Jaron Ennis vs. Cody Crowley Set For Purse Bids

Jaron Ennis’ IBF Welterweight Title defense against Cody Crowley has now gone to purse bids for March 19 after both sides failed to agree on a deal. 

Ennis became the full champion after Terence Crawford failed to face Boots, who was his mandatory. Bud was contractually bound to face Errol Spence Jr. in a rematch, as Crawford was stripped. Prior to that, Ennis beat Karen Chukhadzhian to win the IBF Interim Welterweight Title. He defended the belt successfully, stopping Roiman Villa before being elevated to a full champion. 

Under the IBF rules, Ennis is required to make a defense by March 28. Rule 9C states Ennis and Crowley must proceed with the purse bids after both sides failed to meet the March 1 deadline. A purse bid is an auction-like process used to determine who gets to stage the fight, the amount of money allocated to the fighters and how the purse is split. Oleksandr Usyk vs Daniel Dubois went to a purse bid, as did Tyson Fury vs Dillian Whyte.

In this purse bid, the winning bid must have a ten-percent deposit. Then another ten percent is added and the signed agreements must be given to the IBF no later than five business days after the hearing. Ennis will be represented by his father, Bozy Ennis, while TGB Promotions’ Tom Brown will conduct proceedings for Crowley.

Any fighter who pulls out will suffer a drop in rankings and a six-month probation period, preventing them from fighting in an IBF bout. Crowley’s last fight was a majority decision win over Abel Ramos in 2023. If Crowley does not follow through with the fight, Mario Barrios could take his place. Barrios is the WBC Interim Welterweight Champion, as a win puts Boots in line for a shot at Bud’s WBC belt. 

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