November 30, 2023

It took 10 rounds, however due to his knocking out Roiman Villa at Atlantic Metropolis’s Boardwalk Corridor on Saturday, Jaron “Boots” Ennis may get his title shot

By Chris Murray
For the Philadelphia Sunday SUN

Atlantic Metropolis, N.J.— For the primary 9 and
a half rounds of Jaron “Boots” Ennis’s welter-weight struggle in opposition to Roiman Villa, it wasn’t as a lot in regards to the consequence of the struggle itself as a lot because it was about how a lot punishment Villa had taken whereas nonetheless having the ability to stand.
Whether or not he was coming at Villa within the
boxer’s orthodox stance or left-handed as a southpaw, the North Philadelphia native
and Worldwide Boxing Federation interim champion dominated Villa all through the struggle with energy even when the Venezuelan fighter was coming ahead. Earlier than the ninth spherical, the physician at ringside checked on Villa to see if he might proceed.

“I used to be setting him up,” Ennis mentioned. “I hit
him with an enormous left hand, and I knew he was
happening. So, I used to be ready for the left
shot, and I threw a hook, and I knew he was going so I simply threw another and that was it. I knew they had been going to cease it.”

Within the tenth, a vicious left-right combina-
tion by Ennis put Villa on the canvas and
ended the struggle for good to present the rising
boxing star his thirty first win, twenty eighth knockout and retention of his title on Saturday evening at Atlantic Metropolis’s Boardwalk Corridor.

“I knew he was a tricky man,” Ennis mentioned.
“I knew I used to be going to interrupt him down
ultimately. He had his palms up excessive and
walked ahead, stroll ahead … I simply had
to take my time and ultimately I’ll get him.”
Extra importantly, Ennis’s emphatic show of his boxing brilliance served discover to all who witnessed it that he’s gunning for
anybody prepared to step within the ring with him.
That features each Errol Spence Jr. and Terence Crawford, who can be preventing for the undisputed world welterweight championship on July 29 in Las Vegas.
“Spence-Crawford is a good struggle, a 50-50
struggle, might one of the best man win,” Ennis mentioned after the struggle. “And Jaron “Boots” Ennis needs the winner of Errol Spence and Terence Crawford. Let’s make it occur.”
The one drawback with Ennis ready on
the Spence-Crawford winner is that there’s a rematch clause that the loser of that struggle is not going to doubt use, particularly if that struggle is shut which signifies that it’s extra possible that Ennis can be preventing another person earlier than he will get to the unified title belt promised land.

A few of the fighters that he might possi-
bly be taking up embody 34-year-old former
welterweight title Keith Thurman (30-1, 22
knockouts); former world champion Yorde-
nis Ugas (27-5, 12 knockouts); World Field-
ing Affiliation no. 1 welterweight contender Vergil Ortiz (19-0, 19 knockouts); and unbeaten Eimantas Stanionias (14-0, 9 knockouts).
Ennis, who plans to be again within the gymnasium
this week, mentioned he is able to struggle any welterweight contender or former champion prepared to get into the ring with him.

“I’ll take Stanionis. Virgil Ortiz fell out, so
I’ll take Stanionis in a heartbeat,” Ennis mentioned.
“I wish to get into the ring another time
earlier than the top of the yr to make it three.
Stanionis, Keith Thurman, Ugas, Bud,
Spence, all the highest guys on the market. Let’s make these fights occur.”
Amid all of the hypothesis about his subsequent
opponent, Ennis mentioned earlier than the struggle that he was seeking to placed on an impressive efficiency after profitable what some in
the boxing world thought of a sur-
prising unanimous determination in opposition to
Ukrainian Karen Chuhaudzjian
again in January.

With Villa stalking ahead, En-
nis dominated the struggle utilizing his
quick palms and energy with each
palms to maintain his opponent off. Ac-
cording to Compubox numbers,
Ennis landed 164 energy punches,
good for 47 % for the struggle.
For the struggle, Ennis landed 36 per-
cent of the 622 punches he threw.
Ennis’s coach and father Derek
“Bozy” Ennis mentioned that his son will get
higher with every struggle and nonetheless has
loads of room to develop.

“If (Jaron Ennis) can struggle some-
physique that may actually struggle, he goes
to a different degree,” Bozy Ennis mentioned.
“He confirmed you the extent that he
can go to. (Villa) is hard. No one
ever stopped this man, and the man
can punch. …Y’all ain’t seen noth-
ing but.”