Ennis looked very impressive in the dominant win.
Philadelphia Native Picks Up 20th Career Win
Super middleweight Richard Pierson (11-3, 8 KOs) had looked impressive in his previous two outings coming into a co-feature on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights, but it turns out the New Jersey native was pushed onto a stage opposite veteran Farah Ennis (20-1, 12 KOs) a bit prematurely. Ennis controlled most of the action throughout the 10 rounds of this affair, with the hard hitting Pierson being abnormally gun shy for the most part.
It was apparent that the bright lights of ESPN and having a true contender in front of him had Pierson uncomfortable at the opening bell, as he looked tense and was very hesitant to open up his guard in front of his Philadelphia counterpart. A six-plus year pro, Ennis was completely the opposite, appearing very comfortable and loose as he started to go to the body early. Over the first few rounds, Ennis continued having success with that attack due to the fact that Pierson kept his guard high and remained vulnerable to the body work.
In the fourth frame, Ennis was truly finding his timing and was able to let his hands go with more ease. The Philadelphia resident had great fitness as well, which was evidenced by his refusal to sit on his stool even once in this bout. During that fourth stanza, he was beginning to really break down the guard of Pierson while also slipping in flush uppercuts due to his commitment to the body. His work was starting to leave its mark as well, with both of Pierson’s eyes starting to show some significant swelling.
Pierson finally found some comfort in the fifth round, and he began to open up more so than he had over the first 12 minutes of the fight. The power of Pierson is not something that ever was in question, and he appeared to have hurt Ennis with a quick flurry that gave him some confidence. However, he was unable to close after dishing that damage, which allowed Ennis to recover. In the sixth frame, Pierson looked to build on that momentum and use his speed, but his attack was matched by the man on the other side of the ring.
Heading into the down stretch of this encounter, Ennis continued to deal some well plotted body punches, and he was very effective when he chose his spots to attack. Pierson was clearly having some visual issues, and that is something that Ennis made sure to use to his advantage. He used slick head and body movement to deceive the eyes of his opponent, and he was very effective in firing off a jab from awkward locations.
This fight did turn out to go the distance, and the judges eventually made it official when they ruled it 99-91 and 98-92 (twice) in favor of Ennis. The end result was a dominant performance by the Philadelphia boxer, but Pierson is a fighter that definitely has the tools to be in this spot again.