Jaron Ennis Signs With Matchoom On A Multi-Fight Deal

IBF Welterweight Champion Jaron Ennis has joined Matchroom Boxing on a multi-fight deal.

Boots’ last boxing bout was a stoppage win against Roiman Villa last July. Since then, he has struggled to find an opponent. A fight with Terence Crawford never materialized. Bud pursued the Errol Spence Jr. rematch, which broke down, rather than facing Ennis, his IBF mandatory at the time.

While Crawford was stripped, making Ennis the full champion, Boots has also had legal troubles. He sued NOW Boxing for a breach of contract. The boxer alleges his four-year agreement was breached. The agreement promised Ennis four fights in the first year, followed by three fights yearly for the rest of his contract.

A fight with Boots’ IBF mandatory Cody Crowley was also scrapped. Purse bids were ordered for March 19, but Crowley will now box Souleymane Cissokho in a WBC Welterweight Title Eliminator. The Matchroom deal provides Ennis with a chance to revive his career. 

“I’m excited for this partnership with Eddie Hearn, Matchroom and DAZN. I can’t wait to continue making my mark and becoming undisputed World champion. I’ve been out of the ring for a year, and I cannot wait to get back in and do what I do best; entertain the fans and put on clinics. There are blockbuster fights on the horizon for me, and I am ready to deliver them,” Ennis said 

Ennis is chasing a fight with Crawford. Bud has not found an opponent since Spence. Canelo Alvarez ruled out a fight, stating he would get no praise for beating a 147 fighter. Sebastian Fundora, the WBO and WBC Junior Middleweight Champion, will likely rematch Tim Tszyu first, even though Bud is the WBO mandatory. Ennis may need to move up to 154 to make that fight, with Crawford unlikely to return to 147. 

“He [Crawford] said a few times he’s not looking my way; I’m not a big enough name. But there’s nobody else left for him to fight. Either you fight me, or you fight nobody,” Ennis stated 

Ennis could also box Conor Benn. Benn is boxing in the US following his two failed VADA tests for Clomiphene. The British Boxing Board of Control won an appeal to reverse the removal of Benn’s suspension by the National Anti-Doping Agency. This prevents him from fighting in the UK until he is cleared and licensed. The Brit has boxed in the US for his last two fights against Rodolfo Orozco and Peter Dobson. They could fight since Benn and Ennis are both with Matchroom. Benn talked up the fight, sharing a made-up fight poster.

Despite those claims, Hearn expects Ennis to face Crowley next. Now, purse bids for that bout have been set for April 23.

Ennis will be desperate to get active again, and the Matchroom deal may help him do that. 

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