LAS VEGAS – Jaron Ennis’ systematic rise inside the welterweight division has left the gifted Philadelphia native in a precarious place.
A six-round demolition of Sergey Lipinets and a first-round destruction of Thomas Dulorme in back-to-back bouts have confirmed that the 24-year-old contender is prepared for a 147-pound title shot. These two spectacular victories have established Ennis – a seemingly generational mix of athleticism, intelligence, energy, ability and pace – as about as a lot of a high-risk, low-reward proposition as attainable for welterweight champions campaigning to make as a lot cash as they will through the again ends of their bodily primes.
Ennis (28-0, 26 KOs, 1 NC) is ranked excessive by the IBF, WBA, WBC and WBO, however not excessive sufficient to make sure that a title shot is both one or two fights away. A affected person Ennis understands that he’ll nearly actually should occupy a primary place and to obtain a mandated title shot.
That didn’t cease the normally reserved Ennis from delivering a message to Terence Crawford, Errol Spence Jr. and Yordenis Ugas following his first-round knockout of Puerto Rico’s Dulorme (25-6-1, 16 KOs) final month at Mandalay Bay Resort and On line casino’s Michelob ULTRA Enviornment.
“Both y’all combat me or vacate the belts and get out my means,” Ennis mentioned, “as a result of I’m coming.”
Ennis appears most desirous about difficult Spence (27-0, 21 KOs), a robust southpaw who owns the IBF and WBC belts.
Spence, 31, is recovering from surgical procedure in mid-August to restore a broken retina. The DeSoto, Texas, native is more likely to face Ugas subsequent in what might be a welterweight title unification combat.
Cuba’s Ugas (27-4, 12 KOs) might be pressured by the WBA to make an compulsory protection of his WBA “tremendous” championship in opposition to Lithuania’s Eimantas Stanionis (13-0, 9 KOs, 1 NC) in his subsequent bout, or risking getting stripped of that title. Crawford (37-0, 28 KOs), of Omaha, Nebraska, is scheduled to defend his WBO belt in opposition to former IBF/WBC champ Shawn Porter (31-3-1, 17 KOs) on November 20 at Michelob ULTRA Enviornment (ESPN Pay-Per-View).
Crawford (34), Porter (34) and Ugas (36) all are in the identical age vary, which, together with the phases they’re at of their careers, may proceed making it troublesome for Ennis to entice one in all them into the ring.
Spence, Porter and Ugas all are affiliated with Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions. The Porter combat is the final bout on Crawford’s contract with Bob Arum’s Prime Rank Inc.
Ennis isn’t affiliated with PBC, however he has a multi-fight settlement with Showtime, which has televised eight of his previous 9 fights. Although PBC and Showtime are companions, Haymon may not be prepared to offer Ennis fights together with his higher-profile welterweights except Ennis and his promoter, Cameron Dunkin, associate with PBC in some capability.
In the meantime, Ennis is ranked third by the IBF, fourth by the WBA, fifth by the WBO and sixth by the WBC.
“No matter belt that I’m ranked the best in,” Ennis mentioned when requested which title he hopes to pursue. “I feel it’s the IBF, in order that’s the place we going. So, that’s Spence, and he bought the WBC and IBF [belts]. If I can get that, that’d be excellent. But when not, I’ll take Ugas. If I can’t get Ugas, I’ll take the opposite champion, the winner of Crawford and Porter. If I can’t get them, give me Keith Thurman.”
Ennis couldn’t assist however snigger as he talked about the title of Thurman (29-1, 22 KOs, 1 NC), a formidable however perpetually inactive former WBA/WBC champ who hasn’t fought within the greater than two years since he misplaced a 12-round break up resolution to Manny Pacquiao (62-8-2, 39 KOs) in July 2019. Nonetheless, Ennis hopes 2022 is the 12 months through which he will get his title shot, a method or one other.
“Like I might say earlier than, beginning in 2021, that 2021 was the 12 months that I needed to get my foot within the door, present these guys my expertise, present ‘em what’s up,” Ennis mentioned. “After which, 2022 I’m pulling down that door, I’m climbing to the highest and I’m taking up the welterweight division and grabbing all them belts.”
Keith Idec is a senior author/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He may be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.
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