Klitschko-Jennings Preview

By Robert Ecksel on April 24, 2015
Klitschko-Jennings Preview
If you lose in politics, you just pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and become a lobbyist.

If boxing is indeed the “theater of the unexpected,” anything is possible, including the champion bringing down the curtain early…

“You cannot create experience. You must undergo it.”—Albert Camus

Saturday night at New York’s Madison Square Garden, WBA/WBO/IBF/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (63-3, 53 KOs), from Kiev, Ukraine, by way of Zhangiztobe, Kazakhstan, defends his titles against unbeaten Bryant “By-By” Jennings (19-0, 10 KOs), hailing from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The fight will be televised live on HBO at 10:00 PM/ET.

Klitschko has not lost a fight in over a decade. He has won 21 straight fights since losing to Lamon Brewster in 2004, with 16 of those wins coming by early stoppage. He has never ducked anybody (unless one insists on counting Shannon Briggs), and if his opponents have left something to be desired, the fault lies with them, not with the formidable Dr. Steelhammer.

Despite being 39 years old, Klitschko has no intention of slowing down.

“‘As long as I have motivation and health, I’ll do it,” he said. “I don’t feel old, or bad, or slow. What could be cooler, or better, than to be the best man on the planet and beating up people for a living?”

Speaking of beating up people, the 30-year-old Jennings, who is giving up three inches in height and oodles of experience to the champ, believes Klitschko is looking past him, presumably at Deontay Wilder or Tyson Fury, which By-By believes makes the Ukrainian ripe for the taking.

“‘My first edge is youth,” said Jennings. “Youth is always an edge that you can’t deny. I think I’m better than the majority of the experienced fighters. You can point out an experienced fighter that doesn’t have as much talent as me.”

Jennings is athletic, which can’t be said for Tyson Fury. But his late start and inexperience, especially when going up against a machine like Klitschko, doesn’t bode well for the Philly fighter.

“I don’t pretty much play that experience game,” said Jennings, “because everybody who I face has more experience than me. Experience plays a part but it’s not a big part because we’ve seen situations where the inexperienced guy comes out on top whether it’s in sports, whether it’s in politics, whether it’s in anything.”

But this isn’t just anything. It’s boxing. If you lose in politics, you just pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and become a lobbyist. If you lose in boxing, nine times out of ten it’s the end of the world.

“I’m prepared for Bryant Jennings,” said Klitschko. “I do have great respect for Bryant Jennings and his achievements. He has good movement in the ring and good technique. I know this will be a tough challenge I’m not going to underestimate him by no means. I’m not going to overestimate him by no means. We can only fight in the way we can fight and I think that it’s going to be an exciting fight. He’s highly motivated, he’s very energetic, he’s a little hyper type of fighter, he’s very athletic and he moves a lot. But hopefully he’s not going to move around too much. Hopefully he’s going to come to fight the same way as Pulev did. He didn’t move around much. He just came in and was throwing punches and being aggressive. So I’m hoping and expecting that Bryant Jennings is going to give me a fight where he’s going to be aggressive.”

Jennings may be aggressive, but he needs to know that aggression begets aggression.

“I’m aware of the specimen in Wladimir,” said Jennings. “He’s a very dedicated individual. He’s always been. He appears to live the clean life and he’s a 100% athlete. There’s a lot of things that I’ll be taking on come Saturday, but there are some things that I bring to the table as well. He has a great jab but I have an exceptional jab compared to his as well. There are definitely plenty of ways to actually get inside of a jab, like lateral movement, head movement and relentless effort.

“I’ll be what I think is the fourth Philly-born heavyweight to ever fight for a title and the second Philly-born heavyweight to ever win it once I become champion.”

If boxing is indeed the “theater of the unexpected,” anything is possible, including the champion bringing down the curtain early.

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Wladimir Klitschko vs Bryant Jennings promo

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  1. nicolas 08:44pm, 04/25/2015

    GALVAR: I have to somewhat agree with you. For me Klitsckko seemed somewhat confused from rounds 9-11. It also seemed like his poorest performance in a long time. I think a case could be made that Jennings won more than 3 rounds. If he fights Fury or Wilder, men who are respectively bigger or as big as he is, he might have problems. He was lucky that Jennings does not have the big punch. I think at 39, tonight Wlad showed us his age. One think of course of interest here is that Jennings is supposed to have a 84 inch reach, three more than Wlad.

  2. Galvar 08:12pm, 04/25/2015

    I guess W didn’t count on Jennings having a chin.  It’s about time someone called him out on the holding/wrestling thing he does.  Jennings lost but I bet there’s a bunch of HWs who learned a lot from this fight.

  3. nicolas 05:56pm, 04/25/2015

    Jennings thoughts that Wladamir is looking past him is really just wishful thinking. Wlad has been around this business too long, and probably suffered these situations early in his career. I saw Jennings only fight Mike Perez, and can’t say I was impressed. I myself would rather see Wlad fight Fury or Wilder. Certainly there would be far more interest in those fights that this one. It was too bad that Fury could not have fought Haye, a win I honestly believe he would have accomplished as I really questioned all the things that happened to him before the fight. W Klitschko-Fury contest would than really have been big time. If Jennings rise to go after Wlad to really win it, he will probably suffer a knockout like Pulev, and it is also possible that in the end he might really be only trying to survive.

  4. Shannon The Cannon 07:02am, 04/25/2015

    Let’s Go Champ!

  5. Clarence George 02:38am, 04/25/2015

    I particularly like the O. Henry flavor of the last sentence.  “Theater of the unexpected” indeed. I guess we all thought you were going to write something like, “anything is possible, including the challenger actually winning.”  While that is indeed possible, however technically, the possibility of the “champion bringing down the curtain early” is much likelier.  Yeah, this could easily be a “don’t blink” fight that won’t go further than the first or second.  But Klitschko doesn’t usually go for the immediate or even quick knockout, and Jennings isn’t without skill, which means “By-By” probably won’t go bye-bye till the fourth or fifth.

  6. Koolz 10:38pm, 04/24/2015

    hmm This fight….Jennings trying to reach Wlad…Jab to the face, jab to the face…
    Just can’t get by the Jab!!
    Wlad moves to Jennings run into the jab again.
    Finally a right cross Jennings goes down.  First knock down.
    More jabs and oh It’s over!

    Yea that’s how I see it.

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