Rashidi Ellis Makes Successful Comeback! Who Does He Challenge Next?

Speedy Ellis Makes A Successful Comeback After Nearly Two-year Absence!

Rashidi Ellis flexes at weigh-in for return fight with Jose Marrufo
Rashidi Ellis

What’s Next for Rashidi Ellis After Stopping Jose Marrufo?

After reeling off 23 consecutive wins to start his career, rising 147-pound prospect Rashidi “Speedy” Ellis’ (24-0, 15KOs) momentum was halted. The Lynn, Massachusetts native was a standout amateur who signed a promotional deal with Golden Boy Promotions upon turning pro. The once solid relationship fizzled out over a contract dispute that would cause Ellis to be shelved for nearly two years.

However, earlier this year, Speedy was able to free himself from the grasp of Golden Boy and has since signed with Premier Boxing Champions. The talented welterweight returned to the ring on July 9, stopping late replacement Jose Marrufo (13-11, 2KOs) in one round. He dropped Marrufo twice, in the process displaying his dazzling hand speed, counterpunching ability, and solid power. He was originally set to face Alberto Palmetta (17-1, 12KOs). However, the Argentine fighter withdrew due to a back injury.


In the lead up to his return, Speedy made it known that he wants the big names in the division. He’s unlikely to get a world title opportunity anytime soon. However, there are still plenty of marquee matches for him to be in.

Signing with PBC put Ellis on the path to the big welterweight fights he craves. Speedy has the opportunity to lock horns with former unified champion Keith Thurman, WBA Regular champion Eimantas Stanionis, former champion Yordenis Ugas, and unbeaten contender Jaron Ennis, among others. While Ellis has expressed the willingness to fight anybody next, considering he’s been out of the ring for nearly two years, it’s best to continue to let him work off some ring rust while also becoming a ranked fighter yet again. Once 2023 arrives, he should be ready to go against the upper echelon of the division.

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By: Jerrell Fletcher

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