I will get the KO vs. Sergey Lipinets

Among the most popular images in boxing history is of the famous previous heavyweight champ Muhammad Ali undersea in a pool tossing a punch.

It was taken in the mid-1960s, not long after he beat Sonny Liston to end up being the heavyweight champ of the world. The picture was proof that Ali would do anything it required to prepare himself for his bouts.

Jaron “Boots” Ennis, who on Saturday (9 p.m. ET, Showtime) will deal with Sergey Lipinets in the most considerable bout of his profession, has a much better concept than the majority of the obstacles that Ali dealt with while training undersea.

His dad, Derrick “Bozy” Ennis, utilizes non-traditional training approaches, among which has him working on a treadmill which remains in water that comes near his chest.

“It’s harder to control your breathing when you’re running on a treadmill that is underwater,” Ennis stated. “It’s something different, and I like it. … It feels like there’s a thousand-pound weight when you’re running. It’s crazy. It’s hard to explain. You’d have to do it, but it’s real different.”

Such training gets him into excellent condition, he stated, and he feels he can go as difficult in the last minute of the 12th round as he carries out in the very first minute of the opening round.

He’s one of the sport’s elite potential customers, and still hasn’t gone more than 6 rounds. He originates from a battling household — his siblings, Derek and Farah are likewise fighters, in addition to his dad — so he has the genes. However Ennis’ work in the fitness center makes a distinction he stated in his capability to complete at a top-level.

“Everybody always says, ‘Oh, he’s never been past six rounds; how’s he [going to do if the fight goes long]?’ ” Ennis stated. “But my team knows and the people who are around me in camp know. After the sixth round, I keep getting stronger and stronger. They see it when I spar, but it could be anything, drill work, anything. The more time you give me, the more I’m going to get better and stronger as we go on.”

Jaron Ennis, right, throws a right punch against Bakhtiyar Eyubov during the second round of a welterweight bout in Atlantic City, N.J., Friday, Jan. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Jaron Ennis, right, throws a right punch against Bakhtiyar Eyubov during the second round of a welterweight bout in Atlantic City, N.J., Friday, Jan. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Ennis: I will get the KO vs. Lipinets

He’s one of two unbeaten knockout artists in the welterweight division who is on the cusp of contention. Ennis, 23, is coming off a no contest with Chris van Heerden in December in which the fight was stopped because of a cut on van Heerden’s head caused by an inadvertent head butt.

Prior to that, Ennis had reeled off 16 consecutive knockouts.

Vergil Ortiz Jr., also 23, stopped Maurice Hooker in the seventh round last month and is 17-0 with 17 KOs. Ortiz has never gone past the seventh round.

If Ennis defeats Lipinets on Saturday, a fight with Ortiz would be highly attractive. Both are ready for the next level of competition and a fight between them would anoint the winner as the division’s next big thing.

Ennis worked out the day that Ortiz fought and though his plan was to watch the fight, he didn’t.

He had a good excuse, though, even though many who have not seen his father put a fighter through his paces may not understand it.

“I had a really hard workout that day and I got home and sat down and I just fell asleep, so I didn’t see it,” Ennis stated, chuckling, of the Ortiz-Hooker battle. “I just work so hard when I’m in camp, I don’t have much time to do anything else but eat and sleep.”

The payoff should come on Saturday with yet another victory. Lipinets is a professional who won’t be intimidated by Ennis’ power, and it could set up for a slugfest.

But Ennis isn’t so sure, particularly because of the way Lipinets fights.

“We all know he’s going to come forward and be right there in front of me,” Ennis stated. “His style plays perfectly into my style. If he’s coming forward, he’ll be running into everything and it’s perfect. It’s going to be a long night for him and I’m going to put on a dominating, punishing performance. I will get the knockout.”

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.