Via Sam Volz: Unbeatable heavyweight contender Jaron ‘Boots’ Ennis (29-0.27 KOs) put an exclamation point on the declared match he was looking for on Saturday night with a scorching knockout win in the second round before Custio Clayton (19-1-1, 12 KOs) in a 147-lb IBF title stripping test at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California.
Ennis, 24, landed a stunning right arm on Canadian Clayton’s head, knocking him out in the second round.
To his credit, Clayton got up again despite his severe injuries. However, the 34-year-old couldn’t stagger in the ring, so the referee had to catch up.
Even a well after the game was paused, 2012 track athlete Clayton didn’t notice it.
Victory for undefeated Ennis makes him a required challenger to IBF welterweight champion Errol ‘The Truth’ Spence Jr, and there’s an outside chance we could watch that bout in this year.
Spence is hoping to take on WBO champion Terence Crawford for the undisputed 147 lb championship, but if that fight doesn’t play out, Boots Ennis will be in the picture, potentially.
Boots Ennis set a high with his win over Clayton and we’ll have to see if tonight’s main bout between IBF/WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Jermell Charlo and WBO champion Brian Castano by can be measured in some way.
This writer had his doubts, as neither of those two possessed the same kind of talent that Ennis had for him. The way Boots Ennis looks tonight, he can slip into the main event and easily work with Jermell or Castano like he did with Clayton.
Not only is Ennis a future world champion, but he’s also some kind of elite fighter that we haven’t seen in a long time.
Clayton made the big mistake of crouching in front of Ennis, which left him at the mercy of his talented opponent. Boots loves to hit chops, and Clayton should have known better than to go low.
If Spence wants to try and prove he’s still #1 at 147, he might want to consider pausing the fight with Crawford and hitting Boots Ennis first. He looks like a better boxer than Crawford, and much more dangerous.
Do not misunderstand me. Crawford was an excellent boxer, one of the best in the 147 lb division, but he wasn’t a born weight like Boots. The difference in power between Boots and Crawford was huge, and it was overwhelming for the Nebraska natives.