Ortiz On Boots Ennis: “I’m Gonna Back Myself Against Anyone”

Vergil Ortiz Jr Ranks Himself Over Fellow Rising Welterweight Jaron “Boots” Ennis

Vergil Ortiz and Jaron Ennis at final weigh-ins
Vergil Ortiz and Jaron Ennis at final weigh-ins

Vergil Ortiz Says He Will Take Over Welterweight Ahead of Jaron Ennis

Arguably the best fighter on of Golden Boy Promotions’ roster, Vergil Ortiz Jr (18-0, 18 KOs) is being pushed as a future world champion. Only 23, the resident of Dallas, Texas is among the top young fighters in the sport. But at 147 pounds, he’s often grouped with fellow unbeaten welterweight Jaron “Boots” Ennis (28-0, 26 KOs) as the man to take over the division. During an interview on The Last Stand Podcast, host Brian Custer asked the product of Dallas, Texas who he considers to be the future at welterweight between himself and “Boots”.


“Well, I’m not going to say him, you know, I believe that I got the skills. I got the heart and the determination. I’m gonna back myself against anyone.”

At 147, unified IBF/WBC champ Errol Spence Jr, WBO champ Terence Crawford, and WBA champ Yordenis Ugas are the now of the division. Each of those fighters has long-established themselves and deserves to be considered the top fighters in the division.

However, there is a group of young tigers on the rise. There is a running debate among fans about who is a better fighter between Ortiz and Ennis. Some prefer the aggressive, methodical power-punching style of Ortiz. Others like the flashy, speedy, hard-hitting southpaw Ennis.


The question would be answered with two young men fighting each other. However, it’s not a wise move at this point. Ortiz is ranked first by the WBC and WBO. Ennis is ranked third by the WBA and IBF. That means that they are on the verge of a title shot. Golden Boy is positioning their man for a world title. The same goes for Cameron Dunkin, the promoter of Ennis.

It would make for an intriguing contrast in styles. Hardcore fans would love to see it. You suspect that both Ortiz and Ennis believe they will eventually fight. But always keep in mind that this is a business. That kind of potential match has “super-fight” written all over it. Promoters will want to build it up to the nth degree, financially.

Ortiz believes he’s the one to take over the division. Ennis feels destined for greatness and superstardom. As juicy as the matchup looks right now, don’t look for the fight anytime soon.

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By: Michael Wilson Jr.

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