Jaron Ennis Takes Down Mike Arnaoutis in Two Rounds

By Francisco Salazar

Jaron Ennis continues to win in impressive fashion.

The unbeaten welterweight prospect did it again Friday night, stopping former world junior welterweight challenger Mike Arnaoutis in the second round at the Showboat Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, N.J.

Friday night marked Ennis' 10th consecutive knockout victory.


Ennis' hand speed and aggression was on display from the opening bell, putting the southpaw Arnaoutis on the defensive.

A barrage of punches dropped Arnaoutis (26-11-2, 13 KOs) during the second round. Arnaoutis recovered, but the end was near for the Greek-born fighter. Another barrage dropped Arnaoutis prompting his corner to throw in the towel.

Referee Allen Huggins waved the fight off at 2:59.

Ennis (20-0, 18 knockouts) is the youngest brother of former fringe contenders Farah and Derek Ennis.

Heavyweight Quian Davis won an eight round split decision over Daniel Pasciolla (9-4-3). One judge scored the bout 77-75 for Pasciolla, while the other two judges scored the bout 78-74 and 77-75 for Davis, who improves to 5-0-2, 2 KOs.

Middleweight Chris Thomas (9-0-1, 6 KOs) dropped Darryl Bunting (3-4-2, 1 KO) once in round one and again in round two en route to a third round knockout victory. Time of the knockout was 1:06.

Welterweight Yurik Mamedov won a one-sided eight round decision over Kashon Hutchinson (3-5, 1 KO). Scores were 80-71, 80-71, and 79-72 in favor of Mamedov, who goes to 10-1, 3 KOs.

Featherweight Vidal Rivera stopped Jose Ramos (10-14-1, 8 KOs) at 2:37 of the second round to improves to 8-0, 5 KOs.

In cruiserweight action, Joel De La Paz (8-1, 4 KOs) won a six round majority decision over Willis Lockett (16-23-6, 5 KOs). One judge scored the bout 57-57, while the other two judges scored the bout 60-54 and 58-56 for De La Paz.

Junior lightweight Donal Smith (7-0, 4 KOs) knocked out Deo Kizito (3-3, 2 KOs) at 1:21 of the second round.

Francisco A. Salazar has written for since September of 2012 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (Calif.) Star newspaper. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing 

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by BigZ44 on 06-02-2018

Kind of guy Hearn should be signing

Comment by millcitymauler on 06-02-2018

The state of New Jersey should have never have even given Arnaoutis a license to box. He is a tragedy waiting to happen

Comment by Eff Pandas on 06-02-2018

[QUOTE=Bronx2245;18825622]I've heard about him, but haven't seen him! Have you?[/QUOTE] I saw him during the Olympic trials. Took note of him then. Watched a couple of his fights streaming &/or on Youtube.

Comment by Bronx2245 on 06-02-2018

[QUOTE=Eff Pandas;18825450]Ennis on the map as a more legit prospect to keep a eye on now. Respect for that W. Dude is moving fairly fast for a cat with no major player behind him in boxing so someone with some…

Comment by Eff Pandas on 06-02-2018

Ennis on the map as a more legit prospect to keep a eye on now. Respect for that W. Dude is moving fairly fast for a cat with no major player behind him in boxing so someone with some low…

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