Washington – Rising welterweight star Jaron “Boots” Ennis (30-0, 27 KOs) cruised to a unanimous choice over Karen Chukhadzhian (21-2, 11 KOs) to earn the vacant Interim IBF welterweight title after going 12 rounds for the primary time by the rating of 120-108 thrice.
“I realized to simply take my time and to not rush something,” stated Ennis. “I’m glad I went 12 rounds. It felt nice. I felt I used to be in one of the best form. I simply wanted to throw a bit of extra punches. I ought to have gotten him out of there.”
Philadelphia’s Ennis moved himself one step nearer to a world title alternative towards the cagey and evasive Chukhadzhian. The Ukrainian confirmed deft footwork all through the combat, by no means staying within the pocket lengthy sufficient for Ennis to place mixtures collectively whereas touchdown the occasional counter.
General Chukhadzhian was out landed by a 203 to 97 margin, as Ennis additionally held benefits in accuracy (34% to 17%) and physique photographs (88 to 11). This was Ennis’ first combat that went the gap since 2017.
“He ran loads,” stated Ennis. “Hats off to him since plenty of guys didn’t need to combat me. So shout out to him for coming right here and taking this combat.”
“He had a distinct stage of pace than I’m used to,” stated Chukhadzhian. “I don’t make any excuses although. I want I may have achieved extra to harm him.”
Ennis remained affected person via the championship rounds, as he tried in useless to interrupt down his backpedaling opponent earlier than settling for the choice. With the interim title in tow, Ennis set his sights on unified IBF, WBA and WBC welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr.
“Everybody is aware of I would like Spence,” stated Ennis. “I’ll hold ready till the time is correct and Spence is able to take the combat.”