Jaron Ennis ready to take welterweight division by storm

Jaron Ennis (Photo by Edward Diller/Getty Images)
Jaron Ennis (Photo by Edward Diller/Getty Images) /

Jaron Ennis headlines the April 10 Showtime boxing card against former IBF champion Sergey Lipinets. Ennis has big plans for the welterweight division.

Jaron Ennis is gearing up for the biggest fight of his five-year professional boxing career on April 10 against Sergey Lipinets, but he has bigger plans in mind for 2021.

Ennis (26-0, 24 KOs) is only 23 years old and is leading the welterweight youth movement along with Vergil Ortiz Jr. and Eimantas Stanionis, who are also both in their 20s. Most of the current top-rated boxers in the division are in their 30s.

Ennis feels like many of the top names like Errol Spence Jr., and Terence Crawford will move up soon, making way for the next wave of talented young boxers.

“I definitely feel like their time, it’s not running out, they’re just getting older,” Ennis told FanSided. “And I feel like most of those guys are probably gonna move up soon, and the new wave of the welterweight division, which is me, is going to take over.”

Ennis is consistently working his way up the rankings and is looking for bigger names to add to his résumé. Lipinets (16-1-1, 12 KOs) is the former IBF junior welterweight champion and has wins over Lamont Peterson and Lenny Zappavigna, but fought Custio Clayton to a draw in his last fight.

Jaron Ennis is ready to put on a boxing clinic against Sergey Lipinets on Saturday, April 10, on Showtime at 9 p.m. ET.

Ennis feels like Lipinets’ stalking style is perfect for his boxing skillset. Ennis has fast feet and switches between orthodox and southpaw stances. He uses shoulder movement to avoid attacks and packs a mean punch, as evidenced by his 88 percent knockout rating.

“His style, it fits perfect,” stated Ennis. “Right for my style. He’s gonna come forward and walk around to everything, and he don’t have no head movement. And he’s right in front of me. So his style is perfect for my style.”

Ennis respects Lipinets but just feels like he’s on a different level. Lipinets has never been knocked out, but he lost to Mikey Garcia in 2018 by unanimous decision. Ennis is a bigger boxer with heavy hands and a tricky style to figure out. The odds will be highly in Ennis’s favor.

“He’s a former world champion at 140,” said Ennis. “I know he moved up to 47, but I just wanted to fight somebody that had a name and somebody that was willing to fight. And I thank him for taking this fight, but it’s my turn to show the world what I’m really capable of doing.

If Ennis defeats Lipinets, he wants to fight three or more times in 2021.

“Another three would be fine, you know, just three big fights, and that’s what I want,” said Ennis. “So after this one, maybe one in like July or August at the end of the year. So maybe three or four whatever I can get out, I’m grateful for anything.”

Ennis wants all of the major welterweights, but do they want him? Time will tell if they are willing to accept his challenge. As of right now, Ennis wants to stay active and win. He’s pretty sure that anybody watching him on Showtime on April 10 will walk away with a favorable impression of his boxing talent.

“They going to see everything on April 10,” declared Ennis. “If you don’t like me, you just don’t like boxing because I give I give you everything. I give you speed, power, slickness, defense. Whatever you need, I got it, and you going to see it in the fight.”

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