Jaron Ennis goes the distance vs. Karen Chukhadzhian, winning a wide unanimous decision for the interim title

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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 07: Jaron Ennis beats Karen Chukhadzhian in their IBF Welterweight Championship interim match at Capital One Arena on January 7, 2023 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Jaron Ennis hits Karen Chukhadzhian in their interim IBF Welterweight Championship match at Capital One Arena on January 7, 2023 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

It wasn’t the performance Jaron Ennis was looking for on Saturday when he met Ukrainian Karen Chukhadzhian for the IBF interim welterweight title at Capital One Arena in Washington, DC in the co-main event of the Pay card -Per-View Showtime.

Ennis, one of the bright young stars of the welterweight division, couldn’t find his offense and never showed the power that led him to 27 knockouts in his first 29 fights, all of which were winning

But Ennis is a versatile fighter, and she managed to find a way to win away despite not being able to get off his best stuff.

Chukhadzhian fought very defensively, and he proved good, harassing Ennis, that he could never open up.

But Ennis never stopped working and under pressure and won the match by unanimous decision by a wide margin but knocked out Chukhadzhian’s team. Ennis won all 12 rounds on the three judges’ scorecards, claiming a 120-108 overall decision as he went the full 12 rounds for the first time.

Chukhadzhian’s move gave Ennis some issues, but to be fair, it also took a lot of clean shots from Ennis. The punch statistics showed that Ennis landed 46 percent of his power shots, but never came close to a knockdown.

Ennis worked like a worker to win the rounds and avoid a big mistake that would have been in trouble.

“I just learned to take my time,” Ennis said. “I wasn’t running.”

It didn’t win him many new fans, but it kept him unbeaten and gave him a belt, albeit one with little impact. Errol Spence holds the unified title, with the IBF, WBA and WBC belts, and Terence Crawford, the pound-for-pound king, is the WBO champion.

Ennis said that he wants to fight as well, but it is not clear what his path will be.

He showed that he was in good shape and that his defense was good enough for everyone but Chukhadzhian’s jab. Chukhadzhian connected on 5 of 200 foul shots and on only 92 of his 373 power shots.

That’s the kind of bout that so many rising stars have to go through, and if it was Ennis’ worst win, that’s saying something about him. On his worst night, he won all 12 rounds against a strong and slow opponent.

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