Carolina, Virginia, DC, and small shows? Why was he moved so quickly with twenty fights in his first two years as a pro? Are all of your questions answered after tonight?” said Middendorf.
“I’m really excited about “Boots” and I brought Chris (Middendorf) in with his Victory Boxing Promotions. I am now starting my own promotion called N.O.W. Promotions. We will co-promote “Boots” together. I have big plans for him. I’ve had (Terence) Crawford and other pound for pound guys. I have had 34 world champions. I am so high on “Boots”. He wants to be the best fighter in the world. Crawford felt the same. Those guys are special. He just turned 21 (June 26th). His dad and I have known each other for 20 years. I’m getting ready to put 5 or 6 prospects with his dad. He teaches defense that nobody does anymore. They just teach offense. He takes his time with them and teaches them to slip punches,” said Dunkin.
Super lightweight southpaw Montana “Too Pretty” Love, 11-0-1 (5), of Cleveland, OH, and Kenneth “Bossman” Sims, Jr., 12-1-1 (4), of Chicago, IL, battled to a 8 round draw in a good fight.
In the first round both boxers let it all hang out. Sims had Love pinned against the ropes. Sims was landing lead rights to the chin of Love. In the second round Sims landed half a dozen unanswered punches before backing off the taunting Love. Sims turned southpaw the second half of the round.
In the third round it was Love landing a right hook. Seconds later a lead left to the chin of Sims by. Sims went back and forth orthodox to southpaw seeing a different Love in this round. In the fourth round Love had Sims on the ropes. Best round so far for Love evening the score.
In the fifth round Love knocked out the mouthpiece of Sims halting the action until referee Paul Parry gets the corner to replace it. It was a big round for Love. In the sixth round Sims comes out fast knowing the fight is slipping away from him the past three rounds. Love pinned Sims on the ropes until the referee breaks them. Back into the middle of the ring Sims took over.
In the seventh round Sims kept Love against the ropes but did catch several counter rights to the head. Close round for Sims. It was possibly the best round of the fight. In the eighth and final round it was Sims keeping Love against the ropes for the most part. The fans were loving the action. Sims was showing good hand speed at the end. Good action in this one.
Scores were 77-75 Sims, 77-75 Love, 76-76 a draw. This writer had it 77-75 Sims.
Lightweight Thomas “Gunna Man” Mattice, 13-0 (10), of Cleveland, OH, came off the canvas to win a highly disputed split decision over Armenian Zhora Hamazaryan, 9-1 (6), of L.A., CA, over 8 rounds.
In the first round Mattice moved well to his left using his jab. Hamazaryan walked Mattice against the ropes landing good body shots as Mattice held his hands high. Mattice started moving again boxing well. Hamazaryan landed a good lead overhand right to the chin of Mattice. In the second round Hamazaryan had Mattice covering up until after a jab a power shot right on the chin of Mattice dropped him for an 8 count. Hamazaryan jumped on Mattice who was holding and even wrestled Hamazaryan to the canvas. A left hook by Hamazaryan to the chin of Mattice had the latter grabbing to get through the round.
In the third round Mattice’s head seemed clear as Hamazaryan is trying to pick it up where he left it off in the previous round. Mattice was boxing well but took a good right on the chin from Hamazaryan that didn’t seem to have any effect.
Mattice ended the round with a right uppercut to the chin of Hamazaryan. In the fourth round Mattice boxed well even in close. A left hook from Hamazaryan to the chin had Mattice falling into a clinch. They exchanged rights up to the bell.
In the fifth round Hamazaryan kept coming in low trying to get under the jab of Mattice that is bothering him. Mattice landed right uppercuts and chopping rights to the chin and head of Hamazaryan who seems to be tiring having only four rounds of boxing in the past twenty rounds. In the sixth round Hamazaryan rushes in taking counter punches from Mattice. Mattice the second half of the round is on the run again. Hamazaryan seemed to get a second wind pressuring Mattice with wild left hooks and overhand rights to the head.
In the seventh round Hamazaryan kept the pressure on Mattice hurting Mattice with a right to the chin forcing Mattice to clinch forcing referee Adam Pollack to warn him for holding. Hamazaryan landed a leaping left hook to the chin of Mattice who continued to move to his left trying to avoid left hooks from Hamazaryan. In the eighth and final round Hamazaryan kept Mattice on the move with good body and head shots. In the final minute Mattice started using more offense but Hamazaryan got right back into his face with both hands.
Scores were 77-74 Hamazaryan, 76-75 Mattice twice. This writer had it 77-74 Hamazaryan.
By: Ken Hissner
On July 20th at the WinnaVegas Casino & Resort, Sloan, Iowa, unbeaten Philly welterweight Jaron “Boots” Ennis, 20-0 (18), takes on Armando “The Gentleman” Alvarez, 18-0 (12), of Key West, FL, for the vacant WBC United States Silver (USNBC) welterweight title over 10 rounds of boxing. The promoter is Vito Mielnicki’s GH3 Promotions over USA Showtime at 10pmEst.
This is a fight between a pair of top prospects with Ennis being the No. 1 contender in the USBA. Ennis has stopped his last ten opponents. Alvarez has stopped eight of his last ten opponents.
Ennis was an Olympic alternate in 2016 and trained by his father “Bozy” Ennis in the latters “Bozy’s Dungeon” gym on Venango Street in North Philly. The younger Ennis is following in the footsteps of his brothers “Pooh” (USBA champ) and Farah (NABF champ).
Alvarez will be the toughest opponent Ennis has encountered. On the other hand so is Ennis the toughest opponent Alvarez has encountered. Both are stepping up in competition with this match.
Ennis is managed by his father while being promoted by Chris Middendorf’s Victory Boxing Promotions. “There are a lot of questions swirling around Ennis right now. Does he deserve to have his first fight on national television as the main event on ShoBox? Why was he fighting in Utah, New Mexico, Indiana, North Carolina, Virginia, DC, and small shows? Why was he moved so quickly with twenty fights in his first two years as a pro? Tune in to Showtime on Friday and Jaron “Boots” Ennis will personally answer all of your questions,” said Middendorf.
“I’m really excited about “Boots” and I brought Chris (Middendorf) in with his Victory Boxing Promotions. I am now starting my own promotion called N.O.W. Promotions. We will co-promote “Boots” together. I have big plans for him. I’ve had (Terence) Crawford and other pound for pound guys. I have had 34 world champions. I am so high on “Boots”. He wants to be the best fighter in the world. Crawford felt the same. Those guys are special. He just turned 21 (June 26th). His dad and I have known each other for 20 years (thru Philly’s Anthony “The Messenger” Thompson and Demitrius “The Gladiator” Hopkins). I’m getting ready to put 5 or 6 prospects with his dad. He teaches defense that nobody does anymore. They just teach offense. He takes his time with them and teaches them to slip punches,” said Dunkin.
As someone who has seen “Boots” in the gym and the amateurs and a good majority of his pro fights I have not seen anyone from Philly like him since Meldrick Taylor came out of the 1984 Olympics with a Gold Medal. Dunkin and Middendorf have done an excellent job in getting him twenty fights in twenty-five months. Of his twenty fights nine have been in Philly and one in nearby Bristol, PA. I also saw him in DC. Before the fight I asked him to let it go a couple rounds since I just drove for 3 hours. He knocked the opponent out in 0:40 of the first round. You never know if he is going to fight orthodox or southpaw. He is a very level headed young man with the best trainer in Philly as his trainer, his father “Bozy”. His two brothers “Pooh” and Farah are just as nice and well-mannered as him. The father brought them up to show respect and not to be braggers.
Alvarez is trained by Maury Ramos. He is the creator of a program called “play boxing” which teaches a kid to define themselves through boxing but with no contact. His manager is Henry Rivalta.
Both boxers were asked about their outlook for their fight:
“I can’t wait to get in the ring and rock n’roll. I’m ready to put on a show come July 20th and the world will see who Jaron “Boots” Ennis is. I will be the one to watch at 147,” said Ennis.
Middendorf will tell you it hasn’t been easy getting opponents due to the reputation “Boots” had in the amateurs and being the Olympic alternate after a questionable decision. The fact Dunkin and Middendorf have put him in those ten out of PA fights is an investment that didn’t come cheap I’m sure. He sells tickets at home but on the road must be a different thing without the exposure he has had but that will be nullified come Friday one way or another.
