Jaran Ennis has promised a “dominant” and “unhindered” early knockout by Custo Clayton ahead of Saturday’s clash with undefeated 147-pound contenders at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California.
“Everyone already knows how this fight will go. I’m going to put on a play. … I get this knockout at the end of the night and I make a statement, ”Ennis said before the fight.
Switch Ennis (29-0, 27 KOs) fulfilled his words with his 19th straight knockout in the second round against Clayton (19-1-1, 12 KOs) before nearly selling out to 7,406 spectators.
Ennis ’right hand landed just above Clayton’s left ear for the 28 seconds remaining in the round, lowering the Canadian forever. Clayton crumpled on the canvas, unable to get to his feet, staggering across the ring and eventually into the ropes before referee Ray Crown waved his hand about the end of the fight at 2:49.
“He had a high guard, so I tried to get off the right hook, but he leaned over, so I just threw from the top,” said Ennis, who has scored 21 knockdowns in his last 11 fights and is expected to win every round of his career. era.
“I thought he was going to get up because he was a tough, tough guy and nobody ever stopped him, so I thought he was going to get up,” Ennis said of Clayton.
“But I saw him get up, and he fell here, and he went there, so I knew it was over.”
The destruction of Ennis Clayton continued the scheme of destroying the Philadelphia native in the ring, underscored by his ability to finish off opponents faster than previously more experienced fighters.
In April 2021, Ennis knocked out Sergei Lipinets in the sixth round, who was 16-1-1 (12 KOs), but was knocked out for the first time.
Ennis finished first in the middleweight division, ahead of Eral Spence Jr. and his undefeated WBO counterpart and three-division champion Terrence “Bada” Crawford (38-0, 29 KOs).
“Anyone can get it now, but I’m a contender № 1 on the IBF,” Ennis said before talking about Spence after Saturday’s fight. “I think it’s a big fish [Spence] here, then, it’s time to go fishing. “
“I will either fight Errol Spence Jr. or Terence Crawford, or fight for the vacancy belt. I feel that sooner or later I will get my chance, ”Ennis said.
Spence was indeed in the ring at the Ennis-Clayton bout and praised Ennis after the fight during an interview with Jim Gray of Showtime.
“He’s right there. He is right on the border. He is hungry. He should call everyone. He should call me and everyone, ”Spence said. “You must be that hungry lion. I am very high up to him. I think he can fight and he’s going to go a long way. I’ve heard him say he wants to wind me up, but if you do, you can catch what you don’t want. ”
Spence is now focused on fighting Crawford, defeating Jordanis Ugas last month with a break in the 10th round to add Ugas to the WBA crown to his IBF and WBC versions.
“I think so [Spence-Crawford] will happen. This is the fight I definitely want this year. So I hope we can do that, ”Spence said. “I want it, he wants it, and I think we can agree and fight this year. We are now in the process of talking. He definitely wants a fight. [Manager] Al [Haymon] told me he definitely wants a fight. Here [Crawford] the guy I want to fight. …
“I have three belts, he has one belt, and that’s all I need to become the undisputed world lightweight champion,” Spence said. “That’s what I’ve been adamant about, and that’s what I really want to do, so we’ll do it.”
After an easy victory on Saturday, Ennis summed up the Crawford-Spence problem, saying: “It doesn’t matter to me who I face. I want everyone and everyone. They can line them up, and I knock them down. It doesn’t matter who it is. “
Edited by Richard Pretorius and Matthew B. Hall