By Sean Jones: Welterweight fringe contender Jaron Ennis and veteran Thomas Dulorme have a fight in the works for December 12th at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut. Showtime will be televising the card.
It’s a step up fight for the 23-year-old Ennis, who still hasn’t fought anyone of note during his four-year professional career.
According to Mike Coppinger, the 30-year-old Dulorme (25-4-1, 16 KO) and #15 WBC Ennis (26-0, 24 KOs) will be battling it out on the undercard of the bantamweight contest between WBC 118-lb champion Nordine Oubaali and former four-division world champion Nonito Donaire.
Ennis is viewed as a fighter with a lot of potential at 147 and someone that could possibly become a world champion one day. Right now, Ennis is a little sloppy on offense, and he leaves himself open when he throws his potshots.
The hard-hitting 30-year-old Dulorme (25-4-1, 16 KO) will be an excellent test for Ennis to see what he’s got. Like Ennis, Dulorme started his career out with a lot of knockouts over soft second-tier opposition, and he looked like a can’t miss future world champion.
Unfortunately for Dulorme, when he stepped it up against Luis Carlos Abregu, Terence Crawford, and Yordenis Ugas, he was beaten. We could see the same thing happen with Ennis as well. He’s been facing similar weak opposition and winning looking but very sloppy and wild.
If Ennis gets a little too carried away on December 12th, Dulorme will take advantage of his aggressiveness and knock him out. Dulorme has superior punching power than Ennis, but he doesn’t go all out emptying his gas tank each round in trying to stop his opponents. Dulorme is more polished, and he picks his spots when throwing hard.
Jaron would have a lot of problems against the top 147-pounders in Errol Spence, Terence Crawford, Shawn Porter, Yordenis Ugas, and Shawn Porter. Ennis is like a faster version of Lamont Peterson.
He’ll do well eventually when the top guys get older, but we’ll have to see. Ennis comes into the fight with Dulorme with a 13-fight knockout streak, and he’ll likely try to extend that if he can.
Ennis has recent knockout wins over these fighters:
- Juan Carlos Abreu
- Bakhtiyar Eyubov
- Demian Daniel Fernandez
- Franklin Mamani
- Raymond Serrano
- Armando Alvarez
- Mike Arnaoutis
In Ennis’ last fight against Abreu, he looked reckless and wild in going all out for the knockout. He stumbling around the ring after throwing punches, and looked very, very raw and not like an elite-level welterweight.
For Ennis to compete against the current top fighters at 147, he’s going to have to fight with more control and stopping loading up with everything. He’s not a huge puncher, and he’s trying hard to put everything he had into his shots.
This results in Ennis stumbling around looking uncoordinated in a major way. He’d have major problems against Errol Spence, Porter, Crawford, Vergil Ortiz Jr, Danny Garcia, and Yordenis Ugas. But Ennis has youth on his side, and one day when those guys get older, he might be able to win a world title. But right now, Ennis would struggle against any of those guys, who are a lot more polished than he is.
Dulorme is coming off of a 12 round unanimous decision defeat against Jamal James last August in a competitive fight. Before that, Dulorme defeated previously unbeaten Terrell Williams by a 10-round unanimous decision in August 2019. Dulorme fought former two-division world champion, Jessie Vargas, to a 12 round draw in 2018.