In Jaron “Boots” Ennis’ mind, you can forget the neverending discussion surrounding Terence Crawford and Errol Spence and who’s the better welterweight or if Spence could have beaten Manny Pacquiao like Yordenis Ugas did or if Shawn Porter can prove himself to be the best by taking down Crawford. It doesn’t matter, Ennis said. That’s because he thinks he’s the best welterweight in the world, and he apparently plans to show it on Saturday night. Here’s everything you need to know about Jaron “Boots” Ennis vs. Thomas Dulorme, including the odds, their records and a prediction on who will win.
For Ennis, the question of who’s the best at 147 pounds is an easy one to answer.
“I feel like I’m the most talented welterweight in the division,” Ennis said this week. “I’m great at everything. I can fight from either side, and I can box or fight on the inside. A lot of guys don’t want to prepare for someone who can do all that I can do. After I make this statement on Saturday night, I’m ready to keep moving up the ladder.”
On Saturday, Ennis isn’t the one in the main event. Those spots belong to Jamal James and Radzhab Butaev, and the winner could be the one to face Ugas next. But don’t be surprised if Ennis tries to make himself the star of the night, anyway.
“I’m going to continue to do what I’ve been doing, and that’s putting on dominating performances. Everyone knows I’m in and out like a robbery,” Ennis said. “On Saturday night, you can expect fireworks. I’m going to look good and come out victorious in knockout fashion.”
Though Ennis is coming off the biggest victory of his career, a sixth-round knockout of Sergey Lipinets, Dulorme is not a pushover. The last time he was stopped came in 2015 when he faced Terence Crawford. In that fight, Crawford ended Dulorme’s night in the sixth round—which, frankly, could be the measuring stick Ennis uses to determine whether his night was success. Since then, though, Dulorme has proven himself to be durable.
He almost never beats the top guys he faces. But he makes his opponents work hard for the victory.
“You don’t always need strength in boxing to overcome obstacles,” Dulorme said. “You need experience and technique. I believe I have those attributes and that it’s going to help me come out on top. I’ve sparred all the best and I’m going to use it in my fight … Ennis is a good fighter. But his best win was against Sergey Lipinets, who was a 140-pounder. I don’t think he has the experience yet to overcome a fighter like myself.”
Here’s more info on the Jaron ‘Boots’ Ennis vs. Thomas Dulorme showdown that U.S. viewers can watch on Showtime beginning at 10 p.m. ET.
Jaron ‘Boots’ Ennis vs. Thomas Dulorme odds
Ennis is a huge favorite, and clearly, it’s not worth betting on him at -5000 (bet $5,000 to win $100). Even taking Dulorme at +1000 (win $1,000 on a $100 wager) is not advisable since it’s really difficult to see him winning (maybe you could grab him at +1200). So, to find value, you have to look at the round props, something like Ennis to win by KO/TKO in rounds 5-6 at +300. Honestly, though, it’s probably not worth putting money on this fight unless you want to parlay it with something else.
If you were looking for a fun parlay for this weekend’s action of boxing (and this is only for entertainment purposes), I might take Ennis to win by stoppage at -900, Jamal James to beat Radzhab Buatev at -110 and Jose Zepeda to pull off the slight upset of Josue Vargas at +100. All of that would pay you $324 on a $100 wager. On the other hand, I don’t feel great about most of those picks and would probably skip this week of wagering.
Jaron ‘Boots’ Ennis vs. Thomas Dulorme records
Ennis is one of the best prospects in boxing, and after dominating Lipinets, a former 140-pound world titlist, in April, he’s now 27-0 with 25 KOs. Dulorme isn’t really a step up from Lipinets—in fact, he might be a slight step down—but Ennis has proven so far in his career that he’s going to be an elite welterweight and potentially could make life difficult for Crawford and Spence. Dulorme is only in his way.
Dulorme’s 25-5-1 (16 KOs) record is mediocre, but he’s faced an impressive line of top-notch fighters. He’s just lost to them all, including Crawford, Ugas, Jamal James and Eimantas Stanionis. Dulorme was talented enough to pull a draw out of Jessie Vargas in 2018, and he upset the undefeated Terrel Williams 11 months later. But yes, there’s a big reason Ennis is the overwhelming favorite.
Jaron ‘Boots’ Ennis vs. Thomas Dulorme prediction
At this point in his career, only one opponent has managed to last six rounds with Ennis. I don’t think Dulorme is going to see the seventh round either. Ennis is too strong and too talented, and Dulorme, once a couple of rounds have passed, is going to have a hard time keeping up with him and standing up to his punches. Say, Ennis with the fifth-round stoppage.