Rising welterweight star Jaron “Boots” Ennis faces his most tough check in pursuit of a world title shot as he headlines his first SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® in opposition to former world champion Sergey Lipinets. These formidable contenders meet in a 12-round, crossroads struggle with welterweight world title implications on Saturday, April 10 reside on SHOWTIME at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT from Mohegan Solar Enviornment in Uncasville, Conn. in a Premier Boxing Champions occasion.
Within the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING co-feature, a pair of hard-hitting welterweights sq. off as Eimantas Stanionis takes one other step up in school as he faces former world title challenger Thomas Dulorme in a 12-round WBA Welterweight Title Eliminator. The telecast opener options IBF Junior Bantamweight World Champion Jerwin “Fairly Boy” Ancajas defending his title in opposition to Jonathan Rodríguez in a 12-round bout.
The occasion is promoted by TGB Promotions. Ennis vs. Lipinets is promoted in affiliation with D&D Boxing.
“Ennis vs. Lipinets is a incredible struggle within the welterweight division that pits an ascending drive in Ennis in opposition to a former world champion in Lipinets,” mentioned Tom Brown, President of TGB Promotions. “It’s a really aggressive struggle that presents an interesting conflict of types and can have massive implications on the way forward for the 147-pound division. One other sensational younger welterweight will search for a profession finest win within the co-feature, as Eimantas Stanionis takes on his hardest check so far within the veteran Thomas Dulorme. Including in 115-pound champion Jerwin Ancajas searching for a powerful ninth title protection in opposition to Mexico’s Jonathan Rodríguez, and all of the elements are in place for an action-packed night time on SHOWTIME April 10.”
Ennis (26-0, 24 KOs) is the newest within the pantheon of excellent Philadelphia fighters, combining elegant boxing expertise with pure energy in each arms. After quite a few appearances on ShoBox: The New Era, the 23-year-old Ennis has graduated to headlining his first SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast. Heading into his final bout in opposition to Chris van Heerden, Ennis was using a streak of 16 consecutive knockouts. That streak ended when the struggle was stopped after the primary spherical because of an unintended conflict of heads that opened a extreme minimize on the brow of Van Heerden.
“I’m excited to be again April 10,” mentioned Ennis. “That is the kind of struggle I’ve been ready for. I can’t wait to carry out and placed on an exquisite present. Y’all will see one thing particular out of me come struggle night time. I’m excited to be the principle occasion. It’s time for me to shine!”
The 31-year-old Lipinets (16-1-1, 12 KOs) established himself as a drive at 140 kilos when he received the IBF world title with a victory over Akihiro Kondo in 2017. He misplaced the title to four-division world champion Mikey Garcia in 2018 after which moved as much as welterweight in 2019. He served discover that he could be a contender at welterweight when he scored a powerful stoppage victory over two-division champion Lamont Peterson in 2019. Born in Kazakhstan and representing Russia, Lipinets now lives in Woodland Hills, California and is educated by famend coach Joe Goossen. Lipinets is coming off a hard-fought majority draw in opposition to undefeated Custio Clayton in October 2020.
“Coaching is grueling and I’m working exhausting with Joe Goossen to be at my finest on struggle night time,” mentioned Lipinets. “We’ve got a troublesome, younger fighter in Ennis who thinks I’m a stepping stone for him. However generally stepping stones journey you up, and I’ll be doing my finest to journey him up on April 10. I’m simply doing my finest to get ready for what I count on to be a canine struggle. Each fan that is aware of boxing is aware of that that is going to be an actual warfare and value tuning in for. I count on we’ll be combating in a telephone sales space at occasions, however I additionally count on him to attempt to use his attain and struggle me at a distance at occasions. However it doesn’t matter what he does, I’ll be prepared for him.”
Stanionis (12-0, 9 KOs) has put collectively a string of spectacular victories as he has climbed up the ranks from prospect to contender. He enters the match in opposition to Dulorme with 4 consecutive knockout victories. The 26-year-old from Lithuania, who now lives and trains in California, seemed spectacular as he picked up three stable victories in 2019, beating Samuel Figueroa by way of unanimous choice and scoring early stoppages in opposition to Julio Cesar Sanchez and Evincii Dixon. The undefeated welterweight has put the division on discover with back-to-back dominating most important occasion performances in November and December 2020, when he notched ninth-round knockouts over Justin DeLoach and Janer Gonzalez respectively.
“That is my first time combating on SHOWTIME and it appears like a dream come true,” mentioned Stanionis. “Dulorme is skilled and has been a very good fighter for a very long time. On paper, that is my hardest struggle, however I’m prepared. I’ll be ready for no matter he brings. With our types, it’s going to be a warfare. I’m able to struggle proper now. Any individual goes down and it doesn’t matter what occurs, the followers are going to win.”
The 31-year-old Dulorme (25-4-1, 16 KOs) has amassed a stable resume at 140 and 147 kilos throughout his profession, climbing into the ring with world champions Yordenis Ugas, Jessie Vargas and Terence Crawford. Born in Marigot, Guadeloupe however combating out of and representing Carolina, Puerto Rico, Dulorme rebounded from a loss to Crawford for a 140-pound title by scoring back-to-back knockouts, adopted by a slim choice loss to prime welterweight Yordenis Ugas. The world title challenger is coming off a unanimous choice loss to Jamal James in his final struggle in August.
“I’m very excited for this struggle on April 10,” mentioned Dulorme. “I got here up quick in my final struggle for the title, however a win in opposition to Stanionis will put me proper again into the place I would like. He’s younger and powerful, however I’ve much more expertise and I’ll present it within the ring and it’ll lead me to victory.”
Representing the Philippines, Ancajas (32-1-2, 22 KOs) was solely 15 years outdated when he was noticed by boxing legend Manny Pacquiao. The younger fighter blossomed with Pacquiao’s steering, turning into the primary world champion underneath Pacquiao’s promotional banner when he outpointed McJoe Arroyo for the IBF World Junior Bantamweight title in September 2016. The 29-year-old southpaw hasn’t misplaced since and might be making the ninth protection of his title when he faces Rodríguez. In his most up-to-date outing in December, Ancajas stopped Miguel Gonzalez in six rounds.
“I’m actually trying ahead to returning to the ring on April 10 for my first struggle on SHOWTIME,” mentioned Ancajas. “Everyone is aware of the good rivalry between the Philippines and Mexico, and I stay up for including one other explosive struggle to that historical past. Combat followers know the place all of the motion fights are proper now, and that’s the 115-pound division. I’m grateful for this chance and I plan to benefit from it.”
Mexico’s Rodríguez (22-1, 16 KOs) was given the nickname “Titan” due to his prodigious energy. Since struggling a disputed split-decision loss to Jose Martin Estrada Garcia in March 2018, the 25-year-old has received six straight, together with a first-round knockout victory over Julian Yedras final December. He might be making his U.S. debut in opposition to Ancajas.
“That is the chance of a lifetime for me,” mentioned Rodríguez. “After I began boxing, it was my dream to struggle for the world title and win it. On April 10, all of my desires and exhausting work will come true once I hear ‘and the brand new IBF champion of the world.’”