FightPost Boxer of the Week: Jaron Ennis
By Gary Kittilsen
On an otherwise uneventful week of boxing, one blue-chip welterweight prospect captured the attention of the boxing world and put the talented loaded 147-pound division on notice.
Jaron “Boots” Ennis, from the fighting city of Philadelphia, took the biggest challenge of his young professional career in Juan Carlos Abreu of La Romana, Dominican Republic.
Abreu was coming off an impressive KO victory over unbeaten prospect Israel Valerio he also has a win over Jesus Soto Karass. He has been in the ring with the likes of Alexander Besputin, Egidijus Kavaliauskas, Jamal James, and Pablo Cano and was stopped by none of them. He was expected to stand up to the young Philly native and test him.
That was not to be the case as “Boots” handed in the best performance of his young career. Scoring three knockdowns on his way to securing a one-sided sixth-round TKO victory, that moved his unbeaten record to 26-0( 24) and captured our Fighter of the Week award.
The major question entering the fight was could Ennis keep up his level of dominance against a rugged and durable veteran. Ennis was eager to answer that. He came out of the gate swinging and hurting Abreu with a left hook immediately following the opening bell.
The Philadelphian stayed in control throughout, switching from the conventional and southpaw stance landing lightning-quick combinations and precise uppercuts that snapped his opponent’s head back and dominating the early stanzas.
A right hook, overhand left out of the southpaw stance, again, staggered the tough Dominican opponent a minute into the 3rd.
By the 4th, Ennis, on the demand of his corner, began establishing his jab. Abreu again has zero answers. Ennis used the jab out of the southpaw stance to set up big left hands that again hurt Abreu. After the two combatants exchanged What appeared to be intentional low blows in the first minute of the 5th, Ennis settled in again and began firing off three-punch combinations that were landing on the button. With 23 seconds left in the round a vicious right uppercut that nearly took his head off, put Abreu on the canvas.
The tough as nails Dominican somehow made it to his feet. However, the writing was on the wall and just seconds into the 6th a massive right hand dropped Abreu for a second time, who again somehow beat the count. After careful examination by the ref Abreu was allowed to continue. The Philadelphian jumped on the hurt fighter like a dog on fear and sent his opponent reeling across the ring with a pair of straight lefts and followed up with a thudding right, left combo that dropped Abreu for a third and final time. The ref immediately waved the bout off giving Ennis the 6th round TKO victory.
Boots Ennis will look to become the next welterweight champion from the great line of 147-pound world champs who hail from Philidelphia.
A line of welterweight champions that include greats like Meldrick Taylor and Danny Garcia. Following his near-perfect performance, this weekend, Ennis’s name will immediately be mentioned in the crowded welterweight world title picture.
Along with 22-year-old knockout artist, Vergil Ortiz, Ennis is considered the future of the welterweight division. A division that is known in America as “the other glamour division.” If the Philly native can’t secure a world title shot in his next fight, which would be a difficult task, he is on the right side of the promotional street to secure a big-money fight with the likes of Yordenis Ugas, Keith Thurman, or Jamal James.
A victorious outing against that level of opposition would likely be the win to propel Ennis to a world title shot in 2021.
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