Jaron Ennis passed his latest test with flying colors as he knocked out Sergey Lipinets with a nearly flawless performance.
Ennis (27-0, 25 KOs) starred in his first main event on Showtime and made the most of his platform. The 23-year-old from Philadelphia won every round in a dominant performance against a fighter that’s not used to being toyed with. Ultimately, Lipinets was child’s play for Ennis as he knocked Lipinets out at the end of round 6.
Lipinets (17-2-1, 12 KOs) is the former IBF junior welterweight champion, but he moved up to welterweight after losing his title to Mikey Garcia in 2018. He won three fights in a row before fighting to a draw against Custio Clayton in October.
Lipinets felt that Ennis was over-confident, but Ennis proved that he’s the most promising welterweight on the rise.
— SHOWTIME Boxing (@ShowtimeBoxing) April 11, 2021
Ennis has never been past six rounds in his five-year professional boxing career. Lipinets was Ennis’ toughest test on paper, but in the ring, he was just another opponent. Lipinets was lost from the opening bell as he was perplexed by Ennis’ constant switching of stances.
Ennis fought as a southpaw for most of the fight, although he’s billed as an orthodox fighter. He switched positions at will, but southpaw is where he did the most damage.
Ennis showed a little bit of everything. For the first few rounds, he danced around the ring as Lipinets chased him. Ennis would strategically stand his ground and flash his lightning hand speed to score on Lipinets.
Jaron Ennis is more than worthy of a title shot but will likely be avoided until someone vacates a title or he becomes a mandatory challenger.
By round 3, Ennis unloaded an all-out body assault led by his lead right hook from the southpaw stance. Ennis’s hand speed was reminiscent of The Matrix as a befuddled Lipinets got hit high and low.
Ironically in round 4, Lipinets hit the canvas from a cuffing punch that referee Arthur Mercante Jr. ruled a knockdown. Lipinets actually tripped over Ennis’s lead foot, but Ennis still got the extra point.
Things got a little testy in round 5. Ennis hurt Lipinets to the body with a hook, and Lipinets retaliated with a low blow that Ennis immediately reacted to. Lipinets received a stern warning. Ennis started to vocalize as he threw his punches. He insisted to FanSided after the fight that his aggression didn’t change because of the low blow, but his punches certainly had more steam.
Lipinets continued to get beat up in round 6. He almost made it out of the round, but he got trapped against the ropes with seconds remaining. That’s all Ennis needed to knock out Lipinets with a right hook and left uppercut to the head. As soon as Lipinets went down, it was clear he wasn’t getting back up.
At 32 years old and with two losses, Lipinets’ boxing future is murky. He’s a skilled fighter but undersized for a welterweight. He would be better off attempting a run at junior welterweight.
Things couldn’t have gone better for Ennis from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT. Ennis honored the recently deceased DMX by walking out to “What’s My Name?” He made his hometown of Philadelphia and his supporters proud with his excellent victory.
Ennis showed tremendous power, speed and skill that has to put him at the highest ranks of the welterweight division at this point. Ennis might be the most complete fighter in the division. The only question is, who wants to fight him? Whoever accepts his challenge is brave.