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Story by Ken Hissner


Three of Philly’s top prospects, Jaron Ennis, Darmani Rock and Joshua Jones, all rookies, fought Saturday night, and all three extended their undefeated winning streaks.

Welterweight Jaron “Boots” Ennis, 3-0 (3 KOs), scored his third consecutive first round stoppage, with a KO of Deshawn Debose, 0-5, Milwaukee, WI. The fight at the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA lasted just 20 seconds.

Ennis made his debut in April, stopping Cory “Shadow” Muldrew in 42 seconds. He returned two weeks later with another quick stoppage against Puerto Rican Luis Ramos. His hometown debut lasted 23 seconds.

Ennis' most recent outing was his quickest to date and kept expectations high for the Philly welterweight.

On the same Virginia card, local junior welterweight Joshua Jones, 2-0 (2 KOs), also scored an opening-round stoppage to extend his undefeated streak. Jones won by TKO over Christopher “Rocky” Kuhn, of Charlestown, WV. The quick fight lasted 1:52.

A stablemate of Ennis, Jones also debuted on the same April card, and scored a TKO over Jason Thompson at 2:33 of the third round.

Jones was set to fight on the same Philly show as Ennis in May, before a facial cut suffered while sparring forced him to cancel his bout at the PA Sheet Metal Worker’s Hall, Philadelphia, PA.

Ennis, trained by his father Bozy Ennis, and Jones, trained by Aaron Ford, are both managed by Cameron Dunkin and promoted by Victory Promotions.

In a separate event on Saturday night, Philly heavyweight Darmani Rock, 2-0 (2 KOs), returned for his second straight win, scoring a first round stoppage at 1:46 over 402-pound Bobby Favors, 0-3, of Cincinnati. Rock's quick bout was held at the Marina Bay SportsPlex in Quincy, MA.

Rock stopped Carlos “The D.C. Diamond Cutter” Black, Rockville, MD, in his nationally televised professional debut at the DC Armory in Washington, DC. Darmani secured his first win after just 1:54.

Rock made major waves in the amateur ranks, but turned pro after failing to win the Olympic Trials in December. After numerous offers flooded in, Rock signed a promotional contract with Jay Z's Roc Nation.

Darmani is trained by his father, Wayne "Wiz" Rock at his own Rock Solid Boxing Gym in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia.

All three rising Philadelphians represent the latest generation of Philly fighters. Each of them has huge potential and have the hopes of local fight fans sky high. Only time will tell if Ennis, Jones and Rock can reach the top, but so far, things are looking good.




Ken Hissner - Philadelphia - June 11, 2016