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ERROL SPENCE, JARON ENNIS AND THE FIVE POTENTIAL FIGHTS FOR NEW WORLD CHAMPION EIMANTAS STANIONIS
3 months ago

Eimantas Stanionis lifted the WBA regular world welterweight champion title with a bruising victory over Radzhab Butaev in Dallas.

The points win, after a brutal 12 rounds at the AT&T Stadium, confirmed Stanionis as one of the best fighters at 147lbs on the planet.

But who should be next in line for the 2016 Olympian?

Here we take a look at five potential blockbuster fights for Lithuanian hero Stanionis.

Errol Spence Jnr

Stanionis’ win over Butaev not only secured him the WBA belt but also made him the mandatory challenger to the the sanctioning body’s ‘Super’ champion at the weight, Spence Jnr.

Spence unified the welterweight division by stopping Yordenis Ugas on the same night Stanionis defeated Butaev but he immediately turned his attentions to WBO king Terence Crawford.

Stanionis said: “I don’t know if Spence will fight Crawford next. I am a sports fan too and so I would love to see that fight but I am also a young, hungry fighter who wants the biggest fights.

“I am contracted to fight Spence next so maybe he gives up the belts and I will fight somebody else.

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Yordenis Ugas

Stanionis agreed to step aside to allow Ugas to fight Spence, last month.

Ugas suffered a fractured orbital bone and huge swelling to his eye in the fight and will be sidelined for some time yet while he recovers.

But when fully healed, the 35-year-old Cuban would be a natural opponent for Stanionis, given they were meant to fight.

Jaron Ennis

‘Boots’ is the rapidly-rising star of the US scene and moved to 29-0 last weekend, when stopping Custio Clayton.

The leading contender with the IBF, the 24-year-old may pursue world title chances with that sanctioning body but a clash with Stanionis would be a huge fight for the division.

Vergil Ortiz Jnr

The big punching Ortiz is another off the US production of formidable welterweights.

Ortiz has 18 knockouts from 18 fights and is ranked No1 by the WBA, in the current standings.

A fight with Stanionis could not fail to deliver drama and action.

Conor Benn

Stanionis believes Benn is being “protected” by his team and would not risk a fight with him.

Benn is, reportedly, in talks over a fight with Jose Ramirez but promoter Eddie Hearn has told Boxing Social that there is the potential for a different fight, against an opponent that would have “everybody frothing at the mouth”.

Stanionis laughed off suggestions a fight between him and Benn would not sell out a big arena.

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