Villa Will Attack Ennis, Boots Wants Stanionis, And Thurman Eyes Boots

Roiman Villa has indicated his intention to go on the front foot against Jaron Ennis, as they square off for the latter’s IBF interim welterweight title. 

Such a move may play into Ennis’ hands, as he is known for being a knockout artist. Out of his 31 fights, 27 have ended by way of knockout as one was ruled a no contest. 

However, in his last fight against Karen Chukhadzhyan, the latter went the distance. 

That could be an advantage for Villa, who is known for causing upsets. In his last fight, he upset the odds by beating Rashidi Ellis in a majority decision.

The latter had been targeting a bout with Ennis, as he remained undefeated until he lost to Villa.

And given that Villa has a massive opportunity, since the winner would be a mandatory to face Errol Spence Jr. or Terence Crawford, the boxer is putting everything on the line. 

“I’ve been preparing for the past four or five months. If I were to go in there and just run around the ring and being scared, that would be disrespectful to the fans and a total waste of the preparation that I’ve made for four or five months because if you’re going to fight like that then what’s the point?” Villa

Ennis Targets Stanionis

Meanwhile, Ennis has also opened up to the idea of fighting the WBA ‘regular’ champion Eimantas Stanionis.

The latter was meant to fight Vergil Ortiz Jr, only for the bout to be cancelled once again.

Ortiz Jr. had fainted and was taken to hospital after struggling to make weight. And given that Ortiz Jr. will most likely move to 154 lbs on his return, Ennis left the door open for a fight with Stanionis.

“Definitely, but I got business to handle on Saturday night. After I handle my business, then we can talk about fighting that guy. Right now, my main focus is Villa,” Ennis said 

Thurman Wants Boots

Another man waiting in the wings is Keith Thurman. ‘One Time’ has been linked with a fight against Yordenis Ugas in August.

However, if that fight were to fall through, Thurman let it be known that Ennis was on his radar.

And as the 34-year-old is at the latter stages of his career, there are not too many big fights out there for the former unified welterweight champion. 

“If Boots Ennis is who I Got to see to feed my family on my next check, sign it. Like I said, man. At the top, there are only so many moving pieces, and I’ve worked hard to be in a position of power like many fighters have in the past.

“There ain’t no shame in my game. I’ll tell it how it is, you know?” Thurman

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