Jaron Ennis is being supported by brotherly love in his bid to become World Welterweight Champion.
Elder brothers Farah and Derek Jr both retired from successful boxing careers when Jaron was showing huge potential as a stand-out amateur.
It’s a risk that was paying off until the Philadelphia’s prospect ran into promotional difficulties last year after winning his first 23 professional fights - 21 by knockout.
His contractual woes are now over and after a 13 month lay-off he returns in Flint, Michigan on Saturday (October 5th) against Argentina’s Demian Daniel Fernandez, live on BoxNation.
Farah was 22-2 when he retired in May 2015 and Derek Jr walked away 10 months earlier having compiled a 24-5-1 record.
To keep it in the family even more, head trainer is the siblings' father, Derek Sr; who trained all three sons.
Jaron doesn’t plan on letting them down: “It’s great to follow in my brother’s footsteps, and I am ready to take the Ennis last name to the next level.
“I grew up watching my brothers box and my dad so I take this real seriously. Some fighters takes months off, but I take two or three days off and I’m back in the gym.
“Having my Dad as a trainer means everything. He is in his sixties, but puts in everything that I put in.My brothers just tell me to stay focused and that it is my turn. I am fighting for my family.”
Derek Jr says: “It’s awesome and amazing to see my little brother get in the ring. He is just meant to be a Champion.”
With Terence Crawford and Errol Spence the 147lb division’s big guns and guys like Danny Garcia, Shawn Porter and Mikey Garcia lingering at the top, the bouts are there for the blue chip hopeful.
Remarkably, 10 of his wins have come in the opening round and all four of his fights in 2018 - all against opponents with winning records - lasted less than 20 minutes combined.
Jaron, 22, adds: “I mean, all the Welterweights right now are good. But I’m ready to fight anybody and everybody, I don’t care who it is.
“I’m looking forward to reminding everybody who I am and what I’m capable of doing. We have big plans for the future, but the first step is a statement win.
“My goal is to be World Champ and be a great example for the kids. I want to unify, get all the belts, move up in weight and keep going, and keep going. Watch out all 147s. A young animal is on the way.”
As an amateur, Jaron won four national US finals, but decided to turn professional in 2016 after narrowly missing out on selection for the Rio Olympics.
Fernandez, 30, has won his last nine bouts and was successful on his previous American jaunt in August, outpointing Andre Byrd.
The Channel of Champions televised bill is topped by the vacant WBO Female Super-Welterweight clash between Claressa Shields and Croat Ivana Habazin.
Shields, a double Olympic gold medallist, will become the fastest ever fighter - male or female - to win World Titles at three different weight classes so early in their career if she prevails in the Michigan showdown.