Thanks to three consecutive impressive performances on NBC Sports Net's "Fight Night" series this year, Philadelphia heavyweight prospect Bryant Jennings has emerged as one of the of top American hopes in the division.
He beat undefeated Maurice Byarm in January, stopped former titlist Sergey Liakhovich in the ninth round in March and shut out Steve Collins in June. Then Jennings crushed Chris Koval in the first round on Sept. 8 on the undercard of the Tomasz Adamek-Travis Walker card on WealthTV.
Now Jennings (15-0, 7 KOs) is back to headline "Fight Night" in a solid match against Bowie Topou (22-2, 16 KOs) on Dec. 8 at Temple University's McGonigle Hall in Philadelphia.
"This is a great stylistic matchup," Main Events promoter Kathy Duva said. "Topou is a big puncher who prefers to brawl. Jennings is a boxer but loves to mix it up. It's the kind of fight that will likely end up in a slugging match where the best chin wins."
The fight will be Jennings' first scheduled 12-rounder.
"Having this fight in my hometown is great for me right now," Jennings said. "I've been representing my city for a while, fighting tough fights and bringing home wins. I believe this fight will be a good one for the fans. Bowie is aware that I have something to prove so I'm expecting him to come to fight and I am ready."
While Jennings stopped Koval in 35 seconds, Topou also has a knockout win against him -- in the third round in 2009.
Topou saw a four-fight winning streak end on Sept. 8 when he was stopped in the eighth round because of an arm injury against Malik Scott on the Andre Ward-Chad Dawson undercard.
He's tough though and takes a good shot.
"It's a good opportunity to get back into the mix again," Topou said. "It's a must-win fight for me and I can't afford to lose. That's what I'm focused on, winning no matter what."