On Friday night BoxNation brings you a night of exciting prospect action, with 3 high-octane fights from Iowa. At the top of the card is the blistering Jaron Ennis, who takes on Florida based Armando Alvarez. Here’s why you don’t want to miss it.
Ennis’ 90% KO record
In 20 fights, Jaron Ennis has finished 18 of his opponents inside the distance, including the last 10 in a row by stoppage.
His last fight, against former Super-Lightweight contender Mike Arnaoutis, ended emphatically with a second round TKO, making a statement to the division that he’s one to watch.
“This is the opportunity I have been waiting for. I can't wait to show the world my talent” - Ennis
Ennis, however, isn’t the only one with potent punch power; opponent Armando Alvarez has stopped six of his last seven, and predicts that Ennis will falter on Friday, “Ennis is a great young fighter, but I think he has stepped out of his league. He is just a kid. The world will find out who Armando Alvarez is on July 20”
Jaron Ennis: 58-3 record and won the 2015 National Golden Gloves tournament. Ranked No. 1 as an amateur at 141 pounds, and narrowly missed the opportunity to represent the U.S. in the 2016 Olympics.
Armando Alvarez: 31-4 as an amateur, turning pro in 2015.
Thomas Mattice: 72-18 record and was a three-time Ohio State Golden Gloves champion. He was a Ringside World champion in 2014, and a 2014 USA National Tournament bronze medalist.
Zhora Hamazaryan: Standout Armenian amateur.
Montana Love: 174-13 amateur record and bronze medalist at the 2012 National Golden Gloves Championships.
Kenneth Sims Jr.: 2013 U.S. National Amateur Champion and a 2012 Olympic Trials semi-finalist.
A combined record of 82-1
The six fighters share 82 wins collectively. Five fighters will be protecting unbeaten records, which could lead to fireworks in the later rounds as the need to protect one’s ‘0’ intensifies.
The only loss of them all is a blemish on the record of Kenneth Sims Jr – a former Mayweather and Pacquiao sparring partner – which occurred in his last ShoBox outing. This only seems to have ignited a fire in the 24 year old:
“This is my chance to prove that I’m back and the loss was a fluke. I remember [opponent] Love from the amateurs and I know I have what it takes to beat him.”
First TV showcase
For most, this is the first time that the fighters will have featured on American TV, let alone around the World. The opportunity to showcase globally on a televised platform presents too good a chance to not put on a show for the young fighters.
For all the boxers involved this is likely to be the biggest test of their careers so far.
“A win on this platform would mean everything. I feel grateful for this opportunity to show the world my talents and skills” Ennis.
“I am excited and happy to show my talents on television. I’m just looking to make a statement for the fans” Hamazaryan.
We’re also live on Saturday night with Broadway Boxing
It’s not just Friday that tempts excitement for the weekend’s boxing. On Saturday night it’s our second prospects show with Lou DiBella’s Broadway Boxing show from Connecticut. Hot prospect ‘Marvelous' Mykquan Williams will be confident going into his clash with Matt 'The Mantis' Doherty, after stopping Orlando Felix in the first round in his last outing.
Also on the undercard, Adrian Sosa, Lamont Powell and Shelly Williams are in action.