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Jaron Ennis stakes claim to shot at winner of Errol Spence Jr vs Terence Crawford bout

Jaron 'Boots' Ennis. Photo credit: Steve Marcus/Getty Images

Undefeated welterweight contender Jaron ‘Boots’ Ennis 31-0 (28) systematically broke down and stopped Romain ‘Flaco de Oro’ Villa 26-2 (24) in 10 rounds at The Ballroom in Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey on Saturday night.

The 26-year-old from Philly was coming off a shutout victory over Karen Chukhadzhian in his first fight to go the 12-round distance in Washington DC back in January.

Ennis wanted to get back to his explosive ways and he did that in style against Venezuelan Villa, 30, who had never previously been stopped.

The speed differential between the two was obvious from the get-go, but it the timing, shot selection and slick defence of Ennis that made it a long night for Villa.

Ennis even switched southpaw for long stretches in the first half of the bout and didn’t lose a step.

The fifth frame was Villa’s best of the fight as his pressure started paying dividends, but his success was short-lived as Ennis put in on him in the sixth and seventh rounds.

The punishment continued down the stretch until the brave Villa wilted in the 10th under a barrage of punches from Ennis. The official time of the stoppage was 1:27.

Ennis successfully defended his interim 147-pound titlefor the first time and remains in the hunt for a shot at the winner of the undisputed welterweight world title clash between WBC, WBA and IBF champion Errol ‘The Truth’ Spence Jr 28-0 (22) and WBO counterpart Terence ‘Bud’ Crawford 39-0 (30) at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on July 29.

“A victory over Villa keeps me going toward my goal,” Ennis said in the lead-up to the fight. “A lot of people say that he’s a power-puncher, but we’ll see on Saturday night. I’m coming to make a big statement and get a stoppage.

“I’m ready for anybody. But right now, we have business to take care of. I’m focused on Roiman Villa and then we’ll worry about what’s next.

“Going the distance in my last fight didn’t put any pressure on me leading up to this one. Everyone fell for the trap. I wanted guys to want to fight me. I had been scaring everyone off.

“Villa is gonna be right there in front of me not moving his head. He’s a good fighter, but he’s throwing wild hooks. He’s gonna have a long night.

“It’s the ‘Boots’ Ennis show now. I’m gonna go out there and have fun. I’m gonna set up the knockout and be sharp and box beautifully.”

For his part, Villa promised to bring the fight in an interview with The Ring last week.

“This is the fight I wanted,” Villa said through his manager Alejandro Torres. “My promoter [Sampson Lewkowicz] gave us the option to have a tune up fight but I did not want any other fighter. To be the best, you have to fight the best fighter and I am ready to fight anyone.

“He is a good fighter but I know I am stronger than him and that he has never fought a fighter like me,” he explained. “I am ready to use this as an advantage.

“I am not impressed by his skills or afraid of his power.

“In this fight, I am ready to go strong every round. [I’m] ready to give the boxing fans a huge fight.”