Jaron Ennis easily won another fight Friday night. Bakhtiyar Eyubov bravely tried his best to test the gifted Philadelphia welterweight, but the shorter, slower Eyubov was no match for the one the sport’s top prospects on the Claressa Shields-Ivana Habazin undercard. (photos by Stephanie Trapp)
Ennis knocked down Eyubov twice during the first round and mostly pounded away at him until referee Earl Brown stopped their one-sided fight 34 seconds into the fourth round at Ocean Resort Casino’s Ovation Hall.
The 22-year-old Ennis improved to 25-0 and recorded his 23rd knockout. Kazakhstan’s Eyubov (14-2-1, 12 KOs, 1 NC) lost inside the distance for the first time since making his pro debut nearly eight years ago.
Ennis spent much of the third round unloading brutal body punches and hard head shots on the resilient Eyubov. Larry Hazzard, New Jersey’s boxing commissioner, visited Eyubov’s corner following that one-sided round and told Eyubov’s handlers he wouldn’t allow Eyubov to take much more punishment.