One of boxing’s best pound-for-pound prospects, welterweight Jaron “Boots” Ennis, is officially set to headline an April 10th Showtime tripleheader against super lightweight champion Sergey Lipinets at Uncasville, CN’s Mohegan Sun.
Ennis (26-0, 24 KO) will be looking to wash the sour taste of his December no contest against Chris Van Heerden out of his mouth; the result snapped a 16-fight finishing streak that included a four-round mauling of Bakhtiyar Eyubov. He won’t be doing so against a gimme, however; Lipinets (16-1-1, 12 KO) is as game as they come and looks to have finally acclimated to the welterweight division. He was last seen battling Custio Clayton to an entertaining draw.
“I’m excited to be back April 10,” said Ennis. “This is the type of fight I’ve been waiting for. I can’t wait to perform and put on a beautiful show. Y’all will see something special out of me come fight night. I’m excited to be the main event. It’s time for me to shine!”
“Training is grueling and I’m working hard with Joe Goossen to be at my best on fight night,” said Lipinets. “We have a tough, young fighter in Ennis who thinks I’m a stepping stone for him. But sometimes stepping stones trip you up, and I’ll be doing my best to trip him up on April 10. I’m just doing my best to get prepared for what I expect to be a dog fight. Every fan that knows boxing knows that this is going to be a real war and worth tuning in for. I expect we’ll be fighting in a phone booth at times, but I also expect him to try to use his reach and fight me at a distance at times. But no matter what he does, I’ll be ready for him.”
The co-feature will also see a promising welterweight take a step up, as Eimantas Stanionis meets veteran Thomas Dulorme. The 26-year-old Stanionis (12-0, 9 KO) managed to cram two fights into the last two months of 2020, smashing Justin DeLoach in November before doing the same to Janer Gonzalez shortly thereafter. He’s entertaining and clearly talented, but unquestionably faces a stiff test in Dulorme (25-4-1, 16 KO); even coming off a loss and without a true signature victory, the Puerto Rican has proven a tough out for practically anyone at 147.
The press release calls the matchup a “WBA title eliminator,” though what that means isn’t entirely clear, as Stanionis is ranked 10th.
“This is my first time fighting on Showtime and it feels like a dream come true,” said Stanionis. “Dulorme is experienced and has been a good fighter for a long time. On paper, this is my toughest fight, but I’m ready. I’ll be prepared for whatever he brings. With our styles, it’s going to be a war. I’m ready to fight right now. Somebody is going down and no matter what happens, the fans are going to win.”
“I’m very excited for this fight on April 10,” said Dulorme. “I came up short in my last fight for the title, but a win against Stanionis will put me right back into the position I want. He’s young and strong, but I have a lot more experience and I will show it in the ring and it will lead me to victory.”
As revealed yesterday by Ryan Songalia, Jerwin Ancajas (32-1-2, 22 KO) will open the broadcast against mandatory challenger Jonathan Rodriguez (22-1, 16 KO). The Filipino champ has held the IBF super flyweight title since 2016 and recently claimed an interest in unifying against Kazuto Ioka, but he’ll have to deal with Rodriguez first.
“I am really looking forward to returning to the ring on April 10 for my first fight on Showtime ,” said Ancajas. “Everybody knows the great rivalry between the Philippines and Mexico, and I look forward to adding another explosive fight to that history. Fight fans know where all the action fights are right now, and that’s the 115-pound division. I’m thankful for this opportunity and I plan to make the most of it.”
“This is the opportunity of a lifetime for me,” said Rodríguez. “When I started boxing, it was my dream to fight for the world title and win it. On April 10, all of my dreams and hard work will come true when I hear ‘and the new IBF champion of the world.’”