PHILLY BOXING HISTORY - April 10, 2021  
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Story by John DiSanto
Photos by Amanda Westcott / Showtime


Philly's hottest rising contender Jaron "Boots" Ennis took another step toward a world welterweight title shot when he scored an impressive sixth-round TKO over experienced Sergey Lipinets, Saturday night at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT. The scheduled 12-rounder was nationally televised live by Showtime.

Lipinets, a former IBF junior welterweight champion, was Ennis' most seasoned opponent thus far and figured to be Jaron's toughest test to date. However, you'd never know this while watching the fight. Ennis dominated the entire bout, displaying his speed, power, and killer instinct from the opening bell.

Lipinets did manage to land a handful of hard power shots to Jaron's head, but the rising star brushed off these punches and stayed on track to score the biggest win of his career. Still the gaps in Ennis' defense showed that this talented boxer of the future, is not yet a perfect fighting machine.

As usual, Ennis switched effortlessly from a right-handed stance to left handed throughout the fight. He landed easily from both sides, but seemed most effective as a southpaw.

In round four, Lipinets hit the canvas after Ennis swiped him with a left uppercut. Referee Arthur Mercante, Jr. called it a knockdown, but replays revealed that it was a slip after the fighters tangled feet just before the uppercut launched. Regardless, Ennis kept coming at Lipinets.

Jaron was so aggressive that he seemed to be loading up every punch with knockout power. This may be another (minor) flaw in Ennis' game, but it sure makes him fun to watch. Despite his enviable skills as a boxer and a technician, Ennis is clearly a knockout artist at heart.

His latest knockout came in round six. Ennis fought the entire round as a southpaw and his punches were lethal. Lipinets trudged forward and kept throwing his own shots, but the steady pounding coming his way slowly took him apart. After dishing several power shots over the first two minutes of the round, Ennis landed the fight-ending series - a right uppercut, a jarring right hook, and a left uppercut/hook all landed and sent Lipinets down on his back.

Referee Mercante looked down at Lipinets and waved an end to the fight without a count. The time of the knockout was 2:11 of round six. The win improved Ennis's record to 27-0, with 25 KOs and 1 No Decision. Lipinets, 16-2-1, 12 KOs, was knocked out for the first time in his career.

Overall, it was another impressive outing for Ennis. He's getting very close to a world title shot, and after a few adjustments in the gym, Jaron and his father / trainer Bozy Ennis should be ready to take on the world.




John DiSanto - Uncasville, CT (via Showtime) - April 10, 2021