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Ennis vs. Crowley: Boots Comes Home, Eyes of Crawford – Latest Boxing News


IBF welterweight champion Jaron “Boots” Ennis will return to his hometown of Philadelphia against challenger Cody Crowley on July 13th.

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Unification battles and transition to 154

Once Boots Ennis (31-0, 28 KOs) dispatches Crowley (22-0, 9 KOs), he could have back-to-back undisputed fights against WBA champion Eimantas Stanionis and WBC champion Mario Barrios if his promoter Eddie Hearn can arrange the fights .

Hearn wants to quickly line up these fights for Boots and then have him move up to 154 pounds for a mega-fight against Terence Crawford. This is a match that will transform the 26-year-old Ennis into a superstar, defeating the former two-time undisputed champion.

By then, Crawford will be a year older, around 38, and by the time the fight comes next year or early 2026, he may not have much left in the tank. It would be in Crawford's best interest to fight Boots now rather than wait a year. or two, because by then he might be too old to turn back the young phenomenon.

“How the hell didn’t Boots Ennis box and headline in Philly? Is it laziness? Do you want to leave it in the box?” Promoter Eddie Hearn asked the media about IBF welterweight champion Jaron “Boots” Ennis defending against Cody Crowley in his hometown on July 13 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

Boots has been wrestling all over the place for the past six years and his promoters have failed to take advantage of his abilities by keeping him active as much as he should have been. Despite his talent, he is not a big name, which is one of the reasons why Crawford has shown no interest in fighting him.

“I think by the end of today we will be 8,000 (tickets sold). We have nine weeks left until the event,” Hearn said. “For special fighters, that's when you can get the best out of them, making them feel like a star.

“I want to see him beat Crowley and then team up against Stanionis, Barrios and the like. His Excellency has already said that he likes the Terence Crawford – Boots Ennis fight. I took him for a checkup. He knows his boxing. It's about Terence, he knows too.

“Terence thinks he can beat anyone and he's great at weight classes. He's a legend of the sport, but he also knows his boxing and knows how good Boots Ennis is. He will fight him, but only for the big bag. But we have to make the fight big enough for someone to pay a big amount,” Hearn said of the Crawford-Ennis fight.

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