Davis v Garcia Undercard: Ennis Wins IBF Interim Title & Villa Upsets Ellis!

Gervonta Davis v Hector Luis Garcia: Undercard Bouts

Jaron Ennis, Roiman Villa, and Demetrius Andrade get wins on the Davis v Garcia undercard
Jaron Ennis, Roiman Villa, and Demetrius Andrade get wins on the Davis v Garcia undercard

Jaron Ennis Wins IBF Interim Title on Davis v Garcia Undercard

Welterweight Jaron Ennis (30-0, 27KO) confused his opponent, Karen Chukhadzhian (21-1, 11KO), by coming out fighting in the southpaw stance for the first half of the fight. Ennis effectively slowed Chukhadzhian down with uppercuts to the body. Chukhadzhian was able to land occasional counter hooks while continuously circling into a straight left hand. Ennis closed out the fight strong to the final bell, bringing an end to his four-fight knockout streak.

All three judges (and 3Kings Boxing) scored it a shutout (120-108) for Ennis. Team Ennis now resumes their campaign for a championship fight.


Welterweight Rashidi Ellis (24-1, 15KO) alias “Speedy” is not just for the fast hands but his reflexes, footwork, and counter-punching were on full display. Roiman Villa (26-1, 24KO) was coming forward trying to apply pressure. Ellis was good at fighting off the backfoot and avoiding punches before landing counter left and right hooks rendering Villa’s aggression ineffective. furthermore, he worked the jab to perfection landing different variations of it keeping his opponent at distance.

Heading into the last leg of the fight Villa found some offense by landing the jab and followed up with uppercuts momentarily stunning Ellis. The Venezuelan came alive late as his corner told him a knockout was needed heading into the final round. The last round was filled with drama as Ellis seemed to be regaining control before getting knocked down twice and narrowly making it to the final bell. Going to the judge’s scorecards, one judge scored 113-113, as the other two saw it 114-112 in favor of Villa for the upset. He entered the ring an unknown and is leaving with the biggest win of his career in the IBF title eliminator. 3Kings Boxing scored it 114-112 for Ellis.


Two- division champion Demetrius Andrade (32-0, 19KO) came out in attack mode. Normally a slow starter, the slick boxer from Rhode Island was aggressively landing crisp combinations. Nicholson’s (26-5-1, 22KO) power was nullified by the movement and counter-punching before he tasted the canvas twice in the fight.

He was having a little success with the jab while trying to verbally abuse the two-time champion. Yet, Andrade ignored the useless trash talk and kept landing counterpunches and mixing up the attack. He kept ripping off lighting-fast three- and four-punch combinations while working over the body and head of Nicholson. Andrade used superior boxing skill to create angles and continued to land the straight left hand with ease. All three judges scored it 100-88 in favor of the two-division champion. WIth his first fight at super middleweight now in the books, Andrade can now focus on either WBC middleweight champion Jermall Charlo, or the winner between David Benavidez vs Caleb Plant.


It was a “blast from the past” when 2-division champion Lamont Peterson (35-6-1, 17KO) ended a four-year retirement to make a return to the ring. His last fight ended in a knockout defeat to former junior welterweight champ Sergey Lipinets in 2019. Unfortunately, his return was not a pleasant one! Staring at him from across the ring was Michael Ogundo (17-16, 14KO) who had a .500 record and was enjoying a four-fight losing streak. Needless to say, he was supposed to “lay-down” against the returning champ, but that did not happen. Instead, Ogundo applied pressure to continuously land an overhand-right on the chin of Peterson.

The former champ looked as if he no longer had punch resistance as he was pushed back or stumbled from each hit. Finally in the fourth round, an overhand right dropped Peterson as he lay sprawled out on the canvas. He would beat the count, staggering around the ring in the process. However, another barrage from Ogundo prompted the referee to stop the fight. This was an extremely terrible return for Peterson who didn’t even look like a shadow of his former self. If this fight was supposed to measure if the former champ “still had it”, he may want to entertain retirement once more!

By: Various Authors

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