Jaron Ennis Sues Promoter for Breach of Contract, Seeks $1 Million in Judgement

Published 02/12/2024, 3:20 PM EST

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Jaron Ennis stands out. But not for reasons you’d expect. Despite an undefeated record, he’s fighting a different battle now. It’s not in the ring but in court. His opponent? His own promoter. The cause? A breach of contract, with Ennis seeking over $1 million in judgment.

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His last victory was in July 2023, a display of skill against Roiman Villa. Since then, silence. No gloves were thrown, and no bells were rung. Why has a rising star been left in the shadows? And what’s so crucial about this lawsuit that it overshadows his in-ring achievements?

Jaron Ennis vs. NOW Boxing

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Jaron ‘Boots’ Ennis, the undefeated IBF welterweight champion, has taken a decisive step outside the ring by filing a lawsuit against his promoter, NOW Boxing. The legal action, initiated on February 7th in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, centers on allegations of breach of contract.

According to BoxingScene.com, Ennis claims that NOW Boxing failed to deliver the promised number of fights, significantly hampering his career progression. Under their 2019 agreement, Ennis was to fight 4 times in the first 2 years and 3 times in the subsequent years. However, over 5 years, he has entered the ring only 10 times, a shortfall that stands at the heart of the lawsuit.

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The situation worsened after the passing of Cameron Dunkin, NOW Boxing’s original head. Leadership then passed to Kellie Dunkin, who, according to Ennis’ legal team, lacks experience in boxing promotion.

Ennis’ frustration is palpable, especially given his inactivity since his last bout against Roiman Villa in 2023. This fight, a 10th-round stoppage victory for Ennis in Atlantic City, marked his final appearance under NOW Boxing’s banner. The complaint meticulously outlines Ennis’ readiness and willingness to fight, contrasting sharply with the opportunities—or lack thereof—provided by NOW Boxing.

From failing fights to courtroom fights

The lawsuit seeks not only to void the existing contract with NOW Boxing but also demands a judgment exceeding $1 million. This bold move underscores Ennis’ determination to reclaim control over his career trajectory. Furthermore, it reflects broader issues within professional boxing, where contractual disputes often sideline promising talents.

Moreover, this legal battle arrives amidst a backdrop of failed negotiations and potential fights falling through, notably a highly anticipated bout against Terence Crawford. Despite the public interest and Ennis’ evident readiness to face top-tier opponents, such matches have not materialized, adding layers of complexity to his current predicament.

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Transitioning from in-ring action to courtroom strategy, Ennis’ case against NOW Boxing highlights not just a personal struggle but a significant moment in the business of boxing. As Ennis seeks justice through the legal system, the outcome of this lawsuit could have far-reaching implications for fighters’ rights and promoter responsibilities, marking a pivotal chapter in the sport’s ongoing narrative.

Also Read: Former Heavyweight Champion Outlines Jaron Ennis’ Path to Terence Crawford Fight

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How will the resolution of Jaron Ennis’ lawsuit influence the way young athletes approach their careers and contracts?

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