- The Interim IBF Welterweight title is on the line for this fight.
- Jaron Ennis is the heavy-betting favorite at -1200.
- Roiman Villa is the overwhelming betting underdog at +650.
A top-flight welterweight boxing clash goes down this Saturday, July 8, 2023, at The Ballroom inside Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey, as Interim IBF Welterweight champion Jaron Ennis (30-0) defends his belt against Roiman Villa (26-1). Both fighters are eager to prove that they are not only top contenders but that they belong in the upper echelon of the welterweight division.
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Due to his undefeated record with an 87% of TKO/KO percentage, Ennis leads Villa in the boxing odds as a heavy favorite at -1200, while Villa, in spite of his slightly higher finishing rate of 88%, will be the overwhelming underdog at +650 because of a lone defeat in his 27-fight professional career. Additionally, he hasn’t won any major titles yet. The winner of this 147-pound showdown will likely fight another top name in the division in his next bout.
Jaron Ennis Recent Fight Results
Jaron Ennis had a successful amateur career, winning multiple national titles and competing in Olympic trials before jumping into the paid ranks in 2016. He made a successful debut against Cory Muldrew with an outstanding opening-round knockout, and since then, he has never dropped a fight, thus maintaining his perfect record.
In July 2018, “Boots” captured his first boxing title by stopping Armando Alvarez via third-round TKO to win the vacant WBC USA Silver Welterweight belt. He needed more than eight victories to earn his first major title opportunity in January 2023 against Karen Chukhadzhian for the Interim IBF World Welterweight title. He maximized the chance by outlasting Chukhadzhian on his way to a unanimous decision win.
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Roiman Villa Recent Fight Results
Roiman Villa is a boxer from Rosario, Venezuela, who has 26 wins (including 24 TKO/KOs) and one loss. He made his pro debut in January 2015. He dominated the competition in the Latin America region, where he piled up 19 wins, all by stoppage, before absorbing a loss at the hands of Marcos Villasana via a split decision result in April 2019.
“Flaco de Oro” quickly bounced back from that defeat by stringing up five consecutive finishes. He made his US debut in September 2022 when he beat Janelson Figueroa Bocachica unanimously. Villa’s latest victory came against Rashidi Ellis in January 2023, as he secured a majority decision nod from the judges.
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Jaron Ennis vs. Roiman Villa: Tale of the Tape
Jaron Ennis vs. Roiman Villa: Fight Analysis
The tale of the tape for this crucial welterweight bout benefits Jaron Ennis, as he will enjoy three inches of height and four inches of reach advantage at 5-foot-10 and 74 inches against Roiman Villa, who stands at 5-foot-7 with 70 inches. Their records are almost identical, with the defending champion parading a perfect 30-0 record, while the challenger has 26 wins and one loss.
In terms of TKO/KO rate, Ennis and Villa are feared power punchers, flexing their 87% and 88% of finishing rates, respectively. Both are also fighting in an orthodox stance. These welterweights know how to finish their opponents because they throw a volume of power punches and combinations that overwhelms their foes.
Ennis likes to land an array of head and body combinations, highlighting his atomic power in both hands. He uses different ways to find angles for combinations: he cuts his opponent’s space through strong jabs, he can sneak in a strong counterpunch in between exchanges and uses his footwork to find openings even if he backpedals.
Meanwhile, Villa is more of a linear and brawler type of fighter who forces his opponents to retreat by swinging power hooks. The Venezuelan is fully aware of the power that he possesses, which is why he goes after the opposition directly. Unlike Ennis, who employs a combination of the head and body, Villa is a head-hunter, using his left and right hooks to land a lethal blow.
This relentless power punching was fully displayed in “Flaco de Oro’s” previous fight against Rashidi Ellis, as he almost scored a late stoppage. Villa swarmed Ellis with constant hooks from left to right, which backed him up and eventually dropped him in the 12th round. However, there are a few holes in this fighting approach for Villa.
Because of this style, Villa presents himself as a vulnerable target for counterpunches. It was also seen in the Ellis fight that he was occasionally caught with counters which visibly rocked him and almost knocked him down. If this is the same approach that the 30-year-old will be bringing this weekend, it spells trouble.
As mentioned earlier, Ennis has the ability to fight on his back foot while still throwing power shots. Unlike Ellis, who doesn’t attempt multiple counterpunches, the reigning Interim IBF title-holder would be glad to welcome Villa to come in closer to him and maneuver his way into a punishing counter that can end the fight instantly.
Jaron Ennis vs. Roiman Villa: Date and Start Time
July 8, 2023, 6:30 p.m. PT
July 8, 2023, 8:30 p.m. CT
July 8, 2023, 9:30 p.m. ET
Jaron Ennis vs. Roiman Villa: Fight Prediction
Official Prediction: TKO/KO victory for Jaron Ennis.
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