Richard Quiñones (Journeymen Boxing) – Rising hot welterweight prospect Jaron Ennis remained unbeaten with a gritty and tough six-round unanimous decision over rugged James Winchester Friday night at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia.
Ennis (10-0, 8KO’s) took control of the action early on and did not get caught up with Winchester’s antics throughout the bout.
The 19-year-old showed great poise and skill as he methodically mixed in body shots throughout the first several rounds. He fought a very smart fight, and started to pick up it midway through the contest, as he was able to use his jab and power to clearly hurt and frustrate the overmatched but tough Winchester, who fell to 20-13.
Ennis’ best round might have been round two, when he fired off several solid shots that landed and scored. He was able to throw off his opponent’s constant need to grab and clinch, but keeping his legs moving.
However, there was a brief moment when Winchester’s dirty tactics reared their ugly head, as he tackled Ennis to the canvas, throwing a nasty right hand as Ennis laid flat on his back, prompting referee Shawn Clark to deduct a point.
Ennis, though, settled in and cruised from there as all three judges saw it 60-54.