By: Hans Themistode
On the tender age of 24, Jaron Ennis needs to be within the infancy levels of his profession.
But, regardless of the traditional profession arc of a youthful fighter, Ennis needs no components of a sluggish and methodical construct towards the highest of the game. At present, because of a slew of knockout victories in opposition to high-profile fighters, Ennis has moved shortly up the welterweight ladder.
Within the opinion of the budding 147-pound star, a showdown in opposition to the division’s greatest is inevitable. If the choice have been solely as much as the Philadelphia native, he would love to check his expertise in opposition to pound-for-pound star and present WBO welterweight titlist, Terence Crawford.
Though their showdown is unlikely for the instant future, Ennis is far nearer to getting his shot at Crawford than many understand.
In 2021, Ennis strung collectively back-to-back stellar performances. First up on his battle calendar, was a showdown in opposition to former 140-pound champion turned 147-pound contender, Sergey Lipinets. Whereas the one-time belt holder was thought of his stiffest take a look at, Ennis made fast work of him, dropping him within the fourth, earlier than ending him off within the sixth spherical.
Subsequent up for Ennis was a welterweight showdown in opposition to rugged contender Thomas Dulorme. In the end, whereas Dulorme has offered points for quite a few names at 147 kilos, Ennis had little to no hassle coping with him, stopping him within the very first spherical.
Following these two decisive victories, Ennis now finds himself ranked quantity two within the WBO sanctioning physique. However because the 24-year-old inches nearer and nearer towards a showdown in opposition to the pound-for-pound stalwart, former two-division champion Tim Bradley believes that Ennis needs to be cautious what he needs for.
“Any individual going to sleep and it ain’t gonna be Crawford,” stated Bradley throughout an interview with BoxingInsider.com.
In the end, Ennis seems to be taking his profession in one other route. In an effort to scoop greater than only one world title, Ennis has set his sights on Errol Spence Jr. With the unified titlist focusing his efforts on his upcoming showdown in opposition to WBA champion Yordenis Ugas, Ennis is making an attempt to place himself in line to tackle the winner.
On Could 14th in Los Angeles, California, Ennis will face off in opposition to fellow undefeated contender Custio Clayton in an IBF title eliminator. Whatever the route Ennis ultimately chooses, Bradley believes it’s silly for him to tackle Crawford.
Most just lately, the 34-year-old switch-hitter efficiently defended his world title for the fifth consecutive time. On the tail finish of 2021, Crawford took on good good friend and former two-time champion Shawn Porter.
All through the early parts of their showdown, Crawford struggled with the awkward rhythm of his opponent. Nonetheless, regardless of Porter’s early success, Crawford would ultimately dissect his man en path to a tenth spherical stoppage win.
As Bradley continues to shake his head on the mere considered Crawford and Ennis sharing the ring with each other, the Corridor of Fame hopeful has one last succinct assertion for Ennis, and anybody else for that matter, who doubts Crawford’s expertise.
“Y’all higher put some respect on Terence Crawford’s identify.”