Welterweight Jaron “Boots” Ennis held a media day on Tuesday ahead of his upcoming IBF interim world title fight against lesser-known but highly ranked by the IBF Karen Chukhadzhian in the co-main event of a SHOWTIME PPV on Saturday, January 7 headlining a SHOWTIME PPV from Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C. in an event presented by Premier Boxing Champions.
It is clear that Ennis’ team want this fight for one thing, political power. They want to force an Errol Spence Jr. fight, as he holds the WBA, WBC and IBF world titles at welterweight despite only fighting once in 2022, and 2020 with 2021 being a year of complete inactivity.
“I feel like Errol Spence Jr. would fight me. I’m going in there with the intention of winning the interim title, then fighting Errol next. I think we can make it happen,” said Ennis.“I’ll move up to 154 pounds at some point for sure. I’m strong and I can move up and down if I have to. I’ll fight anyone at 154 or 147.”
Jaron Ennis’ father, “Bozy” had this to say.
“I don’t watch the opponents, I let Jaron’s brothers do that. I watch the first round of the fight and then I go from there. If you start looking at one fighter too much, you can get into a bad situation if they get hurt and have to be replaced. We train to face any kind of style,” said “Bozy” Ennis. “We took our time. We’ve waited around. The only thing holding us up is that we knew Spence was the mandatory, but we knew he was working on the fight with Terence Crawford. We’re definitely looking to fight three times next year now.”
Ennis fought only once in 2022, and that fight lasted a round and a half. Often considered the most exciting and promising young fighter in boxing, it is clear no one is eagerly willing to give him a chance at stardom.
“I haven’t watched any footage of my opponent but my team has been watching him. We have a game plan for what he does well,” said “Boots”.“I’m definitely excited to have people coming from Philly down to D.C. for the fight. It’s only a couple hours away, so you’ll definitely hear Philly in the building.”
Ennis is one of the few fighters in boxing who it is clear is actively seeking major fights, now it is simple - will the political powers that be, grant him the fights.