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Jaron Ennis: The Welterweight division's new nightmare

Kyle Glombowski Updated
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The Welterweight division has been put on notice.

On the night before Halloween, Jaron ''Boots'' Ennis (28-0, 26 KOs, 1 NC) turned in a terrifying and monstrous performance against veteran Thomas Dulorme (25-5-1, 16 KOs) at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Nevada.

Jaron Ennis stole the show in the co-main event of the PBC on Showtime broadcast. It took him only a minute to hurt and drop the welterweight gatekeeper with a vicious counter-overhand right landing just above the ear of Dulorme.

Boots went right after the visibly hurt 31-year-old, switching stances and firing off a lightning-fast combination, ending with a perfectly timed straight left that ultimately sent the Puerto Rican reeling back onto the canvas.

Dulorme made an effort to get up, but couldn't rely on his legs as he lost his balance and forced referee Mike Ortega to mercifully wave off the contest with over a minute left in the first round.

In just 109 seconds, the welterweight prospect recorded his 26th knockout and 11th first-round stoppage in only 28 professional bouts.

The 24-year-old Philadelphia native entered the professional ranks in 2016, under the tutelage of his father and former prizefighter Derek ''Bozy'' Ennis. With his unorthodox and crowd-pleasing style, Boots has ascended the status of one of the most highly touted prospects in boxing, and should now be considered one of the biggest threats to the current titleholders of the talent enriched welterweight division.

After yet another one-sided performance, one must think Boots is looming over a title shot within his next few fights.

In his only other outing of 2021, Ennis passed his biggest test to date as he dismantled former light-welterweight champion Sergey Lipinets, finishing the former IBF titleholder in just six rounds. His ability to alternate between orthodox and southpaw stances, throw powerful, accurate combinations and his blazing hand speed makes him one of the most exciting fighters to watch in the 147-pound weight class.

Ennis is currently ranked in the top ten of every major boxing organization's rankings, and a title eliminator seems to make sense at this point. He has the talent and potential to challenge any champion at 147 pounds, but it would serve him better if he fought a few more times before challenging for a title.

His best shot would be at current WBA champion Yordenis Ugas, but he's tied up with the WBA tournament. With Errol Spence recovering from a torn retina, and Terence Crawford set to lock horns with Shawn Porter on November 20th, Ennis could take a title eliminator against fellow red hot prospect Vergil Ortiz Jr. in a fight that would be sure to electrify.

Ennis is on fire right now, but the lack of support from a major promoter has kept him from being recognized as a household name, even though he is one of the most exciting fighters in the sport. He has all the tools necessary to become a major PPV draw if he was marketed properly.

He needs to consider teaming up with a major promoter to help him realize his full potential. With proper management, he could have been included in the WBA's four-man tournament, which started this past Saturday night with the main event following Boots' first-round destruction of Dulorme, and will continue with the winner of Ugas-Stanionis fighting Radzhab Butaev to decide the true WBA welterweight champion.

With no promotional advantages and his recent string of frightening finishes, he is going to have a hard time getting any big names to share a ring with him. He is awkward and dangerous, averaging less than three rounds per fight and none of his opponents have survived past the sixth.

The top of the division has good reason to avoid him, and without the help of a good promoter, they will probably continue to treat him like he's the welterweight "Candyman" and avoid saying his name at all costs.

 

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