It has come to pass that, often times, a debut on “ShoBox” equals the unveiling of a future world champion. The Showtime mainstay is masterful at uncovering future stars, with 74 current and former world champions making their first impressions on the platform. Sure, this ShoBox tripleheader (featuring six prospects with a combined record of 82-1) may not have much fanfare, in terms of name recognition, but, for competitive matchmaking, ShoBox can’t be beat. The feature fighter, this time, is Philly native Jaron Ennis 20-0 (18), unless he is upended by fellow unbeaten prospect Armando Alvarez 18-0 (12). This is a real possibility, given ShoBox is responsible for handing the first career loss to around 150 boxers! Which bracket, winner or loser, Jaron Ennis falls into tonight will likely determine his world title aspirations.
Tonight’s battle of unbeaten welterweight prospects (10 p.m. ET/PT, WinnaVegas Casino & Resort, Sloan, Iowa) is slated for 10 rounds, making it a big step for Ennis, who has never been past six rounds. This should not surprise, given Ennis is on a 10-fight knockout streak. Putting punches together to finish off the opposition was learned in the Philly gym wars, and the amateurs, in which Ennis became a National Golden Gloves Champion. Ennis had a standout amateur career, notching an impressive record of 58-3 on the tough East Coast circuit. In 2015 Ennis was the No. 1-rated amateur at 141 pounds, narrowly missing out on a chance to represent the United States at the 2016 Olympics, losing a box-off to Gary Antuanne Russell, at the Olympic Trials.
Undefeated welterweight/junior middleweight prospect Jaron “Boots” Ennis
Reserved and likable outside the ring, and a bit brash inside it, Ennis just turned 21 and is trained by his father Derek “Bozy” Ennis. The Ennis family has been represented on ShoBox before, with Derek Jr. winning in 2007, while Farah Ennis suffered his first career defeat to Badou Jack, in 2013. Jaron appreciates the history of ShoBox, “It’s great to follow in my brothers’ footsteps, and I am ready to take the Ennis last name to the next level. This is the opportunity I have been waiting for. I can’t wait to show the world my talent. A win on this platform would mean everything. From here on out, I want to fight only the big names in the division. I feel grateful for this opportunity to show the world my talents and skills.”
In March Ennis was honored in his hometown, receiving the Bennie Briscoe Award for most promising young boxer. John DiSanto, founder of the Briscoe Awards, was effusive in his praise for the last Ennis, “Jaron Ennis has every Philly boxing fan excited. He is the real thing, and, at the rate he’s going, he’ll be fighting for the title in another year.” Only two years ago Jaron was on the same stage accepting the “Amateur of the Year” Award, and was named “Rookie of the Year” last year. Ennis was humble, and looking forward to …read more