“This is a huge opportunity for us both. I have been waiting for this opportunity for a while. I’m very focused and very motivated. I’m very excited to fight on Showtime and for the world to find out who Armando “The Gentleman” Alvarez really is come July 20,” said Alvarez.
On the undercard a pair of unbeaten boxers from China managed by Dino Duva. I met the heavyweight before he turned professional. Southpaw Zhilel Zhang, 18-0 (14) was a Super heavyweight Silver Medalist in the 2008 Beijing Olympics games. In the 2012 London Olympics he lost in the second round to current WBA, WBO and IBF champion Anthony Joshua by decision. He is 6:06 and lives in Las Vegas.
Southpaw Fanlong Meng, 12-0 (7), of Chifeng, China, is No. 12 in the IBF as a light heavyweight. I saw him in 2012 in a USA vs China event in Brooklyn’s Chinatown. He was the most impressive boxer on the Chinese team. (Philly’s Jesse Hart on the USA team) I saw him box professionally in 2015 and 2016 in NJ.
Philadelphia will also be represented in the heavyweight division by 6:05 Darmani Rock, 11-0 (7), who competed in the 2015 Olympic Trials after winning the US Amateur championship at Super heavyweight.
By: Ken Hissner
Philadelphia’s welterweight sensation Jaron “Boots” Ennis stopped “Mighty” Mike Arnaoutis in 2 rounds for his 20th straight win at the Showboat Hotel & Casino Friday in Atlantic City, NJ.
In the Main Event Philadelphia’s Jaron “Boots” Ennis, 20-0 (18), stopped Greece’s southpaw “Mighty” Mike Arnaoutis, 26-11-2 (13), at 2:59 of the second round for the WBU Welterweight title in a scheduled 10 rounds.
Both boxers came out southpaw with Ennis firing punches and dominating Arnaoutis who seemed bewildered having no answer for the 20 year-old Ennis.
In the second round Ennis came out orthodox and it looked like he was enjoying himself thrilling the many fans in the crowd wearing T-shirts with his name on it and the rest of the crowd. A straight left put Arnaoutis into a squatting position as Referee Alan Huggins registered an 8 count. Ennis jumped on him with a flurry of punches dropping Arnaoutis in the corner of Ennis. Again an 8 count was registered and it seemed pointless that the Referee didn’t wave it off at that time. Again Ennis was all over Arnaoutis whose corner stood there with a white towel but never threw it in the ring so the referee finally waved it off at 2:59 of the second round.
Afterwards Showtime’s Barry Tompkins and Steve Farhood were talking to the young Ennis’ father-trainer “Bozy” Ennis and matchmaker Chris Middendorf. Ennis must have taken pictures for some 20 minutes with his many fans afterwards. It was great to see one of them with the younger Ennis between his two brothers, former boxers “Pooh” and Farah. “I went into there wanting to have fun and I did,” said Ennis. He made it look so easy!
“Arnaoutis told me your son is a future champion,” said “Bozy” Ennis. He added “He took his time and was magnificent in there”. The “architect” Middendorf seemed quite pleased to see this tremendous talent from Philadelphia win his 20th straight, 18 by knockout in just 26 months. He has been the No. 1 contender in the USBA with none of the remaining contenders willing to step in the ring with him for the vacant title. So Middendorf arranged for the WBU Welterweight Title to be on the line.
In the Co-feature Chris “Sandman” Thomas, 9-0-1 (6), of Tom Rivers, NJ, blew through Darryl Bunting, 3-4-2 (1), of Asbury Park, NJ, at 1:06 of the third round of a scheduled 8 rounds for the NJ State Middleweight Title.
In the first round with plenty of screaming fans behind Thomas Bunting came forward running into a countering Thomas going for an early knockout. Thomas rocked Bunting with a right to the chin. He followed up with a combination dropping him for an 8 count from Referee Dock. Bunting was saved by the bell. In the second round Thomas landed a pair of right hands to the head of Bunting. A wild right to the chin from Thomas put Bunting against the ropes.
In the third round Thomas ended it with a flurry of punches causing Referee Dock to wave it off to the delight of Thomas’ many fans.
Former NJ Heavyweight Champion southpaw Dan Pasciolla, 9-4-3 (0), of Brick, NJ, lost a disputed 8 round split decision to Quian “Silverback” Davis, 5-0-2 (2), of Mays Landing, NJ, for the vacant NJ Heavyweight title.
In the first round Davis landed the first punch a right to the chin of Pasciolla. Shortly later Pasciolla landed a left, right combination to the head of Davis. Pasciolla landed a flurry of punch having Davis against the ropes. In the second round Pasciolla had Davis against the ropes. Seconds later Pasciolla landed a combination buckling the knees of Davis. Pasciolla was too busy for Davis putting him against the ropes just prior to the bell.
In the third round Davis landed a right uppercut to the body of Pasciolla. Pasciolla landed a flurry of punches pinning Davis against the ropes. Pasciolla walked into a Davis right uppercut. Pasciolla landed a short left to the chin of Davis at the bell. In the fourth round Davis landed a lead right on the chin of southpaw Pasciolla. Pasciolla came back with half a dozen unanswered punches to the body and head of Davis. From out of the corner Davis landed a short right to the chin of Pasciolla who countered with a combination making Davis clinch.
In the fifth round Davis went to the body of Pasciolla in the middle of the ring. A Davis lead right to the chin rocked Pasciolla. In the sixth round Pasciolla landed half a dozen unanswered punches to the head of Davis who was again against the ropes. Davis came back seconds later with a good body shot stopping Pasciolla in his tracks.
In the seventh round Davis landed a straight right to the chin of Pasciolla. Davis came back with a 3-punch combination to the body of Pasciolla. At the bell both fighters were still punching one another. In the eighth and final round with the title on the line a near exhausted Davis tries for the one shot but was completely dominated by Pasciolla. The Referee was Harvey Dock.
Judge Bennett scored 77-75 Pasciolla, Carter 78-74 and Barnes 77-75 for Davis. This writer had it 79-73 Pasciolla.
Russian Welterweight Yurik “Don’t Be Sorry Be Carefull” Mamedov, 10-1 (3), of Brooklyn, NY, won a lopsided 8 round decision over southpaw Kashon Hutchinson, 3-5 (1), of Reading, PA.
In the first round Mamedov kept the pressure on Hutchinson with a good body attack. Mamedov was warned for hitting behind the head by Referee Dock including a punch after the bell. In the second and third rounds Mamedov kept coming forward with Hutchinson countering mostly off the ropes. Mamedov kept up the pressure mainly to the body as Hutchinson returned fire but couldn’t keep Mamedov off of him with Mamedov getting a second warning for hitting behind the head by Referee Dock.
In the fourth and fifth rounds Mamedov kept up the pressure wearing down Hutchinson. Hutchinson tried boxing Mamedov but didn’t have enough power to hold him off. Mamedov drove Hutchinson across the ring with no return. Mamedov ended the fifth round with a solid right to the chin of Hutchinson.
In the sixth round Mamedov chased and caught Hutchinson driving him to the ropes throughout the round. Mamedov ended the round rocking Hutchinson who complained of a late blow to Referee Dock. In the seventh round Hutchinson lost a point for holding. Mamedov kept up the pressure as a near exhausted Hutchinson barely got through the round. In the eighth and final round Hutchinson was looking to survive as Mamedov kept out working him looking for the knockout. Hutchinson was able to last out the round.
Judge Bennett had it 79-72 while judges Carter and Barnes had it 80-71 as did this writer.
Atlantic City’s Joel De La Paz, 8-1 (4), won a close decision over Willis “The Prophet” Lockett, 16-23-5 (5), of Takoma Park, MD, over 6 rounds.
In the first round Lockett used a jab but was countered well by De La Paz to the head. At the bell De La Paz rocked Lockett with a straight right to the chin. In the second round Lockett kept a busy jab mostly to the body of De La Paz who was content to load up with a limited amount of counter punching.
In the third round Lockett put more behind his punches with a solid body attack and an occasional left hook to the head of De La Paz who throws one punch at a time sparingly. In the fourth round Lockett kept coming forward out working De La Paz who landed several left hooks by not enough to keep Lockett at bay.
