On another loaded weekend of sweet science that featured several highly touted prospects handing in a spectacular performance, long-time, fan-favorite, offensive-minded brawlers in non-stop action slugfests, and a contender for Women’s fight of the year. One man’s performance has had the boxing world buzzing in their boots since Saturday night. Philadelphia’s own Jaron “Boots” Ennis scored a sensational sixth-round KO of the game former world-champ Sergey Lipinets of Russia. Lipinets had been the distance with Mikey Garcia and stopped two-division former world champ, Lamont Peterson. However, the rugged Russian was no contest for the explosive 23-year-old Philly native who moved his record to a perfect 27-0 (23) becomes the only man to stop Lipinets and takes home our Fighter of the Week award and likely secures himself a big money fight with one of the premier PBC welterweights before the year is through.
Jaron Ennis walked into the ring in Uncasville, Connecticut, in need of a spectacular performance. Vergil Ortiz had just made his case a few weeks ago in a step-up fight against former 140-pound champ Maurice Hooker and now it was Boots’s turn. He got right to work flicking the jab and, mixing head and body shots. Sending a message in the first round that the Russian was in for a long night. The beat-down continued as the Philadelphian switched seamlessly between both stands tattooing the former world-champ with laser-like combinations. Ennis was created with a questionable knockdown in the fourth when the fighters got their feet tangled up. Lipinets was given a hard warning for low blows and all-around foul play in the fifth. The sixth saw Ennis close the show in spectacular fashion Ennis scored with a picturesque three-punch combination a right uppercut follow up right hand and then a laser beam of a straight left collapsing Lipinets. and bringing referee Arthur Mercante immediately in to waive things off and give Ennis the sixth round KO victory. Post-fight the victorious fighter said of his performance “Most definitely I think I graduated tonight, It’s on the up and up now. It’s onto bigger and better fights now.”
Between Boots Ennis, Vergil Oritz, Jesus Ramos, and Conor Benn the 147-pound, which has been the sports “other glamour division” for the past quarter-century at least, is in great hands with its new crop of fighters. Ortiz a native of Texas was through to be the leader in the clubhouse after yes virtuoso performance against Hooker in March, however, Ennis may have captured the unofficial crown as best young welterweight prospect given what he did to Lipinets on Saturday night in Connecticut. His name will now be linked to the usual suspects on the PBC sided of the street, the dominant side of the street. A fight with former two-division world champ Danny Garcia would be an intriguing all Philly showdown however Swift looks to be going up to 154, however, fights with Thurman, and Porter could easily be made. Additionally fights with the Spence/Ugas winner and Mikey Garcia should also be considered. With Boots’s performance, he is now relevant and should and will be mentioned with thebest names at 147.