Ennis Shows Nerves in Face-off with Avanesyan Ahead of Title Fight

Ennis Shows Nerves in Face-off with Avanesyan Ahead of Title Fight

In his first face-off with opponent David Avanesyan, Jaron ‘Boots’ Ennis, the IBF welterweight champion, appeared visibly tense today. The upcoming fight, scheduled for this Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, seemed to weigh heavily on Ennis.

Ennis seemed apprehensive and drained while facing off against Avanesyan, a 35-year-old power puncher. This matchup poses a significant challenge for Ennis, given Avanesyan’s superior power and unorthodox fighting style compared to Ennis’s previous opponents.

Despite the upcoming final press conference and weigh-in on Thursday and Friday, respectively, there has been a lack of heavy promotion for this fight by Ennis’s new promoters at Matchroom Boxing. Eddie Hearn’s excitement about signing Ennis as a rising welterweight star has not been effectively translated into marketing efforts targeting casual boxing fans unfamiliar with the young fighter.

If Ennis is feeling the effects of overtraining or weight loss, Avanesyan could capitalize on his vulnerability by prolonging the fight and potentially causing an upset. This outcome would mark the second consecutive loss for Hearn’s recent signee in the boxing world.

With uncertainties surrounding the outcome of Saturday’s main event between Ennis and Avanesyan, former boxer Paulie Malignaggi expressed curiosity about how the fight will unfold. Avanesyan’s reputation for resilience and toughness, despite losses against top fighters like Terence Crawford, suggests that he poses a legitimate threat to Ennis, especially if he can land significant punches in the ring.

Malignaggi highlighted Avanesyan’s history of upsets and knockout victories, underscoring the unpredictability of the upcoming match. The potential impact of Avanesyan’s two-year absence from the ring and his motivation to continue fighting remain significant factors shaping the fight’s narrative.

The power Avanesyan demonstrated in previous fights, such as his unexpected knockouts of Lejarraga in 2019, further amplifies the uncertainty surrounding this weekend’s showdown. Malignaggi’s acknowledgment of the significance of Avanesyan’s remaining strengths in the ring underscores the need for Ennis to be prepared for a challenging fight.

As the anticipation builds for the clash between Ennis and Avanesyan, the boxing world eagerly awaits the spectacle that will unfold on Saturday night, as these two welterweight contenders vie for supremacy in the ring.

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