In the fifth round De La Paz did more posing than throwing as Lockett kept busy to the body. De La Paz with hands to his side kept moving away from Lockett who did his best to catch up to the fleeting De La Paz. In the sixth and final round De La Paz landed a 3-punch combination to the head and body of Lockett who kept pressuring him with body work.
Judge Barnes 60-54, Bennett 58-56 and Carter 57-57 as did this writer.
In the opening bout Camden, NJ, Welterweight Vidal Rivera, 8-0 (5), kept unbeaten knocking out Jose Ramos, 11-14-1 (8), of Tijuana, MEX, at 2:37 of the second round, of a scheduled 6.
In the first round Ramos was the aggressor while Rivera dealt out a good body attack. Referee Mary Glover called a slip due to a low blow against Ramos. In the second round Rivera continued a vicious body attack whole moving around Ramos. Even off the ropes Rivera pounded Ramos with a right to the head and a left hook to the body dropping him for the count.
Philly southpaw Super Featherweight Donald “No Love” Smith, 7-0 (4), knocked out Deo Kizito, 2-1-1 (1), of Rubage, Uganda, at 1:21 of the second round.
In the first round Smith came out landing a short left to the head driving Kizito back several feet. The taller Smith dominated the round with his jab as Kizito kept trying to duck under it with little success. In the second round a right hook from Smith dropped Kizito who tried beating the count of Referee Glover but failed. Smith continued to have a vocal group of fans behind him.
Philly Heavyweight Darmani Rock, 11-0 (7), Maurice Harris, 26-21-3, of Newark, NJ,
North Philly Bad Lands Super Bantamweight Angel “Pretty Boy” Pizarro, 4-0 (3), knocked out Terrance “Trigger Man” Moore, 0-3, of Wilson, NC, at 1:38 of the first round of a scheduled 4.
In the first round Moore came charging out after Pizarro who evaded most of his rushes countering him well. What looked more like a slip Referee Mary Glover counted as a knockdown when Moore went to the canvas. Moore got up charging Pizarro again as his corner yelled “to the body” and he followed those orders with a chopping right to the head of Moore who hit the canvas for good as Referee Glover counted him out.
In attendance were former Cruiserweight Champion Al “Ice” Cole, No. 1 Super Middleweight contender Jesse “Hollywood” Hart and former contender Hector “Macho” Camacho, Jr. Ring Announcer was Mark Fratto. Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna it was announced will be back in action possibly on August 18th in Atlantic City. He is the son of the promoter Debra LaManna.
By: Ken Hissner
The best Philly prospect since 1984 Olympic Gold Medal Winner Meldrick Taylor just won his 19th fight and 17th by stoppage. Yes, that’s Jaron “Boots” Ennis out of his father’s Bozy’s Dungeon in North Philly.
Promoter Chris Middendorf informed this writer that Saturday at the Masonic Temple in Norfolk, VA, stopping his opponent Ghana’s veteran Sam Amoako, 23-17, out of Silver Spring, MD, in the first round. Amoako had been stopped twice before but never this fast inside of a round. He had gone 10 full rounds with now No. 13 WBO contender Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna in his previous fight.
It all started when “Boots” father signed him with manager Cameron Dunkin as his co-manager based on Dunkin’s relationship with former Philly boxer Anthony “the Messenger” Thompson being one of Dunkin’s former boxers.
Dunkin hooked up with his friend promoter Chris Middendorf of Victory Promotions and they teamed up for “Boots” pro debut April 30th 2016 at the Dixie Convention Center in St. George, Utah, promoted by Victory Promotions. Ennis ended the bout with a knockout in 0:42 seconds of the first round. In May in his Philly debut another first round stoppage but in only 0:23. In June in Springfield, VA, a knockout in 0:20. In July he had a stoppage at 1:34 of the 4th round in Rio Rancho, NM. In In August he scored a knockout at 2:52 of the 2nd round at the Grundy Arena, in Bristol, PA. In September back in Philly winning a 4 round decision and again in Philly’s 2300 Arena, in November same place in his first 6 with a stoppage after 4 rounds. In December a stoppage at 0:55 the 6th at Philly’s SugarHouse Casino.
In January of 2017 it was time to step it up for “Boots” with some winning record veterans to “learn the business” as well as possible. Elvin Perez, 28-16-4, was knocked out in 0:35 of the first round at the 2300 Arena. Same facility in March against veteran James Winchester, 20-12, one of the dirtiest fighters out there scoring 60-53 on all 3 score cards over 6. In May his first appearance at the Masonic Temple in Norfolk stopping Eduardo Flores, 25-26-3, at 1:57 of the fourth.
In June for “Boots” it was Wilfredo Acuna, 16-20, who was knockout in 1:23 of the first back at the 2300 Arena. Less than 3 weeks later Robert Hill, 6-32-1, lasted into the 3rd round at the Durham Arena, in NC. In August Ricardo Cano, 17-13-8, was knocked out 0:40 of the first in an 8, at the Howard Theatre in DC. In September Lionel Jimenez, 3-18-1, was knocked out at 2:43 of the first at the National Guard Armory, in Hammond, IND. In October Ayi Bruce, 23-14, was stopped at 1:37 of the first in a 6 in Springfield, VA. Rounding out 2017 it was George Sosa, 15-10-1, was knocked out at 1:09 of the second in an 8.
Opening up 2018 “Boots” stopped Gustavo Garibay, 13-9-2, at 2:14 of the 4th in a 6 back at the SugarHouse Casino. That brought him up to last Saturdays first round stoppage in an 8 at the Masonic Temple in Norfolk.
Middendorf had this to say about “Boots” defeating Amoako: He overwhelmed Sam Amoako in the first round, landing multiple combinations. He crushed him at the end of the round with a body shot. Amoako took a knee and the ref waved it off. Amoako showed no desire to continue.
As for the future “Boots” next fight will be announced this week per Middendorf and added: We knew when we signed “Boots” he knew how to fight. We knew he had a great team with him and in Philly there was talented and varied sparring (“The New” Ray Robinson also trained by “Bozy”). Our goal was to get him fighting pro and get his fights around the country and on some level stay under the radar so he could develop with as few distractions as possible. It is clear now that he is ready to step up his fights and start gaining a foothold in the rankings.
Remember he is still a few months short of his 21st birthday! (June 26th) “Boots” and his team have worked hard to get to this point, and they are ready to really move forward. It has been a great run to get these 19 wins in less than two years. Cameron Dunkin and I are excited and confident in “Boots” as he meets the challenges ahead.
“Boots” gave away some weight and took it to Amoako with body shots that were unbelievable. He dropped him and the guy didn’t want to get up,” said “Bozy” Ennis. The next fight should be in Atlantic City for a (minor) title.
By: Ken Hissner
It doesn’t happen much when a father trains a son in boxing but Philadelphia’s Derrick “Bozy” Ennis seems to have been an exception to that rule. As a boxer he went 12-1 over a six year period ending in 1984.
“I went to the gym to learn what to do with my left hand. I was a street fighter and knew what to do with my right hand. When my trainer Al Styles, Sr., passed I gave it up,” said “Bozy” Ennis. Little did he know at the time that in the future he would become the best trainer in Philadelphia!
It would be some eighteen years later when his oldest son Derek “Pooh” Ennis, 24-5-1 (13), turned professional. He would win his first nine fights before fighting to a disputed draw in the hometown of Maxwell Taylor, 12-2, in Glen Burnie, MD. He would take a 12-1-1 record into the New Alhambra in South Philly losing to Alphonso Williams, 9-2, by stoppage. That was the first show this writer covered for Boxing Tribune as a “young” writer at age 63! “I told him you are ahead but watch out for that left hook and that is what got him,” said “Bozy” Ennis.
“Pooh” would go onto win his next ten fights first capturing the PA super welterweight title defeating Troy Browning, 20-2-1, in 2008. Then win the vacant USBA title the following year in a war defeating Eromosele Albert, 22-3-1, a Nigerian fighting out of Miami, at none other than the legendary Blue Horizon in Philadelphia. Albert won his next two fights and actually fought for the IBF middleweight title against Daniel Geale losing a decision. Why it couldn’t have been “Pooh” fighting for that same title instead it wasn’t meant to be. It would be the only time he lost in Philly in some seventeen fights.
