Mohegan Sun Casino, Connecticut, United States
Tape rankings @ Welterweight
Who won Ennis vs Heerden?
The fight took place over rounds in the Welterweight division, which meant the weight limit was 147 pounds (10.5 stone or 66.7 KG).
Ennis vs Heerden stats
Jaron ‘Boots’ Ennis stepped into the ring with an undefeated record of 26 wins, zero loses and 0 draws, 24 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Chris van Heerden made his way to the ring with a record of 28 wins, 2 loses and 1 draw, with 12 of those wins by knock out.
The stats suggested Ennis had a massive power advantage over Heerden, boosting at 92% knock out percentage over Heerden's 43%.
Jaron ‘Boots’ Ennis was the younger man by 10 years, at 23 years old.
Ennis had a height advantage of 1 inch over Heerden. That also extended to a 2-inch reach advantage.
Jaron ‘Boots’ Ennis fought out of the orthodox stance, while Chris van Heerden was a southpaw.
Ennis was the less experienced professional fighter, having had 5 less fights, and made his debut in 2016, 9 year and 7 months later than Heerden, whose first professional fight was in 2006. He had fought 163 less professional rounds, 70 to Heerden's 233.
Jaron ‘Boots’ Ennis went into the fight ranked number 12 by the WBC, 7 by the WBO and 10 by the IBF in the 147lb division.
Ennis vs Heerden form
Ennis remained undefeated as a professional, stopping 5 of his recent opponents.
In his last fight before this contest, he had won against Juan Carlos Abreu on 19th September 2020 by technical knockout in the 6th round at Mohegan Sun Casino, Connecticut, United States.
Previous to that, he had won against Bakhtiyar Eyubov on 10th January 2020 by technical knockout in the 4th round at Ocean Resort Casino, New Jersey.
Going into that contest, he had beat Demian Daniel Fernandez on 5th October 2019 by technical knockout in the 3rd round at Dort Federal Event Center, Michigan.
Before that, he had defeated Franklin Mamani on 23rd August 2019 by technical knockout in the 1st round at Main Street, Oklahoma.
He had won against Raymond Serrano on 16th November 2018 by knockout in the 2nd round at 2300 Arena, Pennsylvania.
Chris van Heerden had beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had defeated Aslanbek Kozaev on 17th August 2019 by unanimous decision in their 8 round contest at Banc of California Stadium, California, United States.
Previous to that, he had defeated Mahonri Montes on 23rd March 2019 by technical decision in their 6 round contest at The Hangar, California.
Going into that contest, he had beat Sacky Shikukutu on 22nd October 2016 by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest at Emperors Palace, Gauteng, South Africa.
Before that, he had won against Steve Claggett on 16th April 2016 by majority decision in their 10 round contest at Downtown Las Vegas Event Center, Nevada, United States.
He had been beaten by Errol Spence Jr on 11th September 2015 by technical knockout in the 8th round at Ricoh Coliseum, Toronto, Canada.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Jaron ‘Boots’ Ennis had been fighting more than Chris van Heerden.
Going to this contest, Jaron ‘Boots’ Ennis had last fought 4 months and 7 days ago, while Chris van Heerden's last outing had been 1 year, 5 months and 9 days ago.
Ennis' last 5 fights had come over a period of 1 year, 10 months and 3 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 5 months and 17 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 16 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 3.2 rounds on average.
Heerden's last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 11 months and 6 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 11 months and 25 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 44 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 8.8 rounds on average.
What time did Ennis vs Heerden start?
The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 9:00 pm EST / 6:00 pm PST at Mohegan Sun Casino, Connecticut, United States, which was around 2:00 am GMT in the UK.
Who broadcast Ennis vs Heerden?
Ennis vs Heerden was broadcast on ShowTime in the US, while the fight was broadcast in the United Kingdom by Premier Sports.