Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Jennings, Kovalev on June 14 card
By Dan Rafael
Heavyweight Bryant Jennings, one of the fresh faces in the division, will return to action June 14 to face Russia’s Andrey Fedosov.
Jennings-Fedosov will headline a “Fight Night” tripleheader (NBC Sports Network, 9 p.m. ET) at the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, Pa.
Jennings (16-0, 8 KOs), 28, of Philadelphia, broke out in 2012 by winning five fights, four of which were nationally televised on “Fight Night.” After such a busy year -- in which he went from unknown to being mentioned as a possible opponent for heavyweight champ Wladimir Klitschko -- the pace is slowing this year. The fight with Fedosov will be Jennings’ first of 2013.
He was supposed to face Franklin Lawrence (19-2-2, 14 KOs) and Lawrence’s promoter, Gary Shaw, had signed a contract for the fight, but Lawrence did not sign his paperwork after agreeing to the fight and would not even take a phone call from his manager or promoter to discuss it.
So now Fedosov (24-2, 19 KOs), 27, who is from Russia but based in Los Angeles, got the fight.
Also on the card, light heavyweight contender Sergey Kovalev (20-0-1, 18 KOs), 30, of Russia, who is coming off an impressive knockout of former titlist Gabriel Campillo, meets Cornelius White (21-1, 16 KOs), 31, of Houston, in a light heavyweight title eliminator that will make the winner the next mandatory challenger (after current mandatory Karo Murat) for titlist Bernard Hopkins.
In the opener, Bethlehem's Ronald Cruz (17-1, 12 KOs), 26, faces Jaime Herrera (10-2, 5 KOs), 24, of Franklin Park, Ill. Cruz will be looking to bounce back from his first loss, a decision to Antwone Smith in September.