In 2010 “Pooh” would fight a classic battle with fellow Philly fighter Gabe “King” Rosado, 14-4, in his first USBA title defense. “Pooh” known for his boxing skills came to fight while Rosado known for his power came to box. The mixture turned out to be one great fight before a packed house at the South Philly Arena (previously the New Alhambra). He would go onto win only two of his next five fights before retiring in 2014. Those three losses were to Cuban southpaw Giorbis Barthelemy 24-8-2, a disputed loss to PR’s 2008 Olympian Jonathan Gonzalez 15-0-1 (retired at 18-0-1) and Caleb Truax 23-1-2, ending his career in 2014.
The second son to box professional was Farah Ennis, 22-2 (12), fighting from 2006 to 2015. He won his first seventeen fights and in 2010 won the vacant NABF super middleweight title stopping Victor Lares, 15-4, and putting him into retirement. In his very next fight he lost for the first time to Alexander “The Great” Johnson, 10-0. “He killed himself making weight,” said “Bozy” Ennis. He would go onto win his next four fights including a win over Anthony “The Tyger” Hanshaw, 23-2-2.
Just over a month after the Hanshaw fight Farah lost a decision to future WBC Super middleweight champion Badou Jack, 14-0, in Las Vegas. “He had too many distractions in that fight,” said “Bozy” Ennis. Farah would be inactive for almost two years before returning to the ring winning which has been his last fight and in Philly though several return to the rings have been rumored. He was 7-0 in Philly rings. He was in camp with Gennady “GGG” Golovkin when he was preparing to fight Philly’s Gabe “King” Rosado. “He has been trying to get his weight down before returning to the ring,” said “Bozy” Ennis.
Both “Pooh” and Farah were co-managed by partners Moz Gonzales and Eddie Woods.
This writer has been in three facilities named “Bozy’s Dungeon” where “Bozy” trains his youngest son now who is the best prospect this writer has seen since Meldrick Taylor then the 1984 Olympic Gold Medalist. Jaron “Boots” Ennis is 15-0 (13) since turning professional in April of 2016
“Boots” is co- managed by his father and Cameron Dunkin while being promoted by Chris Middendorf’s Victory Promotions. The latter also did matchmaking for his two brothers. The youngest Ennis seems to have all the tools his two brothers have shown and then some. He can box orthodox or southpaw and gets in plenty of sparring with southpaw welterweight contender “The New” Ray Robinson whom is also trained by “Bozy” Ennis.
I had the pleasure recently to sit down with “Bozy” in talking about his “Three Son’s!”
KEN HISSNER: I gather you have trained all three of your son’s the same way. Is that right?
BOZY ENNIS: I trained them all to be smart boxers. I want them to work as hard as I do. I even get into the ring to spar with them.
KEN HISSNER: Let’s start with your oldest son “Pooh”. How would you evaluate his career and how workable was he to train?
BOZY ENNIS: He was good and worked hard but when he got older he felt he could cut back on making the weight but couldn’t without weakening himself.
KEN HISSNER: Your middle son Farah has been rumored to come back since his last fight in 2015. Please talk about that and his career.
BOZY ENNIS: He’s back in the gym trying to get his weight back down in order for that to happen.
KEN HISSNER: Now you have possibly one of the youngest talents in the country in your son “Boots”. He has had quite a few fights (15 in 18 months) in a short period of time. How would you compare his young career to his two brothers and what does the future have in store for him in your humble opinion?
BOZY ENNIS: He is always in the gym, even days after a fight.
KEN HISSNER: I know you have worked with such boxers as Anthony “The Messenger” Thompson, Coy Evans, Milton Santiago, Jr., the Pizzaro brothers and currently with “The New” Ray Robinson. Is there anyone else?
BOZY ENNIS: Buddy Osborn has brought me Manny “Major Pain” Folly (At 10-0 a Super bantamweight).
KEN HISSNER: You obviously stay in great shape so is this something you insist all of your boxers work hard to do the same?
BOZY ENNIS: I work hard to stay in shape and get into the ring and show them how to box.
KEN HISSNER: What is “Boots” next fight?
BOZY ENNIS: October 14th in Springfield, VA, against an opponent 25-12.
KEN HISSNER: You recently in “Boots” last bout were scheduled to fight in western PA but several days before fight time were re-scheduled for a bout in Indiana. How difficult was that to adjust to on such short notice?
BOZY ENNIS: It was the problem with the matchmaker in PA so Chris (Middendorf) was able to get us one in Indiana the same day.
KEN HISSNER: “Boots” has fought seven of his fifteen fights so far in Philly. Is that an advantage fighting at home for you?
BOZY ENNIS: No, I would rather them fight away where there are fewer distractions.
KEN HISSNER: I know you have told me “Boots” deservingly split in a pair of amateur bouts with Gary Antuanne Russell but in the Olympic Trials you felt he should have gotten the decision in their third meeting.
BOZY ENNIS: He had him down and should have gotten the decision.
KEN HISSNER: You have always been available to talk to me and I appreciate it immensely. I feel you are the best trainer in Philly and after having two sons with successful pro careers now have a third son who has all the potential in the world to becoming a world champion. How much input do you have in being suggested or asked for the opponents for “Boots”?
BOZY ENNIS: I leave that up to Cameron (Dunkin) and Chris (Middendorf)
KEN HISSNER: I want to thank you for taking the time from your busy scheduled to answer these questions and wish you all the success in the future.
BOZY ENNIS: Thanks for what you do.
By: Ken Hissner
It was a three hour trip to DC just to see Jaron “Boots” Ennis, 14-0 (12) get his fourteenth win against Ricardo Cano, 17-14-5 (10), of Mexico City who once went the ten round distance with Saul Canelo Alvarez! The show was promoted by Nations Fight Night’s Tatiana Moton Promotions. Matchmaker Chris Middendorf did a fantastic job considering all the talent in the red corner in a small venue at Howard Theatre meaning a small budget.
The Philadelphia hot prospect in the welterweight division didn’t disappoint his fans after sitting in a basement dressing room while the “band played on” and there were six fights prior to your co-feature bout. “I don’t look for a knockout but when he comes it comes,” said Ennis. He dropped a right hand on the chin of Cano followed by a left to the body and another pair of rights and down went Cano for the count. It was all of 0:40 including the ten seconds referee Sharon Sands counted Cano out. That’s fourteen fights in fourteen months for what this writer calls the “best prospect out of Philadelphia since 1984 when Meldrick Taylor won a Olympic Gold Medal” and went on to become a world champion. He is trained by his father “Bozy” Ennis. Middendorf is responsible or had a hand in all of those 14 bouts.
In the main event welterweight southpaw Patrick Harris, 12-0 (8), of Hyattsville, MD, had one durable and pesky opponent in Jesus Lule-Reya, 11-23-1, out of Ft. Myers, FL, who never stopped coming forward and never stopped throwing punches. Referee Brent Bovell was watching the many punches Lule-Reya was taking but with him firing back he let the six round bout continued until the end. All three officials and this writer had it 60-54 for the winner Harris. Harris is a very good prospect.
Returning “home” after one year from suffering his first defeat welterweight Kareem “Reemo” Martin, 9-1-1 (3), of DC, was like a windmill in breaking down the durable Evincii Dixon, 7-19-2 (1), formerly of Lancaster, PA, but now out of Philadelphia, over six rounds winning all six of them per the officials and this writer.
There two women’s bouts with lightweight Tiara Brown, 3-0 (2), of Bladensburg, MD, after a feeling out first round tore into Tammy Franks, 2-29-1 (0), now out of San Antonio, TX, stopping Franks at 0:49 of the second round.
Super middleweight Franchon Crews Dezurn, 2-1 (1), of Baltimore, MD, had a tough opponent before her in Sydney LeBlanc, 4-3-1 (0), of New Orleans, La, but managed to win all four rounds. Her only loss was to 2-time Olympic Gold Medalist Claressa Shields.
Hot prospect and former amateur champion welterweight Brandun Lee, 5-0 (4), of Coachella, CA, who at 18 shows worlds of potential as he took apart game Roy Garcia, 4-25-1 (3), of Alice, TX, at 1:23 of the second round as referee Sands had seen enough. Lee recently played Bruce Lee in a film.
