The boxing group continues to twiddle their thumbs and wait patiently for the mouthwatering showdown between Terence Crawford and Errol Spence Jr. However whereas their endurance is starting to attract skinny, Vergil Ortiz Jr. and Jaron “Boots” Ennis are slowly however absolutely making their means up the ranks.
With each Spence and Crawford effectively into their 30s, most have pegged Ennis and Ortiz as the following nice welterweight luminaries. However, despite their ever-growing notoriety, Ennis’s star seems to be shining only a tad bit brighter.
In response to Robert Garcia, the previous coach of Ortiz, Ennis, 25, has confirmed his price as one of many division’s must-see fighters. Nevertheless, whereas Ennis continues to benefit from the perpetual reward that’s being heaped upon his shoulders, Garcia admits that if the Philadelphia switch-hitter have been to tackle Ortiz in his subsequent ring outing, most would facet with crew Ennis.
“Proper now, in the event you ask the boxing world, all people goes to say Boots Ennis due to his abilities, he’s obtained energy,” stated Garcia to Younger Billionaire Boxing. “He’s proven that he’s the actual deal. Abilities-wise he packing containers nice, he punches very, very exhausting so, 90% are in all probability going to choose Boots Ennis.”
In an effort to pressure one of many present titleholders to face him within the ring, Ennis (29-0, 27 KOs) made fast work of Custio Clayton earlier this yr, punishing his man to the tune of a second-round knockout victory. Nonetheless, whereas Ennis efficiently nabbed the twenty seventh stoppage win of his younger profession in his twenty ninth look, Ortiz (19-0, 19 KOs) has but to enlist the assistance of the three judges sitting ringside.
Most lately, the bloodthirsty 24-year-old turned the primary man to sully the document of Michael McKinson, stopping the perimeter contender within the ninth spherical of their bout earlier this yr.
Although he’s effectively conscious of Ennis’s general abilities and overarching star energy, Garcia is not keen to summarily dismiss Ortiz’s probabilities at pulling off the victory of their hypothetical matchup. Whereas Ennis could seemingly maintain the sting from a expertise perspective, Garcia is satisfied that the 24-year-old from Dallas, Texas, wouldn’t solely current Ennis with a bevy of points however has all the instruments to defeat him and the remainder of the welterweight division’s elite.
“Vergil has that energy and that coronary heart and that chin that you simply’re going to should kill him to beat him. Boots Ennis goes to have hassle with Vergil. Crawford, Spence, you title any welterweight, could have hassle with Vergil due to his fashion.”