Ennis Sizes Up Avanesyan – ‘I’ll Beat Him Up’

July 10, 2024
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Ennis Sizes Up Avanesyan - 'I’ll Beat Him Up'

Jaron Ennis faced off with David Avanesyan ahead of his IBF Welterweight Title defense on Saturday. 

Boots returns to Philadelphia for the first time since 2018 live from the Wells Fargo Center. There is an increasing amount of pressure on Ennis to perform following his deal with Matchroom Boxing. He is 31-0 with 28 knockouts to his name. Ennis enters the fight with a win over Roiman Villa. He was scheduled to face Cody Crowley first. However, Crowley withdrew from the fight after having pulled out with an eye injury.

Ennis now faces Avanesyan, who is looking for his first world title. He came up short after getting knocked out by Terence Crawford in 2022. However, that experience will aid him well. Bud went on to become the first Undisputed Welterweight Champion of the four-belt era. Following that loss, he bounced back with a win over Serge Ambomo. Now, he prepares to take on the biggest challenge of his career. The following clip shows the two boxers facing off. Both boxers had plenty to say. 

Ennis Reacts

“I’m excited about collecting all the belts and becoming undisputed. July 13 is going to be fireworks. Don’t miss it. Staying active is the key. Having this time off isn’t going to affect me at all. I just want to get back in the ring. 

“We haven’t had a big fight here in I don’t know how long, this is what the city needs. This homecoming is everything. It’ll be a blessing to walk out in front of my friends and family and ultimately shine. To know that I have my ‘hood and my city behind me, it’s a blessing and I’m going to keep putting on for those guys. What makes me the best in the division? I can do everything, whatever you want, I got it. It’s a better fight than Cody Crowley but I’ll beat him up, break him down and get the knockout,” Ennis stated  

“Many people say ‘you are crazy’ but this is my life. I know only boxing – so you call me to say ‘you are fighting’ and I start training. I think that this is a 50-50 fight. He’s younger, He’s strong, it’s a very good fight,” Avanesyan said

What’s Next?

A win for Ennis takes him to better things. He has been chasing the Terence Crawford fight. He was the IBF mandatory to face him. However, the fight never happened as Crawford was contractually obliged to rematch Errol Spence Jr. While that rematch broke down, Bud was stripped of his belt. That allowed Ennis to become the full champion. But a win over Avanesyan could see him unify at 147 by taking on a fight with Mario Barrios, the WBC champion.

Alternatively, Ennis could move up to 154 to pursue the Crawford fight. But he faces Israil Madrimov on August 3 for the latter’s WBA belt. A win makes him a four-division champion. Bud is chasing the Canelo Alvarez fight at 168, but Ennis could be another option if that does not happen. But to do that, Ennis must continue to win in style to put on the pressure. Crawford is 37, so a fight would only likely happen if a huge purse was put on the table. 

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