Jennings hits Vegas for 2 weeks of training

Heavyweight Bryant Jennings is preparing for the most important fight of his career, so he wanted to get away from the distractions that often can get in the way when a fighter trains at home.

So as Jennings (18-0, 10 KOs) prepares for his world title elimination bout against Mike Perez (20-0-1, 12 KOs) on July 26 (HBO) at Madison Square Garden in New York, he has left his home base of Philadelphia, where he usually trains, to spend two weeks getting ready for the fight in Las Vegas.

In addition, Jennings also wanted to train at a higher altitude, which the mountains around Las Vegas afford him the ability to do.

"I wanted to come out to Las Vegas for a couple of weeks and train in high elevation," Jennings said. "I've been running up at Mt. Charleston in high elevation, training alongside [junior middleweight titlist] Erislandy Lara [who is preparing for a July 12 nontitle fight against Canelo Alvarez]. Leaving Philly for a couple of weeks is only going to help me focus on getting fully prepared for Perez. I'll head back home to finish out camp after this week."

Gary Shaw, Jennings' co-promoter, said he liked the fact that Jennings is taking the fight so seriously.

"I know he doesn't want to leave any stone unturned," Shaw said. "That is why he went out to Vegas to train with the best guys in the business. I know he'll be in great shape for this fight. He's a dedicated and amazing athlete."

The fight is the co-feature to Gennady Golovkin's middleweight title defense against former titleholder Daniel Geale.

The Jennings-Perez winner will become the mandatory challenger for the winner of the fight between titleholder Bermane Stiverne and Deontay Wilder.