Jaron Ennis is wasting no time getting back into the ring with hopes of extending his streak of 13 straight knockouts.
Ennis (23-0, 21 KOs) will return to the squared circle on Oct. 5 against Demian Daniel Hernandez (12-1, 5 KOs) in a 10-round welterweight attraction. The fight will be featured as part of the Claressa Shields versus Ivana Habazin card at the Dort Federal Events Center in Flint, Mich.
The touted 22-year-old Philadelphia fighter returned from a nine-month layoff due to a promotional dispute in August and promptly scored a first-round TKO of Franklin Mamani.
The extended layoff was an unusual one for Ennis, who has already accumulated 23 fights as a three-year pro. He fought five times in 2018, nine times in 2017 and eight times in 2016. He has 10 first round knockouts and has never fought past the sixth stanza.
Fernandez has fought exclusively in Argentina before making his debut in the U.S. in August, is looking to provide a test to the up-and-coming Ennis. The 30-year-old from Buenos Aires is riding a nine-fight winning streak after suffering his lone blemish two months after turning pro in 2014.
Before turning pro, Ennis was a regarded amateur who won the 2015 National Golden Gloves and earned a No. 1 ranking as the top amateur at 141 pounds.
Shields (9-0, 2 KOs), a consecutive Olympic gold medals, is a decorated star herself. She’ll look to become a three-division crownholder when she battles former champion Habazin (20-3, 7 KOs) for the vacant WBO junior middleweight title.
Heavyweight Jermaine Franklin (19-0, 13 KOs) will open the Showtime telecast and make his third consecutive appearance on the network this year against Pavel Šour (11-1, 6 KOs).
Manouk Akopyan has been a member of the Boxing Writers Assn. of America since 2011 and has written for the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, the Guardian and Philadelphia Inquirer. He can be reached on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube at @ManoukAkopyan or via email at [email protected].