Boxing runs deep in the roots of rising Welterweight contender Jaron ‘Boots’ Ennis and with every ferocious victory he is putting the 147lbs division on notice, as he devises his own assault on the world scene in the not too distant future.
Born and still residing in Philadephia, ‘Boots’ is trained by his father Derek Ennis, a former professional himself and the 22-year-old is intent on continuing his family’s legacy, which has already been set in stone by his two brothers Farah and Derek, who didn’t quite reach world level themselves, but Jaron could be on a path to reach those heights himself.
Ennis (25-0, 23 KOs) has been devastating in his near four year professional career, blitzing through almost every challenge put in front of him.
The slick, switch-hitter has skill and punch power in abundance, with a left hand which is becoming his prized weapon, as both a ripping hook and meticulous straight shot.
His explosive, fan-friendly style is complimented by his flamboyant ring walk outfits. In his last fight against Bakhtiyar Eyubov, Ennis sported bright orange and green oversized shorts with white tassels, with yellow boots and gloves to match, as he stormed to a fourth round stoppage victory.
The 2015 National Golden Gloves champion was selected as an alternate for the 2016 US Olympic team, but instead turned over and has been almost punch-perfect.
In fact, Ennis has not been the distance since his tenth fight, scoring 10 first round stoppages, as well as 13 knockdowns in his last six bouts, which is sending shockwaves through the division.
Ennis chooses to do his talking in the ring, however his promoter Cameron Dunkin, who has previously managed the careers of WBO Welterweight champion Terence Crawford, Nonito Donaire and Mikey Garcia, to name a few has described the knockout artist as “the best fighter I’ve ever signed,” making comparisons to four-weight world champion Roy Jones Jr, whilst promoter Lou Di Bella has described him as the “best prospect in the United States.”
Immense praise for a fighter yet to truly step up, however Ennis would have gained even more confidence and knowledge from his last win against the usually durable Eyubov.
‘Boots’ became the first man to knockdown the Kazakh with a pinpoint straight left hand, followed up with a flurry of combination blows, as Eyubov hit the canvas twice in round one.
To his credit, Eyubov composed himself amid the onslaught and landed some decent shots of his own, as Ennis opted to stay in range, but such is his accuracy, frightening speed and astute measure of distance, ‘Boots’ forced the referee to call a halt in round four to become only the second man to stop his 33-year-old foe, on the undercard of Claressa Shields’ historic win over Ivana Habazin to become a three-weight titlist in Atlantic City.
Ennis will face stiffer tests as he moves towards the cusp of a world title shot, where he may be forced into deep waters and not allowed the time to settle by one of the more experienced champions, in a division which features unified WBC and IBF holder Errol Spence Jr, eight-weight titlist Manny Pacquiao, former world champions Keith Thurman and Shawn Porter, as well as fellow rising, unbeaten powerhouse Vergil Ortiz Jr.
With top 15 rankings in both the WBO (#12) and IBF (#14) respectively, ‘Boots’ could face an eliminator for a world title before not too long. However, at just 22-year-old the Philadephian has plenty of time on his side and could be forgiven for building his profile and record for the next year, at least just below the world level to polish any flaws, which aren’t necessarily easy to distinguish, but will be punished at elite level and perhaps it may just be a case of gaining invaluable experience, whilst he hasn’t reached his peak.
But one thing is for sure, Ennis has bags of potential and a striking ring IQ to cement his position in the 147lbs division for years to come, whilst continuing a family name missing that elusive world title.