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Jaron ‘Boots’ Ennis labels himself the best welterweight in the world

Jaron 'Boots' Ennis

Welterweight contender Jaron ‘Boots’ Ennis 29-0 (27) believes he is already the best welterweight in the world.

The flashy and powerful Ennis of Philadelphia is fast closing in on a world title shot with all four of the major sanctioning bodies ranking him in the top three. The IBF have him at number one, the WBA and WBO have him at number two, while the WBC has him positioned at number three.

Errol ‘The Truth’ Spence Jr 28-0 (22) holds the WBC, WBA and IBF straps, while Terence ‘Bud’ Crawford 39-0 (30) is the WBO boss. Both are southpaws.

But when asked by FightHype who he thought was the number one 147-pound in the world, Ennis was direct in his response: “I’m the best welterweight in the world.”

The 25-year-old Ennis will take on IBF number four Karen Chukhadzhiann 21-1 (11) of the Ukraine in a bout billed for the IBF interim 147-pound title at the Capital One Arena in Washington DC tihs Saturday night in the main support bout to Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis 27-0 (25) vs Hector Luis Garcia 16-0 (10) on Showtime pay-per-view.

He sees victory over the little-known 26-year-old Ukrainian was a way to a world title shot.

“I definitely think it’s clear path to the main belt, the IBF belt,” Ennis said. “I feel like it’s going to put me right there.” The IBF is known, after all, to enforce its own rules. I feel like the IBF is real strict with what’s going on.”

Negotiations for a four-belt unification bout between Spence and Crawford fell apart late last year and there is no indication they will recommence any time soon.

Spence was involved in a car crash in December and as a result will likely not return to the ring until the northern summer.

When he does pull the gloves back on, Ennis will be ready.

“I think he will fight me,” Ennis said of Spence. “I feel like the fans want to see it. If it ain’t him or Crawford they want to see me and him.”

Ennis says he hasn’t seen too much of Chukhadzhian, but his team have been studying him extensively.

“I didn’t watch too much on him, but my brother, my team, have been watching him,” Ennis said. “I’ve been watching a lot of Mike Tyson. Pressure, move your head walking in, being smart, a lot of double shots with the same hand.”

“I just need to go out there and be smart.”

One outside party who doesn’t believe Ennis will get his world title shot is Caleb Plant’s trainer Stephen Edwards.

“None of the managers or promoters have seen enough weakness for it to be really worth it to them to fight, and then you let him beat a guy and you turn him into a star. If you don’t have a piece of him, why would you turn him into a star?” Edwards said to FightHype.

“They got the same kind of ability as Mark ‘Too Sharp’ Johnson and Roy Jones kind of guys. Roy Jones was an Olympian. He had the HBO backing, so it was a little different because he got his opportunity versus Bernard Hopkins and James Toney. But [Ennis will] probably not [get a world title shot], not in today’s boxing.”