Boots is one of the leading welterweights, second to Terence Crawford, who became the first undisputed welterweight champion of the four-belt era after stopping Errol Spence Jr. Their rematch clause meant Crawford could not face Ennis, who was his mandatory. Bud was stripped as Ennis became the full IBF champion.
Boots is undefeated with 31 wins, which includes 28 knockouts. He is currently with PBC, but a move with Matchroom Boxing may occur. Ennis’ chances of getting into a fight with Crawford are slim since Bud is expected to vacate and fight Spence at 154 pounds. That leaves Ennis with fewer options. He is also known widely in the US, so a move with Matchroom could expand his presence in the UK.
“We need to get Ennis to that [star level] – it’s only going to take six to twelve months. We’ve made him offers. I don’t know if anything will happen, but we’d love it. One of the comments from ‘Bozy’ was, ‘Can Matchroom deliver us the other champions?’. Can anyone? Because he’s that good. The other champions will not want to fight Ennis because his profile’s not big enough,” Hearn said
The sticking point with Matchroom is their lack of proper welterweights to match Ennis with. Hearn has Devin Haney, but he is unlikely to face Ennis anytime soon, even if he moves up to 147. As for Ryan Garcia, his future with DAZN is uncertain following his decision to face Rolando Romero instead of Haney. So Hearn will have a challenging task to deliver for Ennis.