Philly’s Jaron “Boots” Ennis, 24-0 (22), followed in his two brothers footsteps in former USBA Super Welterweight Champion Derek “Pooh” Ennis, 24-5-1 (13), who retired in 2014 and former NABF Super Middleweight Champion Farah Ennis, 22-2 (12), who retired in 2015. All three are trained by their father Derek “Bozy” Ennis.
“Bozy” has moved his operation from “Bozy’s Dungeon” to Philly 1 on 1 Boxing Gym at 4301 Paul Street in North Philly. Besides his youngest son he trains Kazakhstan’s heavyweight southpaw Izim Izbaki, 3-0 (2), who came to Philly in the summer of 2019.
“Boots” is co-managed by his father and Cameron Dunkin (Manager of WBO Welter champ Terence Crawford). He was an Olympic Alternate in 2015. His amateur record was 58-3. “Bozy” got together with Dunkin having worked together with Philly’s former contender Anthony “The Messenger” Thompson, 24-3 (18).
“Boots” turned twenty-two last June. He started boxing at the age of fifteen. In 2015 he was the USA Youth National Champion Gold Medalist in Reno, NV, and the National Golden Gloves Champion Gold Medalist, in Las Vegas, NV. At the US Olympic Trials Qualifier he was the Gold Medalist in Baltimore, MD. At the US Olympic Trials Participant in Reno, NV, he defeated Gary Antuanne Russell in his first bout and then shut out his next two opponents. He then lost back to back bouts to Russell who is now 12-0 (12), as a super lightweight and the younger brother of WBC World Featherweight Champion Gary Russell, Jr.
“Boots” turned professional in April of 2016 scoring stoppages in his first five fights going 8-0 in that year winning his last three fights in Philly with the lone decision in September.
In 2017 “Boots” went 9-0 with eight stoppages of which four were in Philly. His lone decision was over veteran James Winchester, 20-12, by scores of 60-53 by all three judges. He scored a knockdown and cut his opponent along with giving him a brutal body beating. In October he put into retirement Ghana’s Ayi Bruce, 23-14, stopping him in the first round. In his twenty-two stoppages ten came in the first round. He fights both orthodox and southpaw.
In 2018 “Boots” went 5-0 with all by stoppage starting with putting into retirement Ghana’s Samuel Amoako, 23-17, in the first round. In his next fight he stopped former world contender “Mighty” Mike Amaoutis, 26-10-2, from Greece, and Philly, dropping him twice in the second and final round in his first scheduled ten rounder.
Next up for “Boots” was stopping Armando “The Gentleman” Alvarez, 18-0, in the third round for the vacant WBC (USNBC) Silver Welter title scoring four knockdowns in that final round. Next he returned to Philly knocking out fellow Philly boxer Ray “Tito” Serrano, 24-5, knocking him down three times in the second and final round.
“Boots” in 2019 would come off a nine month layoff due to a dispute between Dunkin and promoter Chris Middendorf who was with “Boots” through all his fights up until the end of 2018. “Boots” would return in August of 2019 stopping former South American, WBC FECARBOX and WBC Latino Champion Franklin “El Matador, Jr.” Mamani, 23-5-1, of Bolivia, in the first round, on Showtime. In his last fight in October again on Showtime in the Main Event he stopped the WBO Latino Champion Demian “Popi” Daniel Fernandez, 12-1, of Bueno Aires, Argentina, in the third round, in Flint, Michigan.
This brings “Boots” up to his upcoming bout Friday in Atlantic City’s Ocean Resort Casino again over Showtime. In what could be his most dangerous opponent up to this point in Bakhtiyar “Bakha Bullet” Eyubov, 14-1-1 (12), of Kazakhstan out of Houston, Texas. Only two (Germany) of his sixteen fights have been out of the US.
“Boots” has fought in such states as Virginia, New Mexico, North Carolina, Indiana, Iowa, Oklahoma, Michigan, New Jersey, Utah, Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia, DC. In his corner besides his father “Bozy” will be assistant trainer Lawrence Smalls and cut-man Shaun Lewis. “Boots” is currently world ranked No. 13 in the WBO and No. 15 in the IBF. In both organizations “Boots” is only one of three US contenders. At No. 1 ranked in the WBO is former WBC World Champion Philly’s Danny “Swift” Garcia, who once told this writer pertaining to “Boots” that “he is something isn’t he?”