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Jaron ‘Boots’ Ennis goes the championship distance for first time to defeat Karen Chukhadzhian

Jaron 'Boots' Ennis (right) and Karen Chukhadzhian. Photo credit: Amanda Westcott/Showtime

Welterweight Jaron ‘Boots’ Ennis 30-0 (27) became the IBF interim 147-pound titleholder with a shutout victory over IBF number four contender Karen Chukhadzhian 21-2 (11) in the main support bout to Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis 27-0 (25) versus WBA super featherweight champion Hector Luis Garcia 16-0 (10) at the Capital One Arena in Washington DC on Saturday night.

The 25-year-old Ennis from Philadelphia had never heard the bell for the sixth round in all his previous professional bouts.

Before the bout Ennis was promising to continue his 19 fight knockout streak, but it didn’t play out that way against skillful Ukrainian Chukhadzhian, 26, who stuck to a clever game plan despite not winning a round.

“Getting knockouts gives the fans what they want and makes them keep gravitating toward me,” Ennis said before the bout. “As long as I keep doing what I’m doing, my fan base is just going to grow.”

Ennis stalked his opponent from the opening bell, but Chukhadzhian used clever foot movement to stat just outside of the rising star’s punches.

Ennis won the first three rounds with his higher punch output and landed blows, while the third was close in terms of output and connects.

The fight followed a similar pattern for the full 12 rounds: Ennis walking after Chukhadzhian throwing bombs being being largely unable to cut off the ring, while Chukhadzhian work the angles to exploit his defensive flaws when he got too close.

All three judges awarded the bout to Ennis by identical scores of 120-108.

According to CompuBox, Ennis landed 45 power punches to Chuckhadzhian’s 46 over the first six rounds. From rounds seven through 12, Ennis landed 102 power punches and Chukhadzhian landed 46. Ennis connected on 46% of his power punches, while Chukadzhian connected on 25%.

It was all part of the learning curve for Ennis, who showed tremendous conditioning to go 12 rounds for the first time in his career.

The question now is whether he is truly ready for a shot at WBC, WBA and IBF welterweight champion Errol ‘The Truth’ Spence jr 28-0 (22).

“We come here to dominate,” Ennis said. “I feel like I could have thrown more punches. I should stop that guy and that’s on me. I wanted him to engage but we did what we could.

“I learned to just take my time and to not rush anything. I’m glad I went 12 rounds. It felt great. I felt I was in the best shape. I just needed to throw a little more punches. I should have got him out of there.

“He ran a lot. Hats off to him since a lot of guys didn’t want to fight me. So, shout out to him for coming here and taking this fight.

“Everyone knows that I want Errol Spence and the winner of Virgil Ortiz and (Eimantas) Stanionis. You know – all the top guys. Let’s get it, you know?

“I’ll wait until the time is right and (Spence) is ready.”