Junior welterweight southpaw Tyrek Irby, 4-0 (1), of DC, demolished late sub Anthony Alston, 0-2 (0), of Raleigh, NC, 0:58 of the first round. Opening the show was prospect Shynggyskhan Tazhibay, 5-0) (3), now out of DC, who was a fan’s favorite won all four rounds over southpaw Robert “Hitman” Hill, 7-34-1 (1), of Gulfport, MS, taking all four rounds. Judges were Brent Bovell, Wayne Smith, Eric Irizarry and Tammyi Jenkins with Dave Braslow being the referee for both bouts. Well known Ring Announcer was Discombobulating.
By: Ken Hissner
This writer has proclaimed Philly’s Jaron “Boots” Ennis as the best looking prospect in Philly since 1984 Olympic Gold Medalist Meldrick Taylor. His next fight is scheduled for August 12th at the Howard Theatre in Washington, D.C. which will be his first 8 rounder. Promotion is Nations Fight Night with Chris Middendorf doing the matchmaking. He also has promoted several of Ennis’ bouts under the name Victory Promotions. Ennis will face Mexican Ricardo Cano, 17-3-2. The show will benefit the Midtown Youth Academy and honoring Lamont & Anthony Peterson.
Ennis was the National Golden Gloves Champion in 2015. At the 2016 Olympic Trials he defeated Gary Antuanne Russell but in the box-offs lost to him twice.
“Boots beat Russell then lost to him with both fair decisions. Then in their third bout Boots got robbed,” said Bozy Ennis.
Ennis has a 13-0 (11) record in 15 months of activity with his last bout “a keep busy fight” at the Durham Armory in Durham, NC, defeating Robert Hill, 6-32-1 who couldn’t come out after three rounds.
His last bout in his hometown was June 2nd at the 2300 Arena in South Philly stopping Wilfredo Acuna, 16-20 (12), of Managua, NIC, at 2:53 of the first round in a scheduled 6.
Ennis in his previous 3 fights prior to his last fight has fought very experienced opponents in Elvin Perez, 28-16-4 KO1, James Winchester, 20-12, W6, Eduardo Flores, 25-26-3 WTKO4 and Acuna 16-20.
Ennis comes from a fighting family with brother Derek “Pooh” Ennis, 24-5-1 having won the USBA Super Welterweight title.
“He is going great and getting moved right. He is a boxer puncher,” said Pooh. “Boots” other brother Farah was 22-2 and won the NABF super middleweight title.
“Boots is definitely a champ in the making! I told his father “Bozy” that when he was still just a young kid. He has great foot work, hand speed and power along with a real disciplined work ethic. His dad is bringing him along the write way! One of the best talents in Philly along with Christian Carto (10-0 10 ko’s),” said Joey Eye (one of the top cut men in the business).
“Jaron Ennis is by far the most talented fighter in the welterweight division. He is a rare combination of speed, power, skills and boxing acumen. Again Cameron Dunkin has signed one of the best fighters in boxing. It is axiomatic that Ennis wins a world title by the end of 2019,” said George Hanson (writer and former amateur boxer).
“Boots” works out regularly with one of the top welterweights in the world in southpaw the “New” Ray Robinson, 23-2, who is also trained by “Bozy” Ennis in Bozy’s Dungeon in North Philly. “Boots is like my little brother. He surprises me with his work ethic because he is so young. He has a ton of talent and will be world champ,” said Robinson.
“It’s exciting watching Jaron Ennis fight, even at this early stage, because when you see him in action, you get the sense that he can truly be one of the great ones,” said John DiSanto (Philly Boxing History and Fight News).
“Boots” is one of the most relaxed boxers one would want to see. He fights both orthodox and southpaw and doesn’t miss a beat. It seems like he is very much “at home in the ring!” His trainer/father is one of the best if not the best trainer in Philly.
This writer was able to sit down and ask “Boots” and his father/trainer “Bozy” some questions.
KEN HISSNER: You had a very good amateur background. Was your decision to turn pro and easy one at the time you did?
BOOTS ENNIS: It was a very easy decision to make.
KEN HISSNER: You followed you’re two brothers “Pooh” and Farrah into the pro ranks. Have they had an influence on your fighting as a professional?
BOOTS ENNIS: They had a big influence in my boxing career and my life. They told me what to do and not what to do.
KEN HISSNER: Have you found it much different in training “Boots” compared to training his two brothers?
BOZY ENNIS: Not at all.
KEN HISSNER: Just a little over 15 months as a professional and it seems you are already having a problem keeping the original opponent named. Does it get frustrating when the opponent’s change when you are close to fight time?
BOOTS ENNIS: Sometimes but I’m always in the gym so it usually doesn’t bother me.
KEN HISSNER: “Boots” has fought 7 of his 13 fights in Philly plus 1 in Bristol which is nearby. Do you find it easier training at your gym right up until fight time rather than leaving earlier fighting in places he has like Utah, Virginia, New Mexico, and North Carolina?
BOZY ENNIS: Yes, it’s much easier and better.
KEN HISSNER: You have fought seven 6 round bouts and six 4 round bouts. Your next fight will be your first at 8 rounds. In spite of having 13 bouts only 2 have gone the distance. One 4 rounds and the other 6 rounds. One of your stoppages was in the 6th round. Are you eager to get up to an 8 round bout at this time?
BOOTS ENNIS: I can’t wait. It will give me more time to break my opponent down.
KEN HISSNER: Has the manager Cameron Dunkin been at many of your son’s fights being he is out of Nevada?
BOZY ENNIS: A couple of fights out west.
KEN HISSNER: Since you fight both orthodox and southpaw does sparring with southpaw “The New” Ray Robinson who you’re dad also trains help you boxing southpaw?
BOOTS ENNIS: Yes, Ray has been a big help being southpaw, but I fight my opponent the same either way.
KEN HISSNER: Who usually works the corner with you?
BOZY ENNIS: Shaun Lewis and Lawrence Smalls.
KEN HISSNER: I want to thank both of you for always being available. It’s always a pleasure coming down to “Bozy’s Dungeon.
BOOTS & BOZY ENNIS: No, thank you. You have always been there for us and a real straight shooter.
“Hammering” Hank Lundy & Jaron “Boots” Ennis in Philly Friday!
By: Ken Hissner
Lightweight “Hammering” Hank Lundy, 27-6-1 (13), returns to Philadelphia for the first time since 2009. Also on the card is Philly’s welterweight Jaron “Boots” Ennis, 11-0 (9), the best looking prospect in Philadelphia since 1984 Olympian Meldrick Taylor. Peltz Boxing, BAM Boxing and now Raging Babe continue to bring the fans competitive bouts.
Peltz is an IBHOF promoter and matchmaker. Brittany Rogers is one of the youngest promoter-matchmakers in the country and though in her 20’s knows her boxing especially learning from Peltz who goes back to 1969 when he promoted his first show.
There was a press conference Wednesday night at the Xfinity Center in South Philadelphia. There are eleven bouts scheduled but by fight night Friday several will probably be cut out. Boxing Director Greg Sirb gets quite upset when there are more than seven bouts. Raging Babe speaks Spanish and was able to speak to the main event opponent of Lundy in Danny Evangelista, Jr., 20-7-2 (16), from Mexico City in a scheduled 8 round bout.
Lundy is quite outspoken and though failed in a title fight with unbeaten Terrance Crawford at 140 proclaims he will be the 135 champ. He has lost 3 of his last 5 fights and was backed by his promoter from CES Promotions out of Rhode Island telling all in attendance about Lundy fighting Crawford with an injury.
When boxers return to their home base Peltz said in so many words they are at the end of their career. Lundy is 33 and in his eleventh year of boxing. He has returned to his trainer “Cornbread” Ramey who is one of the most respected trainers in Philadelphia.
On the other hand Ennis is trained by his father “Bozy” Ennis who may be the best or one of the best trainers in the city and runs “Bozy’s Dungeon” in the Kensington section of Philadelphia. His son has won all 11 fights in but his fourteenth month since turning professional in April of 2016 under manager Cameron Dunkin. Dunkin chose Chris Middendorf’s Victory Promotions instead of Top Rank who are one and have been one of the best promotional groups in the country for years. Middendorf promoted a pair of shows in Philadelphia and hopefully won’t be returning after the mismatches he put on. Ennis has fought 6 of his 11 fights in Philadelphia and another in close by Bristol, PA. His bout is against Wilfredo “EllZurdo” Acuna, 16-20 (12), of Mauagua, NIC, scheduled for 6 rounds.
