Jaron Ennis vs. Sergey Lipinets
Virtual Press Conference Quotes
Rising welterweight star Jaron ďBootsĒ Ennis and former
world champion Sergey Lipinets previewed their upcoming
12-round showdown during a virtual press conference Friday
before they square off in the main event live on SHOWTIME
Saturday, April 10 from Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville,
Conn. in a Premier Boxing Champions event.
The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast begins at 9 p.m.
ET/6 p.m. PT and will see Ennis face his toughest test to
date on his pursuit of a world title shot, while Lipinets
looks to make a statement on his quest toward becoming a
two-division world champion, having previously captured a
title at 140 pounds.
The action will also feature unbeaten Eimantas Stanionis
taking another step up in class in the co-main event, as he
faces former world title challenger Thomas Dulorme in a
12-round WBA Welterweight Title Eliminator. In the telecast
opener, IBF Junior Bantamweight World Champion Jerwin
ďPretty BoyĒ Ancajas makes the ninth defense of his title
against Jonathan RodrŪguez in a 12-round bout.
The event is promoted by TGB Promotions. Ennis vs. Lipinets
is promoted in association with D&D Boxing.
Here is what the press conference participants had to say
ďTraining camp has been going well. Iím ready to rock and
roll, ready to shine and take over this division. Itís my
time and this is the fight thatís going to take me to the
next level and bring out the skills and ability that youíve
never seen before. You will see an amazing, strong, sharp
fighter ready to put on a punishing performance and get the
knockout at the end of the night.
ďI know Sergey Lipinets is going to come forward and be
right in front of me. Thatís his style and itís perfect for
me. His style clashes perfectly with mine and heís going to
be running into shots all night long.
ďItís a great feeling to be fighting in the main event of
SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING for the first time. Iím excited
and itís just my time. After this fight, itís on to bigger
and better and I just canít wait.
ďWhatever he brings, Iím going to be ready for it. We donít
look at anybody as a stepping stone but this fight is going
to take me to the next level. I can do a bunch of different
things and my opponent doesnít know how Iím going to come
out. He just needs to know Iím ready and this is the hardest
Iíve ever worked to get ready for a fight. Iíve been waiting
for this opportunity for a very long time and I finally got
a guy with a name and now itís my time to shine and show the
world my talent and show them that Iím not to be played
with. Iím a dangerous man and they will see on April 10.
ďEvery time I fight, they always say itís a step-up. And
then when I do what I do, they say I need to fight somebody
better. At the end of the day, I just work for myself and my
family and my team. Iím just focused on getting better each
and every fight and I just work harder and harder every time
so I can perform to the best of my ability and show the
world that with each fight, Iím getting better, stronger and
ďBeating Lipinets would take my career to the next level
because heís a former world champion at 140 pounds and he
fought a lot of top guys. Making a statement against him is
definitely a whole different level and it would boost me all
the way up the rankings. I feel like after this fight, itís
on to bigger and better things. But we have business to
handle on April 10 first.
ďI donít watch tape of the guys that I fight. I leave that
up to my team because you never know how a guy is going to
come out. Just because he did one thing against one opponent
doesnít mean heís going to do the same thing with me. You
have to prepare yourself all the way around and thatís what
we do. I do know that heís a great fighter, but itís my
ďNot looking past Sergey Lipinets, but with me doing my
thing on April 10, I definitely feel like Iíll be ready for
a world title shot by the end of the year. You know me. Iíll
fight anybody and everybody. All they have to do is call.
Iím hungry and Iíve been waiting for these types of fights.
All I want to do is fight, be great, be a legend and a
multi-division world champion.
ďEverybody has different roads to a world title. Mine is
taking a little longer than some others but I donít mind it.
Iím still learning. Iím young and Iím getting better each
and every fight. Iím fine with the way that my career is
progressing. Everything is happening for a reason. Itís
perfect timing for this opportunity.Ē
ďIím a hard worker and Iím not afraid of anything. Nothing
is going to scare me when I step into a ring. This Ďstepping
stoneí is going to be too high for Ennis. Iím going to go in
there and give him a hell of a night.
ďIf you look at my career and how I went through the ranks,
I did something that a lot of people didnít. I was a world
champion 13 fights in. I like to fight and I like
challenges. Ennis is the challenge this time. Iíve never
hesitated or thought twice about taking a fight. I wanted to
fight the best, and Ennis is one of the best out there right
now. If I win, it will further prove that I belong where I
am right now.
ďIím learning with every fight that I have. The question is
how to correct the mistakes you make. Before I even knew I
would fight Ennis, I was already back in the gym working on
correcting little mistakes from the Custio Clayton fight.
