By: Sean Cross
The interim IBF Welterweight title was on the line Saturday night in Washington, DC, as 29-0 Jaron “Boots” Ennis defeated 21-1 Karen Chukadzian in a scheduled twelve-round affair at the Capital One Arena. Chukadchian had an efficient style, but Ennis – hungry for a big match – landed the better shots. Ennis continues to play well and with confidence. Chukadchian, a little-known yet accomplished fighter, was clearly caught by Ennis in the third round.
With that in mind, Chukadchian landed effectively in the first minute of the fourth. He continued to rest the round, perhaps taking the Judge’s chapter of cards. Chukadchian tagged the man in the fifth. But Ennis continued to play it cool pressing the action. But was it enough? Chukadchian was unable to put Ennis away in the sixth round, although he was certainly in the fight, which came as a surprise to some. One thing was certain: Chukadchian had, at least somewhat, managed to throw off Ennis’ time.
Ennis was more or less in control of the seventh. Chukadchian won’t be an easy win for the man, but Ennis isn’t about to let himself get upset. In fact, Ennis seems to be turning to the pressure of the eighth, repeatedly firing his right in the downward movement. Chukadchian survived well, but by the ninth it was clear the man had to do something if he wanted to pull off the upset. By the tenth round, Ennis seemed to be starting to take a toll on his tough opponent with his high energy.
Chukadchian spent most of the eleven in defense – but it was an effective defence. He didn’t win the round, but he was still in the fight, which was something few expected. The final round was a contest, with Chukadchian landing well as Ennis worked the body. The last three minutes were interesting. Still, it was Ennis who got the judge’s unanimous vote.