Also on hand were super welterweight Mark Daniels, Jr., 3-0 (1), a Native American from Crandon, WI, who as Peltz said was “not hesitant to come to Philadelphia to fight a Philadelphian in Isaiah Wise, 4-1 (3), who is a tough opponent and that’s the way Peltz does his matchmaking putting on competitive fights. This is for 6 rounds.
Well known trainer Don Turner now having a camp in Arapahoe, NC, is from the Philadelphia and brings in a pair of boxers to debut here knowing this area will develop out of town boxers as it did in “Marvelous” Marvin Hagler and Eddie Mustapha Muhammad. He has brought with him super welterweight Ishmael Altman who will face Philadelphia’s Tyree Crowder also in his debut. The other from NC is southpaw Heriberto Polanco who will fight Brooklyn’s Omar Kabary Salem, both in their debuts.
In a welterweight bout two out of state boxers face each other in a 6 round bout in Juan Reyna, 6-6-1 (2), of Brownsville, TX, against Alvin “Iron Majik” Varmall, Jr., 10-0-1 (8), of Catskill, NY. Philadelphia’s prospect Scott Kelleher, 5-0 (3), is returning to action after 13 months and will meet Dion Richardson, 1-1 (1), of Newark, NJ. Another prospect from Philadelphia is Crystian Peguero, 1-0 (1), who made his debut in March. He will meet Saquan Felton, 0-1, from Rochester, NY. Peltz said “I’m bringing a match between lightweight Marko Bailey, 4-0 (3), of Durham, NC, and Vinnie Denierio, 1-1 (10) of Geneva, NY, who I was told was a barnburner in their recent meeting.
Peltz doesn’t always care if the boxers are from the city if he knows they will give the fans something to cheer about.
Philadelphia’s super lightweight Nahir Albright, 1-1 (0), will meet debuting Sultan Zamir Uulu, of KYR now living in Philadelphia. Finally Philadelphia’s welterweight Marcel Rivers, 1-0 (1), meets Jamaal Gregory, 1-0 (1), of Charlotte, NC.
First bout is at 7:30PM and you know a Peltz show always starts on time. It is at the 2300 Arena at 2300 S. Swanson St. at the Front and Oregon area. Peltz said the event is already sold out.
Jaron “Boots” Ennis Wins Eleventh Straight in Thirteen Months!
By: Ken Hissner
Philadelphia’s best prospect since Meldrick Taylor who was the 1984 Olympic Gold Medalist, Jaron “Boots” Ennis, 11-0 (9), won his 11th fight in 13 months of boxing. He comes from a fighting family with brothers Farah who was 22-2 and held the NABF super middleweight title and Derek “Pooh” Ennis, 24-5-1, who held the USBA super welterweight title.
“Boots” father Derrick “Bozy” Ennis was 4-1 over six years. He decided to become a trainer for his own sons and other boxers like Anthony “The Messenger” Thompson, 24-3. He works with Angel Pizarro, Sr. for the younger of his two sons 17 year-old Branden “The Gift” Pizarro 5-0 in 7 months. The youngest Ennis is 19 and was a great amateur being the 2016 Olympic alternate splitting with Gary Russell’s brother before losing a controversial box off fight in their third bout to make the team.
“Boots” decided to turn professional in April of 2016 in of all places St. George, Utah. In May he made his Philadelphia debut. In June he was in Springfield, VA. That was three fights all ending in the first round! In July he was in Rio Rancho, New Mexico scoring a stoppage in the fourth and final round. In August he was in Bristol, PA, just outside of Philadelphia scoring a second round knockout. In September he was back in Philadelphia winning his first decision which was over four rounds. He would return in November in South Philadelphia in his first six round bout stopping Chris Alexander, 4-2 in the 4th round. In December another fight in Philadelphia stopping a stubborn Marcus Beckford, 3-4-3, who was determined to go the full 6 rounds but was stopped in the 6th and final round.
“Boots’ would open 2017 in January knocking out veteran Elvin Perez, 26-16-4 in 0:35 of the 1st round back in Philadelphia. In March he was up against one rough and dirty veteran in James Winchester, 20-12, who managed to go the full 6 rounds. Earlier in the bout a frustrated Winchester body slammed “Boots” and punched him in the face while he was on his back. The referee not only didn’t DQ him but never took away a point. Winchester would have been fortunate if he was DQ’d. “Boots” got up and put on a body attack that would make Mike “The Body Snatcher” McCallum proud. “Boots” also cut his opponent winning every round.
In “Boots” last fight on May 13th he would travel back to Virginia, Norfolk this time taking on another tough veteran in Eduardo Flores, 25-26-3. In checking the record of the opponents Flores was in with and their records it’s like a who’s who! He went the distance twice with David Zegarra when he was 10-0 and 24-0 over 10 rounds. He went the 10 round distance with former WBC champion Carlos Baldimor, 46-13-6. Then there was Ebenezer Lamptey, 14-0, over 12 rounds.
Kamat Islam 11-0, losing a 9 round decision. Franklin Mamani, 10-1-1, over 12 rounds. Diego Chaves, 18-0, being stopped in 9 rounds. Erick Bone, 9-0, in another 9 round decision. Australian Wale Omotoso, 23-1, in the 8th round.
Contender Brad Solomon, 23-0, over 8 rounds. Khiary Gray, 11-0, over 10 rounds. Sammy Valentin, 11-0, over 6 rounds. Skender Halil, 13-1 over 6 rounds. Former IBF welter champion Kermit Cintron, 35-5-2, over 6 rounds. Achour Esbo, 13-0, over 6 rounds. Anthony “Juice” Young, 12-2, 6 rounds. Junior Castillo, 8-0, stopped in 5th round.
Thomas “Cornflake” Lamanna, 21-2, 8 rounds. So “Boots” stops Flores, in 4 rounds which was quite an accomplishment!
Going the distance or more than four rounds Flores was to be one tough opponent. Speaking of Lamanna, he is promoting and fighting on his June 10th bout at the Claridge Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, and has “Boots” scheduled for 6 rounds. “In the first round he boxed Flores who tried roughing him up.
“Boots” in the second round put on a body attack. In the third Flores stepped on his foot and hit him. “Boots” went up to his highest weight of 149 to Flores 151. He fought at 143 in the amateurs and is 5’10”. In the fourth round he had Flores out on his feet before the fight was stopped. “Boots” only got hit three times,” said “Bozy”.
“Cameron Dunkin is one of the best managers around or the best. He knows how to maneuver his fighters around. A lot of people wanted to sign “Boots” but I dealt with Cameron when I had Anthony Thompson so it was an easy pick,” said “Bozy”.
“Boots” will fight half the fight or more as a southpaw before switching back to his natural orthodox. He goes side to side like the old timers. He looks so relaxed in the ring it’s like a sparring session in “Bozy’s Dungeon” in North Philadelphia over top of the Harrowgate Gym. This young man is a church going member and he doesn’t play around in or out of the ring! Its Philadelphia boxers like him who will put the City of Brotherly Love, or Brotherly shove like I like to call it back on the fistic map in the next couple of years! Remember the name Jaron “Boots” Ennis!
Philly’s Fab Four Turned Professional in 2016 and Are 31-0-1!
By: Ken Hissner
The year was 2016 that five Philly boxers were to go to the Olympic in Brazil! The best looking prospect to come out of Philly since 1984 Olympic Gold Medalist Meldrick Taylor in this writer’s opinion is Jaron “Boots” Ennis, 10-0 (8), from the Germantown section of Philly at 19. He was 58-3 in the amateurs. His father Bozy Ennis is his trainer and possibly the best in the city. Cameron Dunkin is his manager and Victory Promotions his promoter. He could have signed with Top Rank but Dunkin chose Victory Promotions promoted by Chris Middendorf. Top Rank Promotions were not thrilled with Dunkin’s decision who he usually works with.
