Jaron “Boots” Ennis (27-0-0 25 KOs) continues to climb the welterweight ladder, this time with a knockout of a former champion.
Ennis faced off with Sergey Lipinets (16-2-1 12 KOs) in a matchup of highly ranked welterweight contenders. Lipinets was a former IBF champion at super lightweight and moved up to chase a new title at welterweight. He was widely believed to be the biggest test of Ennis’s career to date.
It was one he passed with vicious efficiency. Ennis was loose and comfortable from the beginning of the fight and did not take long to start teeing off on Lipinets. He fought back and an aggressive Ennis had to eat a few shots for his trouble, but the toll was higher for his opponent. Both fighters were in the pocket from round 1 on and it was clear this was a fight, not a boxing match that was poised to go to a decision.
It was the 4th round when finally Lipinets defense wore down and he hit the canvas, floored by an uppercut. He bounced up quickly, but that was an indication that things were going to go from bad to worse for Lipinets. n the 6th round a thunderous left hand all but lifted Lipinets off of his feet and onto the floor, with the referee waving off the fight immediately. You can watch the highlights of the fight here, and listen to the always enthusiastic Mauro Ranallo on the call.
It was another victory for Ennis who is undeniably one of the best in the weight class, and now is looking for a fight with some gold attached to it. Rumors are currently swirling about the Philadelphia fighter squaring up with the WBA champion Yordenis Ugas, former champion Keith Thurman, or maybe even fellow undefeated prospect Vergil Ortiz.
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