Jaron “Boots” Ennis Breaks Down How He Would Fare Against Terence Crawford and Shawn Porter
Fans are reverberating with excitement over the news that Terence “Bud” Crawford (37-0, 28 KOs) will defend the WBO world welterweight title against mandatory challenger and former two-time 147-pound champion Shawn Porter (31-3, 17 KOs) on November 20 in Las Vegas. It’s the kind of challenge serious observers have been demanded of the defending champ. At last, Crawford faces an elite challenger in the welterweight division.
Fighters in and around the division have eyes on this fight. One of those happens to be rising welterweight contender Jaron “Boots” Ennis (27-0, 25 KOs). He’s considered one of the most talented up-and-coming fighters in the sport. During an interview with YSM Sports Media, the 24-year-old from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania said Crawford v Porter is a 50/50 match and is looking forward to the fight.
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Like everyone from 140-154 pounds, “Boots” would love to get them in the ring, and broke down how he would fare against Porter and Crawford. He believes adjusting to the rough and physical style of Porter would be simple. It’s a matter of being intelligent, using his footwork, and catching the former champ as he comes in.
“I’d take my time and be smart with him. I’d catch him in between shots while he’s running and jumping in. It could be an early night. You got to be smart when you fight guys like Shawn Porter.
You got to be on your Ps and Qs because you can’t let him outwork you and out-hustle you. That’s how you beat someone like Shawn Porter. A lot of bodywork, and use your jab. You keep him off of you, and then you start walking him down in the later rounds.”
In assessing his chances against “Bud” his response was short but very much to the point.
“Whatever he thinks he can do, I can do better. So, Crawford was a great fighter, but it’s different over here. I’m faster, strong, younger, smarter, and defense way better. He’s a great fighter. I take nothing away from him.
With him, you got to outthink him, outpoint him and outsmart him. Walk to him a little bit. Touch him, keep touching him, touch that body, and that’s how you get him”.
Some may take his view as presumptuous and cocky. However, when you’re young and extremely talented, the self-assurance is quite understandable. For Ennis, he is raring and feels he’s ready to face the elite in the welterweight division. Many who have seen him in action tend to agree. He hopes he gets that chance to prove his point in 2022. For him, the future is now.
By: Michael Wilson Jr.