Jaron “Boots” Ennis has continued to huff and puff within the route of Errol Spence Jr. The extremely ranked contender out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has run roughshod over his competitors, leading to lopsided victories and highlight-reel-worthy knockouts.
Determined to push Spence right into a nook, Ennis (30-0, 27 KOs) seemingly solidified himself as a bonafide contender following his unanimous choice victory over Karen Chukhadzhian this previous weekend on the Capital One Area in Washington D.C. With 12 one-sided rounds in his again pocket, Ennis procured the IBF interim crown, making him the necessary challenger to Spence’s unified welterweight throne.
Whereas he was ostensibly subsequent up, Spence (28-0, 22 KOs) has pulled an entire 180. In some unspecified time in the future in April, the 32-year-old will reportedly transfer up in weight to tackle former unified champion, Keith Thurman. Though Spence hasn’t formally given up his WBA, WBC, and IBF trinkets, Ennis has a tough time believing that the extraordinarily stout southpaw will ever make his approach again down in weight.
“I really feel like if he’s combating Keith Thurman at 54, he’s not gonna come again down,” stated Ennis to YSM Sports activities Media. “I really feel like he’s getting older now and I suppose he’s gonna transfer up.”
Spence, a former U.S. Olympian, has complained over time that making the 147-pound welterweight restrict was turning into increasingly arduous. All alongside, Spence was hopeful that his time in the one division that he’s ever recognized may very well be protracted lengthy sufficient to settle a longstanding debate.
Terence Crawford, the division’s WBO titlist, was seemingly set to tackle Spence for all the welterweight marbles on November nineteenth. Followers, in fact, had been apoplectic, when negotiations fell aside within the eleventh hour, resulting in Crawford taking up David Avanesyan on December tenth.
Finally, Spence might select to revisit an undisputed showdown towards Crawford. Nonetheless, in a second of pure candor, Ennis revealed that Spence’s days at 147 kilos are seemingly over.
“I doubt if he’s combating at 54, he’s gonna come all the way in which again all the way down to struggle me or Bud. I really feel like he’s gonna keep at 54.”