By: Hans Themistode
Shawn Porter has heard the thrill. However up till not too long ago, he hasn’t precisely paid shut consideration to it.
Following every Jaron Ennis ring look, the boxing world would point out him as the following large star within the welterweight division. The Philadelphia native would dance round his opponents till he ended issues with one game-changing shot.
Lately, Ennis (27-0, 25 KOs) was tasked with who many believed was his hardest opponent to this point in former 140-pound belt holder Sergey Lipinets. Not solely did Ennis maintain enterprise in opposition to the long-time contender in spectacular style, stopping him within the sixth spherical, however he barely broke a sweat whereas doing so.
After tuning in and giving the 23-year-old his undivided consideration, Porter was left with no selection however to match Ennis to one of many biggest fighters to ever lace up a pair of gloves.
“He’s a welterweight Roy Jones Jr.,” stated Porter on his podcast The Porter Manner Podcast Clips.
Porter, a former two-time welterweight world champion, couldn’t assist however discover the pace, energy and relative ease through which it took Ennis to maintain enterprise in opposition to somebody who is often a sturdy opponent. Within the thoughts of many, they’re intrigued by what Ennis will be capable of do as soon as he faces the elite of the division. Going through Lipinets is one factor, however taking over the likes of Porter, WBO belt holder Terence Crawford and in the end, unified welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr., is one other factor fully.
With that stated, very like Jones Jr., Porter remembers a time when the identical spotlight reel degree knockouts Jones Jr. would rating in opposition to lesser competitors, would proceed to occur even after dealing with the perfect of the perfect. Whereas many imagine on the age of 23, Ennis is the way forward for the welterweight division, in Porter’s opinion, if Ennis is given the chance proper now, the longer term could possibly be lots prior to many understand.
“Roy did it identical to that. After they stepped up the competitors he continued to do it identical to that,” defined Porter. “I’m a Showtime fighter. It don’t matter what time of day it’s. When the lights come on, I’m prepared. I don’t care what I used to be doing two hours earlier than the combat, when the lights come on, I’m prepared and that’s how Jaron is.
“Jaron is simply a type of guys the place, should you put him within the ring with Shawn Porter, you set him within the ring with Errol Spence Jr., and we will all say that he will not be prepared but, nevertheless it’s simply a type of conditions the place he will get within the ring and tonight is that evening for him.”