ďWeíve watched Ennisí fights and this is a guy whoís not
going to shy away or just stay on the outside. Heís going to
come to fight and that appealed to me. Thatís what I like
and Iím looking forward to it.
ďUltimately, we all want those world titles. This is the
kind of fight where the winner canít be denied anymore.
Ennis is not a boogeyman, heís another fighter with two
hands and two feet.
ďIím sure that heís training hard for 12 rounds. Weíre both
going to be ready. Ultimately, our main goal is to put on a
great show. May the best man win. Itís hard to predict how
heíll do in the later rounds, because it does look like he
belongs with me at the top of the division. Weíll find out
on April 10.
ďIím not thinking about anything thatís going to happen
after this fight. Iím just worried about April 10. I have to
deal with Jaron Ennis, and thatís not an easy task. After
this fight, we can have that conversation about the other
big names at welterweight.
ďIt may look like Iím a fighter whoís standing there in
front of you, but Iím good at working hard, getting into my
opponentís chest and doing what I do best, which is throw
punches from every possible angle. The punch that is really
going to hurt you, is the one that you donít see coming.
ďItís been a hard training camp because itís probably easier
for Ennis to get a sparring partner who is like me, than it
is for me to get someone like Ennis. Weíve had to get a lot
of fighters in here and itís made it a hard camp. Iíve been
digging real deep every day in training.Ē
TOM BROWN, President of TGB Promotions
ďThis is really is a fantastic main event. Ennis is one of
boxingís fastest-rising talents. He has the kind of style
that just makes great fights. He has tremendous hand speed,
punching power and he can switch styles from orthodox to
southpaw, which makes it very hard for opponents to prepare
ďEnnis is taking a big step up in class against the former
world champion Sergey Lipinets, who always comes to fight.
Heís a seasoned aggressive fighter with serious punching
power. In his only loss, a world title defense against Mikey
Garcia, you could see that he landed the bigger, harder,
more punishing shots and you could tell by looking at
Garciaís face after the fight.
ďLipinets can make it a tough night for anyone. This fight
will show us if Ennis has the goods to be the next big thing
at 147 pounds.
ďThis is a tremendous tripleheader starting out with a great
world title fight. With Eimantas Stanionis stepping up
against Thomas Dulorme in the co-main event, we see another
rising star in the division. I think that Stanionis and
Ennis might be the two guys a notch ahead of the other
rising contenders at 147-pounds. Plus the all-action main
event, itís going to be great for the fans watching on
STEPHEN ESPINOZA, President, Sports and Event Programming,
Showtime Networks Inc.
ďWe are really excited about this card and the whole
weekend. For SHOWTIME, it is a big fight weekend. Friday
night, weíve got the launch of our Light Heavyweight World
Grand Prix from BELLATOR MMA as part of our three
consecutive weeks of BELLATOR MMA on SHOWTIME. I canít think
of a better way to top this whole weekend off with two of
the most exciting fighters in the 147-pound division. Two of
the most fan-friendly fighters in the division. This is
guaranteed to be an exciting fight.
ďWe have three intriguing, meaningful fights on Saturday
April 10. We open with a world title fight and that shows
the depth of this card and the quality of the card. You can
look across the networks and all the various platforms, you
donít see many cards with a world title fight three fights
down. It should be an all-action world title fight with
Jerwin Ancajas and Jonathan Rodriguez. In the co-feature,
fast-rising young welterweight Eimantas Stanionis against
the veteran Thomas Dulorme. Given those two styles, Iíd
expect all action.
ďThe main event is one of the premier fights on the schedule
this spring. Itís something that fight fans have been
looking forward to ever since it was first identified as a
possibility. Weíve seen Sergey Lipinets on SHOWTIME several
times. He is an aggressive fighter. You know exactly what he
does when he gets in the ring. Heís all-action and heís a
big puncher. Jaron is the same type of fighter. This has the
makings of a real war. Two highly accomplished guys in the
welterweight division. We may just be seeing who is the
future in the welterweight division when weíre done with
ďOne of the things that we enjoy most at SHOWTIME is helping
build a fighter. Our audience likes it when they can see
guys over and over again and watch as a fighter matures.
Thatís what happened with Sergey. We had him on for one of
his early fights and we saw him all the way through a world
title and big fights. With ĎBootsí, weíve been proud to work
with him as he grows from a young fighter and highly
regarded prospect on ShoBox to now seeing another big step
in his career as a main event. If heís able to win, his
credentials put him up at the top of the division. The same
goes for Sergey. The winner of this fight deserves a
high-level fight. These are two guys at the top of the
division, two of the most exciting guys in the division and
whoever comes out on top is due for a world title shot in
the very near future.Ē