Jaron Ennis training camp notes – boxing news
Exciting undefeated welterweight sensation Jaron “Boots” Ennis will look to reach 26 KOs in 28 fights when he takes on veteran Thomas Dulorme in the 10-round main co-event live on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. HP) on Saturday October 30 from Michelob ULTRA Arena at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas in an event presented by Premier Boxing Champions.
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Ennis (27-0, 25 KOs), who has steadily risen through the ranks since his professional debut in 2016, faces another formidable welterweight opponent at Dulorme after previously stopping former champion Sergey Lipinets in April.
Dulorme, a 147-pound contender and former 140-pound title challenger, has built up a solid resume over the course of his career, stepping into the ring with world champions Yordenis Ugas, Jessie Vargas and Terence Crawford.
Named Prospect of the Year 2020 by Ring Magazine, Ennis is trained by his father Bozy Ennis at Bozy’s Dungeon in his hometown of boxing-rich Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
“My dad made me work on new things to improve myself,” said the 24-year-old who has sublime boxing skills and two-handed power.
“We’re working on making me feel more relaxed in there and just stay alert and alert, using my jab and going a lot more towards the body. I never look for the knockout. I go and do what I’m supposed to do, and I let the knockout come to me, which he usually does.
Ennis is currently ranked IBF No.3, WBO and WBA No.5 and WBC No.8 at 147 pounds, and he believes a title shot is not far off. He sees his latest opponent as one more obstacle to achieving his ultimate goal.
“Dulorme is a good fighter and I’m not taking anything away from him,” Ennis said. “He’s fought a lot of good guys, world champions, but I’m on a different level right now. I’m coming to take over the welterweight division, and he’s on my way. He must go. I come for all the belts.
With Ennis’ last three fights, including the no-contest against Chris van Heerden, all inside “The Fight Sphere” in Mohegan Sun, he is delighted to be fighting in the west for the first time in the boxing capital of the world as a professional. However, Ennis has fond memories of the city winning gold at the 2015 National Golden Gloves in Las Vegas.
“It’s a nice memory, especially because I won the whole tournament,” he said. “I love Vegas. It’s the homeland of boxing, but honestly I have so many Philly fans coming to this fight that it will feel like I’m fighting at home. I would love to keep fighting in Vegas, get my friends out of Philly and make them a second home.
As the next of future Philadelphia-born world champions, Ennis takes great pride in his hometown and sees a lot of potential boxing brewing in the City of Brotherly Love.
“I see a lot of other great prospects in Philly. There are even amateurs who are on the verge of going pro, which represents great prospects. Philly has a lot of firepower and some great guys coming up the ranks right now. I have a feeling Philly is going to take over the boxing world.
Ennis made his SHOWTIME debut in 2018 on ShoBox: The New Generation, scoring a third round TKO against Armando Alvarez. Ennis had continued his progression on SHOWTIME, including in his last fight in April, when Ennis passed the most critical test of his career with flying colors, becoming the first fighter to stop the Lipinets. Still, the rising star is not satisfied.
“It’s wonderful to be recognized more and more, but that’s not why I’m doing this. I’m just ready to take the whole division back, and I promise that’s just the start for me.