Karen Chukhadzhian: I Want Fans To Be Surprised By End Of My Fight With Jaron Ennis TV Stream Preview, Betting Odds and Prediction - January 7
Karen Chukhadzhian understands that he’ll encounter undoubtedly the most dangerous opponent of his career Saturday night.
Jaron Ennis is listed by Caesars Sportsbook as a 40-1 favorite over Chukhadzhian because the undefeated Philadelphia native possesses an uncommon combination of intelligence, power, skill, speed and athleticism. Chukhadzhian has won 20 straight fights, including each of his last four bouts by knockout, but none of those men remotely resemble the 25-year-old Ennis, who is touted as one of boxing’s rising stars.
As daunting as this assignment is perceived to be, Ukraine’s Chukhadzhian felt that this opportunity to fight for the IBF interim welterweight title is a potentially career-changing chance that he couldn’t pass up. Ennis (29-0, 27 KOs, 1 NC) and Chukhadzhian (21-1, 11 KOs) are set to square off in Showtime Pay-Per-View’s co-feature before Baltimore’s Gervonta Davis (27-0, 25 KOs) and Dominican southpaw Hector Luis Garcia (16-0, 10 KOs, 1 NC) meet in the 12-round main event at Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C. ($74.99; 9 p.m. ET).
“I’m going to [the] U.S. not to get a paycheck,” Chukhadzhian said during a recent virtual press conference, according to his translator. “I’m going to [put up] a good fight. And I will not give up until I will do it.”
Ennis is the IBF’s number one-ranked welterweight contender. Chukhadzhian is rated fourth, but he was the leading available contender to face Ennis because the second spot in the IBF’s rankings is vacant and third-rated Vergil Ortiz Jr. (19-0, 19 KOs) will challenge WBA world welterweight champ Eimantas Stanionis (14-0, 9 KOs, 1 NC) next.
Chukhadzhian is virtually unknown among American boxing fans, but the Karlsruhe, Germany resident expects to make a positive impression in his U.S. debut.
“First of all, I’d like them to be satisfied from the fight that they will see,” Chukhadzhian said. “And also, I am planning to do a surprise as well, so this is the second point that I would like to highlight. I want them to be surprised at the end.”
Ennis, whose handlers have had trouble enticing top welterweights to fight him, is thankful Chukhadzhian wasn’t as reluctant as most 147-pound contenders to embrace this tough task.
WBA ‘regular’ lightweight champion Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis and challenger Hector Luis Garcia both weighed 134 pounds on Friday for their main event bout on Showtime pay-per-view for their 9:00 p.m. event. This is a formidable hurdle that Tank Davis must get past to face Ryan Garcia in April.
The welterweight boxing contender Jaron Ennis has 29 wins, 27 knockouts and one simple request: to face an opponent who can withstand his punches.
Fulfilling it is trickier than it seems.
Sergey Lipinets, a rugged Russian boxer, was supposed to be such a foe. Ennis, a fast-handed puncher from Philadelphia, dismantled him in six rounds in April 2021, dropping Lipinets with a thunderous right hook and left hand. The referee waved the fight off without even counting.
In May, Custio Clayton came into a bout against Ennis with an unblemished record and Olympic pedigree, having represented Canada in 2012. Ennis starched him in two rounds, knocking Clayton woozy with a looping right hand to the ear.
Even as he enters a match with the Ukrainian contender Karen Chukhadzhian on Saturday night in Washington, D.C., with an undefeated record, Ennis reckons boxing fans have seen only a fraction of his skill set. He says the two welterweights he has targeted for later this year are durable enough to bring the best out of him. Those fighters, Errol Spence Jr. and Terence Crawford, would be on his ideal schedule for 2023.