Undefeated welterweight contender Jaron ‘Boots’ Ennis 27-0 (25) believes he is ready for the big names in the division following his dominant sixth-round knockout victory over Sergey Lipinets 16-2-1 (12) at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut earlier this month.
The 23-year-old from Philly became the first boxer to stop the tough Lipinets, whose only previous loss was to Mikey Garcia on points over 12 rounds in a competitive bout three years ago.
Now Ennis wants to secure a fight with one of the leading contenders at 147-pounds where Keith Thurman, Shawn Porter and Yordenis Ugas lead the pack.
“I want a top three or top five guy that way it will put me in line for a world title by the end of the year or the beginning of 2022,” Ennis told Brian Custer on the Last Stand Podcast.
“I just want all the great fights and fight all the best fighters and that’s the goal.”
The welterweight division remains one of the deepest in boxing with Manny Pacquiao 62-7-2 (39), Terence ‘Bud’ Crawford 37-0 (28) and Errol ‘The Truth’ Spence Jr 27-0 (21) all holding versions of the world title.
The big names are backed up by a host of hungry young contenders including Vergil Ortiz Jr 17-0 (17), Conor ‘The Destroyer’ Benn 18-0 (12) and Kudratillo Abdukakhorov 18-0 (10).
Ennis believes he has a better skillset than any of them.
“I can box, I fight on the inside, I’m strong, fast, powerful, everything you need I have it and I’m well rounded in everything,” Ennis said.
“I think this division, they’re only good at one thing or two things, but I’m good at everything.
“I haven’t shown the world my full potential, I’ve shown like 30%, 40%. I feel like I really haven’t had to go into my bag yet to show my full potential and in my last fight I was just warming up and I ended up getting a knockout.”
Although he believes he is ready right now to mix it with the best, Ennis understands that he will need to work his ay into the number one contender position to force a fight with one of the titleholders.
Ennis is currently ranked WBC number 12, IBF number nine and WBO number seven. The WBA is the only sanctioning not to rate Ennis in their top 15.
“That’s the goal, fight the best, work my way up, I know I got to work my way up, I know they’re not just going to pick me and fight me and I respect it,” he said.
“I’m going to continue to work my way up to the world title, keep beating everybody they put in front of me and eventually I’ll be a world champion. I figure it will be the end of this year or beginning of 2022.”