Jaron Ennis KO’s Custio Clayton and Targets Errol Spence Next!
During his latest tour of duty, at Dignity Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California, top welterweight contender Jaron “Boots” Ennis (29-0, 27 KO’s) picked up his most recent victory. In that heated battle, which was an IBF Welterweight world title eliminator, Ennis toppled Custio “War Machine” Clayton (19-1-1, 12 KO’s) by way of second round knockout. Amazingly, without even being a world champion, Boots is one of the more talked-about fighters in the sport and division.
He’s a fan favorite among hardcore heads due to his flashy style and seemingly unlimited potential. Ranked #2 (WBA), #3 (WBO), and #4 (IBF), his talent, power and athleticism are easily apparent. Leading into this upcoming battle, many fans and pundits predicted that the 24-year-old from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania would not only win a world title but catapult him on his path to superstardom.
Clearly, this is a detrimental setback for Clayton who had something to prove and was on a mission to win. The 34-year-old from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada, came in believing that Ennis was more sizzle and flash, while he contained more substance. Ranked #6 (IBF) and #11 (WBO), Clayton looked to leave the ring one step closer to a world title shot. Obviously this was not the case.
With the clang of the opening bell, Ennis easily dominated the entire first round with his jab. Boots did slide in a few hard shots, but nothing of real note or consequence. Outside of shell-up like a nearsighted bully victim and slink along the ropes, Clayton accomplished remarkably little in the first. Little changed in the second except Ennis was sprinkling in far more power shots.
Toward the end of the period, Boots bounced a brick of a looping overhand right off of the War Machine’s head that left him flopping to the ground. To his credit, the Canadian made it to his feet, at ten, but then went sailing to the ropes on jellied legs that could not carry him. This was a fantastic knockout win for Jaron Ennis on a very big stage.
Not wanting to waste the moment, Ennis called out unified welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr.
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By: Bakari Simpson