Ennis defeated Gary Antuanne Russell in his first fight in the Olympic Trials and followed it with two more wins. Then in the box-off he lost back to back matches to Russell who was one of four men to go to the Olympics in Brazil. Bozy Ennis was not happy with the two losses but said “we beat him but they stole it. I’d give Russell the third time.”
Ennis made his professional debut in April in St. George Utah and stopped Cory Muldrew in 0:42 of the first round. He defeated Luis Ramos in 0:23 in Philly in May for his second win. In June he stopped Deshawn Debose in 0:20 of the first round in Springfield, VA, for his third win. Then in July for his third win he stopped Tavorus Teague at 1:38 of the fourth round in Rio Rancho, NM, for his fourth win.
In August in his fifth win he stopped Matt Murphy at 2:52 of the second round in Bristol, PA, for his fifth win. “Murphy had just stopped a 3-0 boxer in his previous fight,” said Ennis. He won his sixth fight when he defeated Eddie Diaz at 2300 Arena in Philly on September 15th. Diaz was from Compton, CA, one of the toughest areas in the country. Ennis is 5:10 and after competing at 141 in the amateurs he’s now a welterweight but just a couple of pounds over 141.”He’s doing pretty good defeating all the opponents he’s fought so far. Even I don’t always realize when he switches from orthodox to southpaw. After seeing him in the Diaz fight I am moving he up to 147 and no more 143 fights,” said Ennis.
“Boots” won his seventh fight on November 11th at the 2300 Arena where he stopped Chris Alexander, 4-3, in 4 rounds. Then he won his eighth fight on December 10th at the Sands Casino in Bethlehem, PA, stopping Marcus Becker, 3-4-3, in the sixth and final round. “I will be back in the ring January 28th at the 2300 Arena that my promoter Chris Middendorf of Victory Promotions is running. On January 28th “Boots’ knocked out Elvin Perez, 28-17-4, at 0:35 of the first round at the 2300 Arena. On March 31st at the 2300 Arena, Ennis won his tenth straight in a rough and tumble bout that saw him body slammed to the canvas and punched while on the mat. His opponent James “Shotgun” Winchester, 20-12, paid the price taking a vicious body attack and a cut over his right eye. He was looking to be DQ’d to prevent more of a beating but was able to stay on his feet for the entire six rounds losing 60-53 on all judge’s score cards.
“Boots” two brothers have been pro’s first. Farah “Quiet Storm”, 22-2 (12), won the NABF Super Middleweight while the oldest brother Derek “Pooh” Ennis, 24-5-1 (13), won the USBA Super welterweight and the PA Super welterweight titles. “Boots” has a combination of both brothers and then some of his own. He is orthodox but fights some of his bouts southpaw. He trains at “Bozy’s Dungeon” in North Philly run by his father over top of Harrowgate’s Boxing Club on E. Venago Street off Kensington Avenue.
In 2015 “Boots” won the National Youth title in January. In May he won the National Golden Gloves title. He took lost in the Olympic Trials in December and was asked to be an alternate but his father turned it down to turn professional. At the Olympic Trial Qualifiers in Philly he won all five bouts.
Joshua Jones, 4-0-1 (2), signed with Dunkin and Victory Promotions along with Ennis. He trains at Shuler’s Gym and is trained by Hamza Muhammad. Jones is 23 and a Super lightweight. He made his debut in April in Utah along with “Boots” stopping Jason Thompson at 2:33 of the third round.
In June of 2016 both Jones and Ennis were on the Springfield, VA, show where Jones stopped Christopher Kuhn at 1:52 of the first round. In July he fought to a majority draw with Ahmet Kayretli in Erie, PA, getting a 39-37 vote with the other two having it 38-38. “He could have done better but he certainly deserved the fight. The opponent came in at 139 and was 150 at fight time. Jones has a fight scheduled for November 11th in Philadelphia at 2300 Arena meeting Corey Edwards, 2-1.
“I believe Boots, Tight and Christian are great and I believe we will all do big things in boxing,” said Jones. He returned to the ring after four months on March 31st taking a decision over Dustin Arnold, 1-0, by scores of 40-36 twice and 39-37, at the 2300 Arena in South Philly.
Darmani “Tight” Rock, 8-0 (5), is a super heavyweight at 6:05 and averaging just under 250. He is trained by his father Wayne “Wiz”. They go between their own Rock Solid Boxing Gym at 2840 Chatman Street in Frankford section of North Philly. His promoter is Jay Z’s Roc Nation. In 2014 he won the Youth World Title in Bulgaria and in 2015 the US Nationals. He also won the 2015 National Golden Gloves. He made it as far as the Olympic Trials semi-finals.
In May Rock turned pro in D.C. stopping Carlos Black at 1:54 in round one in D.C. In June he stopped Bobby Favors who weighed 402 lbs. at 1:46 of round one in Quincy, MASS. In July he stopped Hassan Lee at 2:21 in round one in Pittsburgh. In August he won over Mike Kyle in Oakland 40-35 and a pair of 39-37’s. He is 20. In October he stopped John Orr in Winchester, VA. On November 19th in Las Vegas, NV, he defeated Brice Ritani Coe, 4-4-1, by decision, November 19th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Rock knocked out Solomon Maye, 3-7-2, January 20th at Bally’s Event Center in Atlantic City, NJ. “My dad has trained me since I started at 12 or 13. I feel that I will get better and better with each fight,” said Rock. On March 18th he won a 6 round decision over Jon Bolden, 8-10-1, at the Mountaineer Casino Ballroom, in New Cumberland, WV. At the 2300 Arena show he had his right hand bandaged which he said the injury went back to the Maye knockout.
The final one of the Fab Four is Bantamweight Christian Carto, 9-0 (9), of South Philly was an Olympic Trials Bronze medalist and went to the training camp in Colorado to help others after the trials. He is trained by Mickey Rosati, Jr. Mickey was a PA State GG champion. His gym is over his Business Rosati’s Auto Repair Shop at 1937 S. Chadwick St., in South Philly. “He is a rare breed who comes in the gym six days a week. I’ve trained him for the past 3 years. He’s a pleasure to train because he listens. He’s up to bantamweight,” said Rosati.
Carto was the 108 National Golden Gloves Champion in 2014 defeating Leroy “Lucious” Davila who was No. 1 in the nation and 4-0 now as a pro. “I was with him when he beat Davila who was the best in the country,” said Rosati. Carto finished third in the 2015 Golden Gloves. His father Frank is always there to support his son who is 20. His brother Frank, Jr. won the Novice at 141 in the Golden Gloves this year.
Carto turned pro at the Santander Arena in Reading, PA, stopping Rahkeem Parker who wouldn’t come out after three rounds. In his second bout he stopped Christopher Nelson at the Claridge Casino in Atlantic City in the third round just 20 days later after his debut. In August in his third bout he stopped Jonathan Hernandez at 1:02 of the second round at the SugarHouse Casino in Philly. In his fourth bout on October 28th Carto stopped Angel Carvajal, 2-4, in the second round.
In his fifth fight on November 12th he stopped Leonardo Reyes, 5-10, in the second round. Carto has a big following which showed in his last fight with all the Carto shirts. He boxes well with good balance and is finding some punching power in the professionals. He won his sixth straight at the SugarHouse Casino in Philly on December 16th. He knocked out Harold Reyes, 2-6-1, in the second round. During the referee’s instructions to start the bout Reye’s trainer said “now you are in with a man.” Carto’s trainer Mickey Rosati said “I can’t believe he said that. That’s just not right.” After the first round of which Carto won big he pointed to the trainer of Reye’s in the corner saying something. After knocking Reye’s out in the second round Carto again pointed to the trainer with some choice words. In his seventh fight he stopped Sergio Najera, 12-28-2, of Mexico, at 2:06 of the third round at the SugarHouse Casino. In his eighth fight he stopped Rudolph “the Cutting Edge” Hedge, 10-4-3, of Jamaica after four rounds and not coming out for fifth round at the Fillmore, in Philly.
Carto on April 29th at the Liacouras Center won his 9th straight by stoppage over Samuel Gutierrez, 14-18-5 at the end of 5 in a scheduled 6.
Jaron “Boots” Ennis Wins Tenth Straight in Eleven Months Friday in Philly!
