Our resident boxing expert Rob Tebbutt looks ahead to this weekend’s intriguing IBF ‘interim’ welterweight title bout between Philadelphia’s hard-hitting sensation Jaron Ennis and Colombia’s Roiman Villa.
‘Boots’ Ennis is one of the best welterweights on the planet, and there is so much hype around him, but he is going in against an accomplished fighter in Roiman Villa, who is in good form of late.
He beat Rashidi Ellis last time out in impressive fashion, but I do expect the Philadelphian sensation Ennis to get the job done this weekend; and I do fancy him to get the win in impressive fashion too.
I feel that in his last fight against Karen Chukhadzhian he came up against an opponent who didn’t really want to engage with him, and as a consequence we weren’t able to see the best of Ennis.
Roiman Villa however will be far better suited to him. He will come forward, let his hands go and look to pressurise, but he is going to be there to be hit.
Villa is a big welterweight in his own right and whilst he will want to impose himself on the fight I think that it will all just work in Ennis’ favour.
I expect him to take his time early on, work his way into the fight and because of that it wouldn’t be surprising to see the bout go into the second half.
I think the odds are too short to be looking at for an early stoppage given the fact that I expect him to feel his way into the fight, as I’ve just said, so I would be looking at ‘Rounds 7 - 12’ which is priced up at 7/4.
If you think that Ennis may get taken the distance for a second fight in a row then you can get 11/2 on that, and if you are one of the few looking at Villa possibly pulling off a big upset then you can get a massive 6/1 on him doing so via any method.
But for me, my money will firmly be going on an Ennis stoppage between ‘Rounds 7 - 12’ at 7/4.