Jaron Ennis promoter on preferring Ennis over Terence Crawford

Cameron Dunkin has long believed that his top client, Jaron ‘Boots’ Ennis, can beat Terence Crawford, the fighter many currently believe would not belong in the sport, if they were fighting today, but for a time that was strictly a minority opinion. After the breakthrough year that Ennis had, Dunkin has a few more like-minded observers by his side.

Dunkin, who promotes the 24-year-old Ennis left of Philadelphia, didn’t hesitate when asked how he saw a fight unfold between his captain and Omaha’s Terence Crawford, the three-division titlist who currently holds the WBO welterweight title and which many believe is the “pound-for-pound” No.1 in boxing.

“I think Boots will win that fight,” Dunkin told BoxingScene.com. “I think he will win it now. I think he will win another 3-4 fights and some more experience at the high level. But I think he will win it now.

“Nothing against Crawford. Crawford is a great fighter. Only there is always a man who is better and I believe Boots is better. He’s bigger, he’s faster, he’s stronger, he hits harder and his reflexes are insane. His skill level is incredible. He’s a bigger, faster, stronger, younger man. I think he can make it happen.”

Dunkin may not be completely objective here as he led Crawford (38-0, 29 KOs), but eventually broke up.

Dunkin thought Crawford was the best fighter he’d ever signed until he saw Ennis (28-0, 26 KOs). Dunkin has managed to achieve a slew of world class fighters over the decades including Nonito Donaire, Tim Bradley, Kelly Pavlik, Diego Corrales and Johnny Tapia to name a few.

Ennis is coming off a remarkable 2021 in which he stopped veterans Thomas Dulorme and Sergey Lipinets with relative ease and confidence, leaving fans abuzz with intrigue. Many began to speculate that Ennis could likely hand defeat to the likes of Crawford and WBC/IBF titlist Errol Spence Jr. Dunkin is happy to see the rest of the boxing public come to his long-held opinion.

“When I brought up Crawford from the start, I said how good he was and everyone was walking around [Adrien] Broner. Everyone thought I was crazy. They said you’ll never find someone who can beat this man. I said, “I already do that.” ‘Who?’ I said, “Terence Crawford.” They said ‘He will be smoked by Broner’, and I said ‘He will break into Broner’s face’ and it turned out I was right. Terence is the much better fighter and he is committed. I said he was a great fighter.

“Then I saw ‘Boots’ and I said, ‘He will beat Crawford’ and everyone said, ‘You’re an idiot and you don’t know what you’re talking about.’ Now they’re wondering, aren’t they?’

Dunkin doesn’t have much hope that the fight will ever materialize, however, as there isn’t much financial benefit to Crawford in a fight with Ennis. Crawford, who is 34, is now a promotional free agent, but it is unclear who he will be dealing with next. On the other hand, Dunkin believes that Spence Jr. (27-0, 21 KO’s) would enter the ring with his dangerous attack.

“Crawford will never fight him,” Dunkin said. “I think Spence would probably fight him at 154. I don’t think he’ll fight him at 147. Maybe he’ll move on to 154 and open things up for 147.”

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