By: Ken Hissner
Welterweight Jaron “Boots” Ennis, 10-0 (8), the hottest prospect out of Philadelphia since the 1984 Olympic Gold Medalist Meldrick Taylor in the main event at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia Friday, defeated James “Shotgun” Winchester, 20-13 (8), Reidsveille, NC, over six rounds on all cards 60-53 by judges Rose Vargas, James Kinney and Bernard Bruni as did this writer on the Victory Boxing Promotions show.
In the first round Ennis dominated with a body attack over the veteran Winchester through half the third round. Frustrated Winchester picked Ennis up and body slammed him and punched him before referee Shawn Clark pulled him off. This was the start of Winchester’s dirty tactics the remainder of the fight trying to get DQ’d to prevent further punishment Ennis was dishing out. In the fifth Ennis cut Winchester over the right eye. The entire last three rounds referee Clark continuously pulled Winchester off of Ennis especially when he would get him on the ropes.
Ennis went from southpaw to orthodox and it was like the bull against the matador as Ennis gave Winchester a vicious body beating but somehow stayed on his feet. In the sixth and final round Ennis pummeled Winchester with head shots having him beat to a pulp but got tied up immediately whenever Winchester was close enough to grab him. The referee could have stopped the fight at any time from the third round on but to the delight of the fans Ennis gave him a beating. “I want to thank all my fans for coming out tonight and my corner (his father and trainer Bozy),” said Ennis.
In the co-feature super bantamweight Manny “Major Pain” Folly, 10-0 (8), of Philly, continued his unbeaten streak stopping veteran Luis “Barcello” Hinijosa, 30-11 (17), of Santo Domingo, DR, after scoring a pair of knockdowns at 2:10 of the second round.
Referee Eric Dali counted him out on one knee. Folly is a Philly policeman with trainer Buddy Osborn in the corner. Folly is a top prospect who trains out of Osborn’s Rock Ministry Gym in the Kensington section of Philly.
“I worked hard in the gym and thank my opponent for taking the fight on short notice and the fight itself was easy,” said Folly.
Super middleweight Darren “Venom” Goodall, 5-0 (4), of New Milford, NJ, scored a technical stoppage at 1:51 of the second round over Juan Zapata, 4-11-2 (2), of the Bronx, NY.
Goodall scored knockdowns in the first and second rounds with combinations to the head of Zapata on both knockdowns. He brought plenty of fans from NJ who cheered him on. Goodall was very impressive in this win. “I went in the box him but when the openings came I put the punches together dropping him,” said Goodall. Top Cut-man Joey Eye was in his corner. It was the ninth time in Zapata’s eleven losses he was stopped.
17 year-old welterweight Brandun Lee, 2-0 (2), of Pasadena, CA, defeated overmatched Seth Basler, 0-1 (0), out of Marion, IL, at 2:12 of the first round. Basler was on the defense the entire round getting dropped once before referee Dali wisely stopped the onslaught.
When both fighters were announced with one a National Amateur champion and the other a debuting MMA fighter it was obvious what the outcome was going to be before the first bell sounded.
In the opening bout Joshua, “Hands of Stone” Jones, 4-0-1 (3), out of Philly, had an easy night defeating the muscular Dustin Arnold, 1-1 (0), of Coral Springs, FL, by scores of judges Vargas and Kinney of 40-36 as did this writer and 39-37 by judge Bruni.
Jones used angles on Arnold who occasionally landed an overhand right to the head of Jones. Otherwise he was completely outclassed. “It felt good getting back into the ring (3 postponed fights) and winning before my fans tonight,” said Jones.
The half-filled arena fans were very disappointed expecting at least an eight bout card that by fight time was reduced to five bouts by the promoter/matchmaker Chris Middendorf. Box Rec had twelve bouts scheduled during the week with only the top two bouts opponents listed. When people like this writer sat in $75 ringside seats (barred from press row) that’s $15 per fight. The fans deserve more than this.
Philly’s Keenan Smith, Elijah Vines and Angel Pizarro were scheduled up until the week of the fight only to find out at the Thursday weigh-in none of their opponents showed and had to return sold tickets. This is back to back lopsided fights by Victory Boxing Promotions with their shows especially lacking the Spanish boxers that Philly fans fill the arenas. How the Boxing Director continues to allow these mismatches is a mystery. Middendorf is a veteran boxing man who previously worked for TKO Boxing and Mike Tyson’s promotion with both ending up out of the business.
Discombobulating Jones was the ring announcer doing his usual fine job.
Jaron “Boots” Ennis and Manny Folly Win Saturday in Philly!
By: Ken Hissner
Headlining Saturday at the 2300 Arena in South Philly in a Victory Boxing Promotions with CEO Chris Middendorf put on a “knockout of a show” with all seven fights failing to go the distance. The best prospect this writer has seen out of Philly since 1984 Gold Medalist Meldrick Taylor is Jaron “Boots” Ennis, 9-0 (8), will be in his ninth win in nine months in the main event! Show theme was “Super Braw”.
In the main event Jaron “Boots” Ennis, 9-0 (8), of Philadelphia, scored a sensational knockout in 0:35 of the first round over Elvin Perez, 28-17-4, from NIC, fighting out of Hamacao, PR, in a scheduled six.
In the opening round Perez came at Ennis who landed a left to the body followed by a right to the chin and finished Perez off with a left hook to the mid-section. Perez took the count on a knee from referee Shawn Clark. “Bozy” Ennis father of Jaron worked the corner.
In the co-feature Philadelphia Policeman super bantamweight Manny “Major Pain” Folly, 9-0 (7), scored a sensational knockout in the first round over Carlos “Gallito” Morgan, 12-5 (6), Ensenada, MEX, at 2:28 of the round. Referee Eric Dali didn’t even have to count. Trainer “Buddy” Osborn of Rock Ministry worked the corner for Folly.
Welterweight Hungarian knockout artist Zolt “Phenom” Daranyi, Jr., 10-0 (10) out of Toronto, CAN., scored a knockout over Lenwood “Mr. Composure” Dozier, 10-16-2 (5), of Suitland, MD, at 2:11 of the second round.
In the opening round it was all Daranyi with Dozier mostly covering up. In the second round Daranyi landed a right hand to the chin of Dozier’s who made no effort to get up as referee Dali counted him out. “Bozy” Ennis worked the corner for Daranyi.
Welterweight Carlos “El Tiburon” Sanchez, 12-0 (11), out of Felipe, MEX, stopped southpaw “Majic Man” Somner Martin, 6-4 (4), of Martinsville, VA, at 2:16 of the third round of a scheduled six.
In the opening round Sanchez seemed to have an edge with both mixing it up. In the second round it was more of the same but neither boxer is standing out in a close round. In the third round Sanchez was knocking a defense minded Martin all over the ring until referee Clark wisely stopped the bout.
Super middleweight Darren “Venom” Goodall, 4-0 (3), of New Milford, NJ, stopped Gary Hudson, 1-2 (0), Chicago, IL, at 1:37 of the second round.
In the opening round Goodall worked the body of Hudson. Goodall rocked Hudson with a right hand driving him across the ring as the bell sounded. In the second round referee Shawn Clark called a halt as Goodall kept going to the body without any return from Hudson.
Super featherweight southpaw Don “No Love” Smith, 4-0 (3), of Philadelphia, scored a pair of knockdowns stopping southpaw Chris “Too Smooth” Johnson, 1-3 (0), of Louisville, KY, at 1:11 of the fourth and last round.
The first two rounds had both boxers feeling each other out with Smith landing a bit more than Johnson. In the third round Smith continued to be the aggressor occasionally catching up to Johnson landing combinations with Johnson countering with one punch and moving out of the way. Smith landed a right hand to the body dropping Johnson. Referee Dali counted to 8 and then picked up the mouthpiece of Johnson’s that gave him a bit of a time to re-coup. In the fourth round Smith dropped Johnson for a second time with a right to the body. As Johnson got up Smith went on the attack forcing referee Dali to call a halt.
In the opening bout Welterweight Brandun Lee, 1-0 (1), scored a pair of knockdowns stopping Christopher Johnson, 0-3, Southbend, IN, at 1:33 of the first round, of a scheduled four with referee Clark waving it off.
Victory Boxing Promotions will return March 31 to the 2300 Arena per Emily Pandelakis.