Jaron Ennis And Custio Clayton Agree On Deal For IBF Title Eliminator

Jaron Ennis and Custio Clayton to Compete for an IBF Mandatory Challenger Ticket

Welterweight contenders Jaron Ennis and Custio Clayton
Jaron Ennis (left), Custio Clayton

Jaron Ennis Agrees to Face Custio Clayton in IBF Welterweight Title Eliminator

Welterweight contender Jaron “Boots” Ennis (28-0, 26 KOs) is one of the most talked-about fighters for the hardcore heads. The southpaw from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is quickly mentioned in any discussion about the future of the sport. Now it looks like he’s one step closer to a world title shot.

3Kings Boxing has learned Ennis has agreed to terms for a fight with Custio Clayton (19-0-1, 12 KOs) in an IBF welterweight eliminator. After the IBF ordered the match on January 20, the sanctioning body set a March 1 deadline for a purse bid. But with the two fighters finalizing a deal, that purse bid order is no longer necessary. The winner will become the IBF welterweight mandatory challenger. That title is currently held by unified147 pound champion Errol Spence Jr.


Ranked third by the IBF, “Boots” is viewed as a future star by many fans and pundits. The talent from the Philly southpaw is clear to anyone who has seen him in action. Boasting what seems to be an endless reservoir of speed and power, Ennis makes it looks easy in the ring. With the look of someone who can do it all, Philly’s finest is already predicting greatness for himself in 2022. He’s coming off a one-round dismantling of former world title challenger Thomas Dulorme in October of 2021.

While not boasting the flash of Ennis, Clayton is a skilled fighter in his own right. Many may remember the 34-year-old Canadian for a spirited effort against former IBF 140 pound champ Sergey Lipinets for the vacant IBF Interim welterweight belt in October 2020. Scoring a majority decision draw, many felt Clayton did enough to earn the verdict. Ranked fifth by the IBF at 147, he takes a backseat to no one. As an aside, Ennis also fought Lipinets, blasting him out in six rounds in April of 2021.

While details have not been released when the Ennis v Clayton fight will take place, it’s likely that the match will occur sometime in April. Stay tuned to 3Kings Boxing for more updates.

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