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Jaron ‘Boots’ Ennis looking to make a statement in hot month of welterweight action

Jaron 'Boots' Ennis

While the boxing world anxiously awaits the last Saturday of the month to find out who is officially the best welterweight on the planet, IBF interim titleholder Jaron ‘Boots’ Ennis 30-0 (27) is focused on more pressing matters.

The 26-year-old from Philly will step through the ropes at the Ballroom at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey this Saturday night to face once-beaten Roiman Villa 26-1 (24) as he looks to keep his name in the mix to face the winner of the undisputed 147-pound title clash between WBC, WBA and IBF boss Errol ‘The Truth’ Spence Jr 28-0 (22) and WBO kingpin Terence ‘Bud’ Crawford 39-0 (30).

Both Spence and Crawford have flagged moving up to the junior middleweight division after their fight, which would leave Ennis the sole IBF champion at welterweight.

Before that can happen, Ennis will need to get past hard-hitting Colombian-based Venezuelan Villa, 30.

“He’s a good fighter, nothing special,” Ennis said to FightHubTV. “He comes forward, a pressure fighter, throws wild shots, no jab, no defence. I feel like he’s going to be running into a lot of shots and we’re going to give him more than he’s looking for.”

Rashidi Ellis reportedly landed 40% of his power punches against Villa in a losing effort this past January.

“I don’t think too much about that because me and Rashidi are two different fighters,” Ennis said. “I’m a lot more physical and bigger than Rashidi.

“Villa is going to be surprised. I think my power is going to shock him and he’s going to be shook a little bit. I think it’s going to be a lot for him. We’re going to give him everything he’s been looking for.

“I can’t say too much, but it’s going to be fireworks. I can’t wait to have some fun, I can’t wait to shine. Set him up, beat him up, break him down, rip him up and have some fun. We’re going back to making statements. Stopping people and making statements.

“Not looking for a knockout, but having fun, being sharp, keeping everything on point and fighting at my pace. I feel like I don’t need a knockout in this fight, but when I go in there looking for them, that’s when I don’t get them.

“In my last fight [against Karen Chukhadzhian] I went in there looking for it. I wanted it, but this whole camp, I went back to having fun, just being me and when you don’t look for it, that’s when everything falls right into place. That’s what we’re going to do. We’re going to have fun, make it easy, be smart, sharp, take it to him, break him up and put on a legendary performance.

“I want the ref to stop it or his corner to stop it and throw the towel in. I want to beat him up bad like that.”