Do your best and see who ends up on top

Jaron Ennis first-rounded Thomas Dulorme, of Puerto Rico, in a welterweight bout on Saturday, Oct. 30.  2021 is celebrated in Las Vegas.  (AP Photo/David Becker)

Jaron Ennis is 29-0 with 27 KOs and wants to fight all the elite in boxing’s welterweight division. (AP Photo/David Becker)

There isn’t much room at the top of the welterweight division. WBO champion Terence Crawford is widely recognized as the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. Unified champion Errol Spence Jr. He is not far behind him. They are elected veterans, likely Hall of Famers, and they suck up a lot of oxygen when it comes to debating what has long been a joke between factions.

There is another welterweight that still forces them to slide to create the “Big Three” in the division.

In a different place and time, where the best ever fought, Jaron Ennis would already be a household name, and in the same way that Crawford and Spence are now.

Although Ennius has not won the fights he wants, he works this way for the sake of fun. Although, still, it’s hard to miss the guy. 29-0 with 27 knockouts and will fight Karen Chukhadzhian for the interim IBF welterweight title in the co-main event on Saturday at the Capital One Center in Washington DC. Showtime pay-per-view card headlined by Gervonta Davis.

Don’t bother asking Ennius who wants to fight, because it’s simple.

“I want to be a legend in this game and be remembered against all the top guys,” he told Yahoo Sports. “You want to know who is the best? There is one way: Go in the ring and fight. That’s how to find out. And this is what I want to do. I want to fight everyone. Anyone you ask me, if he is an elite guy, I want [to fight] him.”

Spence and Crawford have been having a very long quarrel with each other, which has so far gone nowhere. And if Ennius sweeps his invincible alive on the Sabbath, he will hold in the meantime one of Spencer’s girdle, and will be ready to meet him there.

Jaron Ennis, left, faces a punch from Custo Clayton, right, in a welterweight boxing match Saturday, May 14, 2022, in Carson, Calif.

Jaron Ennius (L.) is one of the greatest boxers. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Until that very thing he wants. But he is not alone in the Gospel. Virgil Ortiz is 19-0 with 19 KOs and is also aiming for that stretch with Crawford and Spence. The WBA has ordered Ortiz to fight Eimantas Stanionis for a version of the welterweight title. That fight is really waiting to happen.

Ennius and Ortiz have similar records and talent levels, as well as Ambitiones. Ortiz’s manager, Rick Mirigian, told Yahoo Sports that Ortiz won’t fight at the end of 2022 because he doesn’t want skirmishes and only wants meaningful fights.

This makes it packed at the top, but, as they say, more fun.

From the idea of ‚Äč‚ÄčEnnius, it matters little that someone else is shot with the title of shot.

“Ortiz is a good fighter,” Ennius said. “All those guys are good fighters. It makes it exciting. We all need to get out there and negotiate business and see how this goes.”

The first order of business is to deal with Chukhadzhian, who is 21-1 with 11 KOs but will be fighting outside of Europe for the first time when he meets Ennis. He trusts Chukhadzhian despite the long odds against him.

At BetMGM, Ennis is not only -5000 to win, but is -900 to win by knockout. Despite Ennius’ prodigious power, Chukhadzhian insists that he must stand in the bay and trade if he wants to win it.

“I came here to win,” Chukhadzhian said at midday Wednesday. “If he wants to avoid going toe-to-toe, I’ll be ready to box. If he wants to fight inside, I know I can win that way. I know Ennius is a good fighter; but my focus is on my strengths and what I can do in the ring. I’m very confident. I have everything I need I must win this battle.”

He could fight very well, and yet, because of Ennius’s talent, he got away with shooting. Ennis is a fighter, but he’s got a rare talent for fighting and lets him fight any way he needs to win.

Ennis sees Chukhadzhian as another step on the road to greatness, and hopes he can steal the show from Davis, who faces Hector Garcia in the main event.

“Not to take anything away from Tank, who is a great fighter, but when this is done, my goal is to talk to everyone about my fight,” Ennius said. “I won’t take away from the fact that you’re good at the final event, but I promise you, our fight is going to be explosive. Very exciting.”

ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 16: Errol Spence Jr.  enters the ring against Jordan Ugas at AT&T Stadium on April 16, 2022 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images)

Jaron Ennis is hoping to get a crack at one welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images)

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