By Craig Page: Coach Derek Bozy Ennis said his son, Jaron ‘Boots’ Ennis will fight on December 17, possibly against Emantas Stanionis.
Bozy wants #1 IBF Boots (29-0, 27 KOs) to fight two to three times a year, but so far, he has only fought once in 2023, knocking out Custio Clayton in the second round of May last.
According to Bozy, Errol Spence Jr vs. Terence Crawford fought things up in the heavyweight class against Boots Ennis. Everyone is waiting for this fight to happen so they can have a shot at one or all four titles at 147.
Boots, 25, is the IBF’s mandatory for Spence’s belt, and he wants his shot at that title. They have already asked the IBF for Boots Ennis to fight Spence for this belt, especially now that his fight with Crawford is not happening this year. Crawford signed to fight David Avanesyan on December 10th.
Bozy said they asked Avanesyan to fight, but he refused. Ennis wants everyone in the top five. Well, they want to fight former WBA/WBC welterweight champion Keith ‘One Time’ Thurman, but he wants $10 million to fight Boots Ennis, according to Bozy.
Don Thurman asking for this much money on a candidate tells you how proud he is of him.
It may be unrealistic for Boots & Bozy to hope that Thurman will fight him because the 33-year-old ‘One Time’ is unlikely to fight again, and it seems that he has lost his ambition.
If Spence or Crawford are going to stay at 147 for a long time, they will need to fight Boots Ennis because they can’t stay on their titles forever, as if they are permanent belts that don’t need to work to hold. .
Top five welterweight contenders:
- Vergil Ortiz
- Conor Benn
- Yordenis Ugaas
- David Avanesyan
- Keith Thurman
“Boots just got knocked out, so he’s #1 for the IBF,” Derek Bozy Ennis told In This Boxing Corner 24 when Jaron ‘Boots’ Ennis was asked. “We only fought once this year against a Canadian kid [Custio Clayton last May].
“We want to fight twice, three times a year, and we don’t want that [inactivity for Boots]. So I talked to [Showtime executive Stephen] Espinoza told him, ‘We need to fight. Get us something in December or something.’
“We are supposed to fight in December on the 17th of December or something like that. I told him we wanted someone in the top five. We will not go back. We’re not going to ten or nine or anything like that.
“We want the top five, six, or seven, and that’s it [Espinoza] he said, ‘That’s what we’re going to do, but he said we’ll see where Spence and Crawford come from.’ What he said. Now, we find out where they come from.
“Crawford is going to fight this kid [David] Avanesyan. This is what we wanted to say, but he kicked us out. We have been looking for it. He should fight [Vergil] Ortiz once, but Ortiz rejected him. That’s what I heard.
“We [Boots Ennis] love everyone in the top five. We asked them all. So that’s what we’re waiting for. I don’t know who he is [Espinoza] He will find us, but he will find someone else.
“With the way, it goes with Spence and Crawford, we can get it [WBA ‘regular’ welterweight champion Emantas] Stanionis. We can have it, or we have to [Keith] Thurman. I hope we get one of them.
“Thurman wanted $10 million to fight Boots. Come on man. You didn’t get ten million. Why do you want ten million to fight Boots? I know it’s high risk, low reward, but you’ve never fought ten million Pacquiaos.
“We don’t want to wait because Boots is always at the gym. He’s been there all week,” Bozy said.