Terence Crawford may be waiting to close a deal to fight Errol Spence Jr, but he is keeping his eye on another potential future opponent.
Jaron ‘Boots’ Ennis is the one of the biggest rising stars in the sport and tipped by many to win a world title at Welterweight.
To do that he will have to go through Crawford or Spence who are negotiating an Undisputed super-fight for this year.
Ennis is in the top three with all four sanctioning bodies but crucially has a number one contender slot with the WBO.
Crawford, who holds that title, could face Ennis in 2023 if he emerges victorious against Spence and becomes Undisputed Welterweight champion.
During an interview with Kieran Mulvaney and Eric Raskin for Showtime Sports Crawford had this to say about Ennis.
“Well, Boots is a tremendous, talented guy. I been watching him in the amateurs like I was watching Errol Spence.”
“Very talented, go both (southpaw and orthodox), very strong, knows boxing. He’s gonna be a force to be reckoned with, and me and him, later down the line, if that come on my table and it’s a right fight for me, I’m taking it all.”
Ennis is, however, without a marquee win on his record, something which Crawford recognises but says the Philadelphian is doing everything right so far.
“He proven that he belongs in the top echelon with the fights that he fought, that he deserves a shot.”
“Not saying that he beat an elite fighter yet in the welterweight division, but the guys that he has fought to get here right now, he passed the test with flying colours.”
“So, we never know until he get in there with the likes of the elite.”
Unbeaten in 29 fights Ennis last fought two months ago in an IBF eliminator when he made short work of Custio Clayton.