Kenny Porter has an eye for talent.

The father and coach who presided over the career of former welterweight champion Shawn Porter has also trained dozens of Olympic hopefuls for the USA Boxing team throughout the years. 

Jaron Ennis (30-0, 27 KOs) is one of the most touted prospects of the last decade who is now a cant-miss contender, and if you ask Porter, the Philadelphia fighter has all of the ingredients to be a prolific champion himself for years to come. 

“He’s a dynamic fighter,” Porter told K.O. Artist Sports. “I still think Boots needs a few more fights to get to that level, but he’s right there at that level. He’s pretty much, in my eyes, unbeatable.”

Porter credited the 25-year-old Ennis’ ascent and boxing acumen to the team he has around him featuring father and head trainer Bozy as well as brothers Farad and Derek, both of whom were former fighters. 

“The kid is really, really great, and his lineage. He was born and raised on this,” said Porter. “So, yeah, he’s got a great thing going on.” 

Ennis is coming off a win against Karen Chukhadzhian in which he went the full 12 rounds for the first time in his seven-year career. Ennis was awarded the IBF interim welterweight title for his shutout decision victory. 

Ennis is the mandatory challenger for unified 147-pound champion Errol Spence Jr.’s IBF title as well as the No. 2 challenger to WBO titlist Terence Crawford’s crown. 

Porter opined on how he envisions an Ennis fight playing out against the two top stars of the division. 

“I can see him getting that victory [against Crawford]. [Spence is] a tougher fight for him. That’s a bigger man on fight night, a much different style in terms of strength and in terms of size differential. Errol presents much more of a problem than Terence does. That one, I’m on the fence with that one. If they were fighting today, I’d say Errol beats [Ennis]. But they’re not fighting today.” 

Porter, however, does not envision a Spence fight with Ennis taking place anytime soon to begin with. 

“No, [Spence] is not going to fight [Ennis]. I’m dropping the mic right there,” Porter told in a separate interview. “He’s not going to fight him. Errol is at a level where he can make some decisions that Jaron can’t make at this point. He hasn’t gotten there yet. So, no, they’re not going to fight. It’s not going to happen.” 

Manouk Akopyan is a sports journalist, writer and broadcast reporter. He’s also a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America and MMA Journalists Association. He can be reached on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube at @ManoukAkopyan, via email at manouk[dot]akopyan[at] or on