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Jaron Ennis rejects similarities to Terence Crawford

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By Jim Calfa: Jaron ‘Boots’ Ennis disagrees with fans that say he and Terence ‘Bud’ Crawford have a similar fighting style. The unbeaten Ennis (29-0, 27 KOs) feels that he fights in a “totally different” manner than the counter-punching, switch-hitting Crawford (39-0, 30 KOs).

The 25-year-old Ennis is a lot more aggressive than thee 35-year-old Crawford, possesses better hand speed, accuracy, more size, and appears to have superior power.

There’s a huge difference in age between Boots and Crawford, and there’s also a major gap between the ambition.

Boots wants to fight the best, whereas Crawford has been comfortable fighting guys like David Avanesyan, Shawn Porter, Kell Brook, Amir Khan, Jeff Horn, and Egidijus Kavaliauskas.

Ennis is fighting Karen Chukhadzhian (21-1, 11 KOs) in a 12 round fight for the interim IBF welterweight title on January 7th on the Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis vs. Hector Luis Garcia card on Showtime pay-per-view at the Capitol One Arena in Washington, D.C.

Boots denies similarities to Crawford

“We don’t fight anything alike. Bud is good, but we’re totally different,” said Jaron ‘Boots’ Ennis to Fighthype when asked about the similarities between him and Terence ‘Bud’ Crawford.

“We don’t have a similar style. I’m smoother and slicker. My shots are a little tighter than his and things like that. He’s a great fighter, but I feel like I’m better all the way around.

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Boots is more of an attacker than Crawford, and every punch he throws is with major power. Crawford is a slower guy, who focuses more on setting traps, waiting for the perfect shot.

Crawford started out at a smaller weight class at 135, and he’s slowly worked his way up to 147. Once Crawford moved up to welterweight, his previous promoters at Top Rank matched him against a bunch of old guys that were over-the-hill and didn’t take chances with him.

“There’s so many people you can put up there. You’ve got little Charlo, and you got Shakur, Canelo, and you can put Bivol up there. There are so many people,” said Boots Ennis when asked about Crawford being #1 pound-for-pound.

“You can’t just pick one person. You can say Canelo because he’s fighting everybody and jumping up in different weight classes.

“That’s definitely my goal.  I know it’s not fair,” said Boots when asked if he’ll give other young lions a shot once he wins a world title rather than excluding them, as we’re seeing now with the current champions at 147.

Ennis ready to fight for title

“After I collect all the belts, defend them a couple of times, and fight a young, hungry lion, why not? I want to bring back that old school where everybody fights everybody,” said Ennis.

“I can talk trash and still not get the fight. He can be like, ‘I’m not going to give him the fight. He’s talking too much,'” said Ennis when asked if it would help if he trash-talked to try and get a fight against Crawford.

“Once I get this IBF interim belt, I’ll go after the rest of the belts.

“Spence & Crawford is 50-50. If you want to give the edge to anyone, you got to give it to Spence. He’s been at the weight longer, and he has more belts,” Jaron when asked who wins a fight between Spence & Crawford.

“He’s more proven, and he’s fought the better guys too. I’m not saying he’s going to beat Crawford because I don’t know. But if I have to lean towards anybody, I have to lean towards Spence.

“He’s [Crawford] always inactive, but he’s been looking okay, he’s been looking good.

“He’s good. He’s fought some good guys,” said Ennis about Crawford. “We’ve fought the same type of guys if you want to be technical,” said Boots Ennis.

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