UNCASVILLE, Connecticut – Jaron Ennis was really good Saturday night, maybe too good.
Dismantling Sergey Lipinets in such a dominant manner might make other established welterweights hesitate to face Ennis later this year. The undefeated Philadelphia native realizes he’ll probably have to become a mandatory challenger for the IBF, WBA, WBC or WBO welterweight championship to get a title shot.
Whether welterweights also attempting to secure championship bouts will view the dangerous Ennis as a worthwhile risk after what he did to Lipinets remains to be seen.
“I’m not sure,” Ennis said during a post-fight press conference following his sixth-round knockout of Lipinets at Mohegan Sun Arena. “But hopefully, you know, these guys wanna take me on. And I just wanna fight the best fighters, and elevate my career and go down in history and be an amazing fighter and a Hall-of-Famer, a future Hall-of-Famer.”
The 23-year-old Ennis certainly looked like a future 147-pound champion against Lipinets, a former IBF junior welterweight champion. The fast-handed, strong, intelligent, athletic contender picked apart Lipinets for most of their bout before knocking him out with a right-left combination in the sixth round.
Lipinets landed flat on his back after taking those two shots. Referee Arthur Mercante Jr. immediately waved an end to their scheduled 12-round bout, the main event of a “Showtime Championship Boxing” tripleheader, at 2:11 of the sixth round.
Ennis (27-0, 25 KOs, 1 NC) became the first fighter to knock out the durable Lipinets (16-2-1, 12 KOs).
Before Saturday night, the 32-year-old Lipinets’ lone loss was a 12-round, unanimous-decision defeat to four-division champ Mikey Garcia (40-1, 30 KOs). Garcia dropped Lipinets in the seventh round, but Lipinets survived and lost a 12-round unanimous decision to Garcia in their fight for Lipinets’ IBF 140-pound crown in March 2018 at Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio.
Ennis didn’t mention the names of any potential opponents. He did say he’d be ready to return as soon as sometime in July if possible.
“It’s just whoever wanna sign on that dotted line and, you know, step in the ring with me,” Ennis said. “Everybody know I don’t got no picks. They can call me right now and I’ll hop in the ring and fight tomorrow.”
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.