Jaron Ennis Responds to Shawn Porter’s Overrated Comments!
There’s tension brewing between two-time welterweight champion Shawn “Showtime” Porter (30-4-1, 17KOs) and top-rated, unbeaten welterweight contender Jaron “Boots” Ennis (28-0-1, 26KOs). Recently, on The Porter Way Podcast, Shawn Porter stated he felt Boots were overrated. His reason was that he felt he was overhyped because he has yet to face a top-tier welterweight.
BOOTS FIRES BACK!
It didn’t take long for Ennis to catch wind of the comments made by Porter. He initially took to Twitter to call out Porter for his comments. In the process, he challenged the recently retired Porter to a fight. He also went further in an interview with YSM Sports Media as he took another shot at Showtime.
“I don’t know what’s going on. Maybe Crawford punched him a little too hard and he lost some brain cells. I don’t know what’s going on. How he gonna say that and he was one of the main people [saying and telling] me that I’m ready and that ‘he is too much for these guys’? Now, want to go back on your word.
You were the main person saying it a couple of months ago. Now you want to change your mind, but that’s on him. I don’t know what it is. I don’t know if this is a publicity stunt or trying to get his podcast up or something, but it is what it is. If he really thinks I’m overrated like I said, he can come out of retirement and fight me. I’ve been calling him out for years now. I’ve been calling him out, Crawford, Errol Spence, everybody. I’m trying to fight these top guys, and everybody knows that.”
WAITING TO PROVE HIMSELF
This situation is kind of head-scratching because, on one hand, Porter has stated publicly that Ennis was the closest thing to a prime Roy Jones Jr, yet now he’s stating he’s overrated and overhyped due to his lack of top-tier opponents. To Ennis’ credit, he has been begging for a fight with the top tier welterweights. However, none have been willing to give him an opportunity. For the most part, it’s been understandable that the champions in the division have been occupied with facing mandatory opponents, fellow champions, or more proven fighters that bring bigger paydays.
However, Ennis is in a position in the rankings where he can no longer be ignored. He’s ranked # 2 in the WBO, # 3 in the IBF, # 3 in the WBC, and # 3 in the WBA. A title shot looms for the fighter from Philadelphia and also the opportunity to silence his critics, including Porter, who feels he’s overrated.
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By: Jerrell Fletcher