Jaron Ennis vs Karen Chukhadzhian Preview January 7th, 2023
Unbeaten Jaron ‘Boots’ Ennis of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania takes on Karen Chukhadzhian of Ukraine in Washington DC this Saturday, January 7th for the interim IBF Welterweight Title. The 12-rounder can be seen live in America on Showtime pay-per-view on the undercard of the Gervonta Davis vs Hector Luis Garcia showdown. Ennils last fought in May when he stopped Custio Clayton in the second round while Chukhadzhian last boxed in July when he halted Blake Minto after six rounds to retain his IBF Inter-Continental Welterweight Belt.
Ennis vs Chukhadzhian Betting Odds
- Karen Chukhadzhian +1600
- Jaron Ennis -5000
Ennis is a fine 25-year-old prospect who enters the ring with a perfect mark of 29-0 with 27 Kos. He’s obviously got a lot of pop in his punches with a current knockout ratio of 90 per cent. The only two men to take him the distance were Eddie Diaz who went four rounds in 2016 and James Winchester, who took him six rounds the following year. Ennis stands 5-feet-10-inches tall with a 74-inch wingspan and has boxed just 79 rounds in his 29 fights since making his pro debut back in 2016.
He started boxing at the age of 15 and enjoyed a superb amateur career with a reported mark of 58-3. Ennis was a 2014 US National Golden Gloves Silver medalist in Las Vegas; a 2015 USA Youth National Championships Gold medalist in Reno; a 2015 US National Golden Gloves Tournament Gold medalist in Las Vegas; a 2015 US Olympic Trials Qualifier Gold medalist in Baltimore and a 2015 US Olympic Trials participant in Reno.
In 2018 he won the vacant WBC (USNBC) Silver Welterweight Title with a third-round stoppage over Armando Alvarez. As a pro, Ennis has also beaten the likes of Thomas Dulorme, Sergey Lipinets, Elvin Perez, James Winchester, Wilfredo Acuna, Mike Arnaoutis, and Juan Carlos Abreu. His bout with Chris van Heerden in 2020 was called a no-decision when Van Heerden was cut in the first round from an accidental clash of heads.
Chukhadzhian is 26 years of age and carries around a fine mark of 21-1-1 with 11 Ko’s. He’s got 128 rounds of experience under his belt since making his pro debut in 2015 following a brief amateur career. He measures just over 5-feet-9-inches tall with an unlisted reach so gives up just half-an-inch in height to Ennis.
When it comes to power, Chukhadzhian doesn’t really carry too much of it as his current knockout ratio sits at 50 per cent. His lone pro loss came at the hands of Andrii Velikovskyi by three-round split decision in his second pro bout in 2015 in a Super 8 junior middleweight final. His biggest wins have been against Ali Funeka, Jose Rosales, Yannick Dehez, Ryan Martin and Blake Minto.
He now fights out of Germany and this will be his first bout in Nort America as he’s fought exclusively in Ukraine, Russia and Germany up to now. Since turning pro, Chukhadzhian has also captured the vacant WBO Youth Welterweight Title, the vacant WBC Youth Silver Welterweight Belt and the vacant WBA International Welterweight Crown.
Ennis has plenty boxing skills and power and looks like to be a certain bet to become a world champion in the not-too-distant near future. Chukhadzhian is solid but not spectacular and ranks second best to Ennis in just about every department here. He’ll give it his best effort but I’m expecting Ennis to come out on top without too much of a problem on Saturday night.
I think Ennis’ skills and power will be the difference.
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