By Press Release | May 02, 2024

Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing and Boots Promotions are proud to announce that Jaron ‘Boots’ Ennis will defend his IBF World Welterweight title against Cody Crowley at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on Saturday, July 13, live worldwide on DAZN.

In his first fight as a World Champion, Ennis (31-0 28 KOs) will return to fight in his hometown for the first time since November 2018. The 26-year-old, born and raised in Germantown, returns to action just over a year since his stylish 10th round KO win over Roiman Villa in Atlantic City. During that fight, Ennis successfully defended his interim title before being elevated to full champion.

The man looking to spoil the party is mandatory challenger Crowley (22-0 9 KOs). The Las Vegas-based Canadian sits at #3 in the IBF rankings, with the #1 and #2 spots currently vacant. The unbeaten 31-year-old will get his first World title shot on enemy territory, returning to action following victory in Las Vegas in March 2023 over Abel Ramos.

“I’m excited for my homecoming especially being the first to fight at the Wells Fargo Center, the biggest arena in Philly,” said Jaron ‘Boots’ Ennis. “I can’t wait to show out and put on a beautiful, dominating, crushing performance in front of my family, friends and supporters while defending and retaining my IBF World title in spectacular fashion. I’m ready to step on any and everybody that’s in my way!”

“Ten years ago, I arrived in Las Vegas with a dream of becoming World champion, unbroken by the sport,” said Cody Crowley. “The only thing left to do is prove to the world in the City of Brotherly Love, that I am an undefeated champion, my spirit is unbeatable and I will fight for those who are too scared to fight.

“I will become the greatest in the world for my dad, who I love and miss dearly, my home country of Canada, and for world peace, so that others do not have to endure the same suffering. There is nothing anyone can do to break me. There is nothing I am not ready for. This next chapter is already written.”

“I am thrilled to be able to deliver a homecoming defense for Boots,” said Hearn. “Jaron is the next American star in boxing, and sports stars with all the tools he has should be headlining in their own city. 

“This is just the beginning for Jaron in Philadelphia, a town that absolutely loves their sport, and in Jaron they can boast that their hometown hero is the best in the business. July 13 is going to be a massive night - we can’t wait to come back to Philadelphia for the first of many epic nights with Boots.”

“As Philadelphia’s home for sports and entertainment, Wells Fargo Center is thrilled to welcome Boots Ennis and Cody Crowley for what is sure to be an epic battle,” said Michael Sulkes, SVP and General Manager of Wells Fargo Center. “Fans attending on July 13 should come ready for an electric atmosphere unlike any other they’ve experienced.”  

“Jaron Ennis is one of the biggest names in boxing and we are incredibly excited to be working with him,” said Alfie Sharman, VP DAZN. “Cody Crowley is a good fighter but with bigger tests to come, this is a chance for Boots to put the division on notice. Tune in live July 13, only on DAZN.”

Information on tickets will be released in the coming weeks.

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