Boots Ennis Will Face David Avanesyan After Cody Crowley’s Withdrawal

Jaron Ennis will defend his IBF Welterweight Title against David Avanesyan on July 13 after his original opponent Cody Crowley pulled out.

Crowley withdrew after failing a pre-fight eye exam. The boxer had emergency double eye surgery last year, which left Ennis with around six weeks to find a replacement. Boots is having his first fight in his hometown of Philadelphia since 2018. Ennis stopped Raymond Serrano in the second round on that occasion.

His last fight was a tenth-round stoppage victory against Roiman Villa. That made him mandatory for Terence Crawford. But since Bud did not defend against him due to the Errol Spence Jr. rematch, which broke down, Boots became the full champion. 

Avanesyan is an experienced operator with a 30-4-1 record. He has fallen short at the elite level, losing to Lamont Peterson and Crawford. But with 18 KOs to his name, he is a tough test. He stopped Serge Ambomo in his last fight, making his opponent retire.

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