Showtime televise within the USA this Saturday night time, and the Mohegan Solar On line casino in Uncasville, Connecticut, is the setting the place some stable prospects are in motion.
High of the invoice is 23-year-old Philadelphian, Jaron Ennis (26-0, KO24, 1NC) and he makes a step up at school when he meets former world champion, Sergey Lipinets (16-1-1, KO12), over a scheduled 12 rounds at welterweight.
For Ennis that is his huge likelihood to make an announcement, and put the belt holders at 147lbs on discover as he makes an attempt to really gate crash the division within the close to future.
‘Boots’ is within the prime 15 within the rankings of every of the WBC, IBF and WBO, and a win over the robust Russian will definitely improve his credentials.
Ennis had a busy 2020 schedule by present requirements, combating 3 times. He started with a January fourth spherical stoppage of Bakhtiyar Eyubov, and adopted that up with arguably the perfect win of his profession, stopping Juan Carlos Abreu, who hadn’t beforehand been halted, in six rounds.
Ennis was final out in December 2020, however it was a irritating night time for him, as his tilt on the vacant IBO belt ended within the first spherical, as Chris van Heerden suffered a reduce from a conflict of heads that dominated him out of the competition.
The 32-year-old ought to present an excellent take a look at of Ennis’ ambitions. Born in Kazakhstan, a Russian nationwide residing in California, Lipinets has grown into the welterweight division after a brief spell as IBF Tremendous Light-weight champion in November 2017, decisioning Akihiro Kondo in Brooklyn.
His sole defeat up to now got here in his following bout, as Mikey Garcia dropped Lipinets within the seventh on the way in which to a large factors win.
A transfer up in weight got here with a stable tenth spherical stoppage of Lamont Peterson, however his progress was checked in his final combat, as he was held to a majority draw with the unbeaten Custio Clayton for the Interim IBF crown.
Prediction: Ennis is a extremely regarded expertise, and a win right here over Lipinets could be a step in the suitable course in direction of world titles.
It gained’t be a straightforward nights’ work although and Ennis will try to put the warmth on his opponent early on, earlier than seemingly having to accept a large win on the playing cards.
There may be additionally world title motion on the invoice, as lengthy serving IBF tremendous flyweight champion, Jerwin Ancajas (32-1-2, KO22) makes a ninth defence of his crown in opposition to Mexico’s Jonathan Javier Rodriguez (22-1, KO16).
Ancajas is an all motion fighter, a lot within the mould of his fellow Filipino, Manny Pacquiao, and he gained the belt in September 2016, dropping McJoe Arroyo earlier than taking a choice.
He impressed in his first few defences, together with a sixth spherical steamrollering of Jamie Conlan in Belfast, however he has considerably stuttered since, together with a break up attract September 2018 in opposition to Alejandro Barrios. He has appeared higher since, scoring two early wins, his final coming in December 2019, with a sixth spherical stoppage of Miguel Gonzalez.
25-year-old Rodriguez has by no means fought outdoors his homeland, and his document doesn’t give a lot hope for the upset right here. He was final out in December 2020, knocking out Julian Yedras inside a spherical.
Ancajas’ excessive output ought to grind Rodriguez down within the championship rounds for a late stoppage win.
One other sizzling prospect is Eimantas Stanionis (12-0, KO9), and the California-based Lithuanian has an actual acid take a look at on his arms as he meets former world title challenger, Thomas Dulorme (25-4-1, KO16) over a scheduled twelve at welterweight.
Stanionis has impressed up to now in his fledgling profession, and the previous beginner standout was final seen in December 2020, knocking out Janer Gonzalez in 9 rounds.
Dulorme challenged for the WBO belt in April 2015 at tremendous light-weight, however was stopped in six by the superb Terence Crawford.
He has been in patchy kind since, profitable three of his final six outings. His final was in August final yr, dropping a WBA interim title match with Jamal James on the playing cards.
Stanionis ought to have the ability to draw back down the stretch for a transparent factors win.
Son of the legend, Evan Holyfield (5-0, KO4) takes half in a brilliant welterweight 4 rounder, the place he might have the scorecards to see off the by no means beforehand stopped Nicholas Compton (2-3, KO0).
Lastly at featherweight, Filipino, Mark Magsayo (21-0, KO14) can take a transparent factors win in opposition to Pablo Cruz (21-3, KO6) over ten.