Boxing: bryant jennings

What's next for Bryant Jennings?

January, 17, 2013
Early last year, really no one had heard of Bryant Jennings. This year, he is at the top of the heap among American heavyweight hopefuls. I asked promoter/matchmaker Russell Peltz, who is with Main Events, promoter of Jennings, what's next for the new kid on the block.

A fight with vet Michael Grant was discussed, Peltz said, but Grant turned it down. A slot might open up for 16-0 Jennings on HBO in the second quarter, Peltz said. Jennings is rated No. 3 by the IBF and the guys ahead of him, Kubrat Pulev and Tomasz Adamek, are slated to face off, with the winner to get a crack at IBF champ Wladimir Klitschko. That could occur in or around June, maybe in Adamek's homeland, Poland.

Peltz said he'd love to match Jennings with the winner of the upcoming Jonathon Banks-Seth Mitchell scrap. "But if I'm Banks, I want Klitschko next," said Peltz. "But we'd fight anyone from Europe. We'd take Robert Helenius in a heartbeat."

Eddie Chambers was to face off with cruiser champ Denis Lebedev, but now Peltz doesn't know if that will go down. "I think Lebedev is changing his mind," he said.

Another Main Events big guy, Steve Cunningham, has had some preliminary discussions with long, tall Brit Tyson Fury, Cunningham told me Tuesday.

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Jennings: I'm ready for any heavyweight

March, 24, 2012
Bryant Jennings, a throwback heavyweight at 220 pounds, took out ex-WBO champ Sergei Liakhovich (231 pounds), stopping the Belarus-born hitter at the end of Round 9 at the Aviator Complex in Brooklyn, N.Y. Jennings, from Philadelphia, went to 13-0, while Liakhovich, who looked soft and flat from the start, dropped to 25-5. He is 35, and it may be end-of-the-road time for him.

Jennings, age 29, told ESPN New York that he thought Liakhovich would pick up his game as the fight went on, but he never did.

"He didn't hurt me at all," Jennings said.

Promoter Kathy Duva told me, "We at Main Events had another guy built like him who did quite well: Evander Holyfield."

Jennings said he's not afraid of anyone -- and that includes the long, tall Klitschko brothers.

"I am the best American heavyweight," he declared.

When I brought up a showdown with Seth Mitchell to prove that statement, he said, "Who is Seth Mitchell?" and said he wanted to luxuriate in this win.