Top Welterweight prospect 🇺🇸Jaron “Boots” Ennis (24-0-0, 22KO) entered 2020 by facing Kazakhstan’s 🇰🇿Bakhtiyar Eyubov (14-1-1, 12KO), in a 10 round bout Friday night on the Claressa Shields vs Ivana Habazin undercard at the Ocean Resort Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Jaron “Boots” Ennis
Record: 25-0-0, 23KO
From: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
KO rate: 92%
Signed: Salita Promotions
Debut: April 30, 2016
Years pro: 4
Trainer: Boxy Ennis
1/10/2020: W (TKO 4) Bakhtiyar Eyubov (14-2-1, 12KO)
Ocean Resort Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Jaron Ennis kicked off his 2020 in impressive fashion and put the welterweight division on notice that he’s long overdue for his shot as a contender.
Fight Review: Ennis stops Eyubov by fourth round TKO. As expected, the skillset of Ennis just head above heels those of the 33 year old Kazakh. Ennis came out aggressive from the beginning, unleashing power shots rapidly and letting hook shots rip to the body of Eyubov. Dropped Eyubov twice and appeared to be on his way to delivering a first round knockout. Let his reach advantage get away in the second and third rounds as Eyubov was able to get inside and land a bit more return fire from then he would have liked, although he attributed some of that to wanting to show he could mix it up. After the third, Eyubov, who was showing fight but also taking a lot of shots, was warned by the ringside doctor that he had one more round to make something happen. Upon seeing the warning, Ennis turned the juice up once again in the fourth round, leading to the stoppage.
As stated previously, Eyubov was tailor made for Ennis but he did his job in getting the knockout, entertaining the crowd and putting the welterweight division on notice that 2020 is his year to make a big jump.
“I’ve been ready. I’ve been ready since I was about 18-0. We’ve been wanting the top guys. You can’t keep running. I’m right here.”
Jan 6, 2020
As opposed to many other prospects who enter the new year looking to improve and fine tune their skill set, Ennis is set to remove the prospect label and fully embrace the role of contender sooner rather than later in the year. Ennis owns a 92% knockout ratio that comes with fourteen consecutive knockouts. He stopped Bolivia’s Franklin Mamani and Aregntian Demian Daniel Fernandez in the first and third rounds respectively in 2019.
The Opposition: Bakhtiyar Eyubov is a native of Kazakhstan who now resides in Houston, Texas. He gained some buzz after a couple of wins, on ShoBox, including an impressive TKO over Jared Robinson in 2016 that was capped off by some crazy dance moves. The 33 year old “Bakha Bullett” has delivered 12 knockouts in his 14 wins but was winless in his two outings of 2019, losing one by eight round decision and fighting to a draw in the other. The best win on Eyubov’s resumè so far came in 2016 against Karim Mayfield by split decision.
Jan 6, 2020
Fight Outlook: The Philadelphia native’s explosiveness, and charisma in the ring, will serve him well in his transition from prospect to contender. Expect to see both Friday night as Ennis is looking to push his way into the mix with the best in the welterweight division. Eyubov appears to be the perfect opponent for Ennis to put on a show against as he has the superior footwork, switch hitting skills and power, to break the Kazakh down over time.
Weigh In Results: Jaron Ennis 145¾ / Bakhtiyar Eyubov 146¼
Jan 10, 2020