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Boots Ennis Vs. Crowley fight canceled due to failed eye exam

IBF welterweight champion Jaron ‘Boots’ Ennis’ scheduled opponent for July 13, Cody Crowdy, failed his pre-fight eye exam and has now withdrawn from their headliner at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

Promoter Eddie Hearn faces a difficult decision

It is obviously a big disappointment for 26-year-old Boots Ennis as he has been out of the ring for 11 months since July 2023 and now has no opponent for his July 13 fight.

If Boots’ replacement fight lasts four to six months, he will be out of the ring for a year and a half at age 26. You don’t like to see that, especially with a young talent like Ennis.

Ennis signed with Hearn, believing he would keep him busy by fighting three times a year, but it doesn’t look like that will happen, at least not this year.

Boots Ennis promoter Eddie Hearn must decide whether to quickly find a replacement or move him to another date. Fans have suggested as much on social media Vergil Ortiz be the replacement, but he cannot reach 147.

The last thing Boots Ennis needs is Vergil Jr. ends up in hospital because he has become too heavy and has to be stretched again.

Hearn was promoting highly ranked welterweight competitor Conor Benn, but he probably wouldn’t want to meet Boots with just a month of training, get eaten and see his value, such as it is, to the British market ruined.

ESPN reports the news that IBF mandatory Crowley (22-0, 9 KOs) was forced to withdraw from the fight after failing his pre-fight eye exam.

Crowley’s eye surgery raises questions

He recently underwent eye surgery, which should have been a red flag for the promoters of the July 13 event not to use him. They should have noticed that Crowley, 31, had undergone eye surgery and had chosen to use someone else.

With Crowley out, fans will be pushing for Terence Crawford to return to the welterweight division to fight Boots Ennis and attempt to regain his stripped IBF title. However, he’s not going to do that.

Crawford fights WBA junior middleweight champion Israil Madrimov on August 3. He isn’t expected to return to the 147-lb division, especially against a talent like Boots Ennis.

The soon-to-be 37-year-old Crawford won’t be taking a risky fight against Boots, who many believe is a better version of the aging Nebraska native who is just playing his strings before retiring.

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