How about a Boots Ennis-Danny Garcia Philly showdown in 2021
Jaron “Boots” Ennis has heard it earlier than. His next opponent is supposed to be his hardest opponent and blah, blah, blah. What does Ennis at all times do? He wins.
This time, however, rugged 33-12 months-historic South African southpaw Chris van Heerden may definitely be the hardest opponent Ennis (26-0, 24 knockouts) faces up to now when the two meet in a scheduled 10-round welterweight fight Saturday night on Showtime from the Mohegan solar on line casino in Uncasville, Connecticut.
Van Heerden (28-2-1, 12 KOs) has only been stopped once in his career (by using Errol Spence Jr. in Sept. 2015) and is on a 5-fight successful streak.
“anytime I battle, I hear that it’s purported to be my toughest check, so we’ll see.” Ennis noted. “at the conclusion of the day, I educate challenging and ensure that I’m prepared. I’m able to placed on show and get the win, as at all times. i do know this guy is a southpaw and is a substitute.”
Ennis, 23, has a tough time finding sparring to begin with, however with the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s become that much extra attempting. Ennis is a self-motivator and he feels he’ll be smartly organized for van Heerden.
This combat is gigantic for Ennis as a result of he feels this will be his start-start to a huge 2021.
“i will be able to have those big-name fights obtainable,” Ennis noted. “I want to fight all of those guys obtainable. They don’t need to battle me. A battle like Danny Garcia could be a good combat for me, a great step up. I appreciate Danny and his father Angel. it might be a large battle for Philly.”
And it may make some feel.
Garcia (36-three, 21 KOs) is 3-3 over his last six fights, and could use a signature victory over a quality opponent to continue to be valuable. “Swift” remains a proper-10 welterweight, who’s confirmed he’s first rate, though simply no longer good satisfactory to beat the elite within the division like Errol Spence Jr., Shawn Porter and Keith Thurman. He’s been pushed to the lower back of the 147-pound line. Would beating some additionally-ran with a glossy checklist flow towards the front, and would anyone want to see it?
Ennis is at a stage now in his expert career the place he can compete with the Spences, Porters, Thurmans and Garcias of the welterweight division. nobody is announcing Ennis would win, nor is any individual announcing he would lose, either.
however he has the ability and skill to reside with any person within the higher realm of the welterweight class. All he’s been denied is a chance.
“Boots looks sharp and robust, and one issue about him, Boots is a health club rat who loves figuring out.” spoke of Bozy Ennis, Boots’ father and coach. “Van Heerden is a tricky man. I saw him fight against Spence. He’s a troublesome, long lasting man.
“We’re 2021 being a big 12 months for Boots. Danny Garcia’s team has already pointed out that wouldn’t fight Boots. i like Danny and his father. Danny didn’t even are looking to spar Boots. I do think a fight between Boots and Danny would aid us each.
“A Boots-Garcia fight can be huge in Philly. Danny is my man. He came up in my health club. but I suppose a combat with Danny would be a large support to both of us. It’s something a lot of people would wish to see; i will inform you that.”
Joseph Santoliquito is an award-successful sportswriter who has been working for Ring magazine/RingTV.com considering the fact that October 1997 and is the president of the Boxing Writers association of the usa. He can be adopted on twitter @JSantoliquito.
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