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Klitschko keeps both detractors and supporters happy with a UD over Bryant Jennings

Wladimir Klitschko (63-4) retained his titles via UD against extremely fit and rugged challenger Bryant Jennings (19-1) at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night. The scores were wide, 116-111 twice and 118-109, and the skill differential even wider but Jennings was more problematic for Klitschko than the scores or his own boxing ability could suggest. Klitschko acknowledged the hand speed of his opponent baffled him and he compared Jennings to a modern Frazier but he was surely far too kind and gave his opponent too much credit for fighting back sporadically. Bryant demonstrated a granite chin and courage to spare but if he had Frazier’s left hook or even half of it the fight might have turned out differently. Continue reading

Wladimir Klitschko v Bryant Jennings – Main Event Review

Wladimir Klitschko successfully defended his WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight titles at New York’s Madison Square Garden tonight with a unanimous points decision over previously undefeated challenger Bryant Jennings.

All three judges found in favour of the Ukrainian with scores of 116-111, 116-111 and 118-109, despite a spirited effort from the challenger who succeeded in announcing himself as a name in the heavyweight division. Continue reading

Klitschko defeats Jennings in his return to the USA

Joe Latti – Brick City Boxing — NEW YORK CITY- On February 23, 2008, undefeated Russian Heavyweight Sultan Ibragimov stepped into Madison Square Garden to take on a 31 year old Wladimir Klitschko. Klitschko left New York City with a victory by unanimous decision and hasn’t returned to fight in the Unites States since. All of that changed Saturday night when Klitschko made his return to the states to take on another undefeated heavyweight, this time it was Philadelphia’s Bryant Jennings.

Klitschko seemed to be missed, as the crowd was littered with Ukranian flags and would erupt even at the sight of him on the arena screens before his match-up with Jennings. Continue reading

Video: Mayweather/Pacquiao: The Legends Speak [Full Episode]

MAYWEATHER/PACQUIAO: THE LEGENDS SPEAK debuts SATURDAY, APRIL 25 (12:15 a.m. ET/PT), immediately following “HBO World Championship Boxing® – The half-hour special will open with Lampley and Kellerman setting the stage for the mega-fight. Then Lampley sits down with Oscar de la Hoya and Shane Mosley, who faced both Mayweather and Pacquiao, to talk about how they trained and fought them and what they think each fighter will need to do to win the upcoming showdown. HBO also captured interviews with middleweight title-holder Miguel Cotto, Mexican superstar Juan Manuel Marquez and former British boxing sensation Ricky Hatton, all of whom fought Pacquiao and Mayweather in the Las Vegas spotlight. Continue reading

Wladimir Klitschko v Bryant Jennings – Undercard Review

Kenneth Sims Jnr UD6 Luis Rodriguez

Unbeaten Chicago light-welterweight prospect Kenneth Sims Jnr ran out a convincing winner tonight over game Puerto Rican novice Luis Rodriguez, winning everything but one round on the three scoring judges cards. Continue reading

Floyd Believes He Has The Edge

Floyd Mayweather has hinted that he was the man who had the psychological advantage at the chance meeting at a Miami Heat basketball game that put the May 2nd super-fight with Manny Pacquiao together. Referencing the encounter and also the physical differences between them, Floyd said;

“You can read a guy’s body language. When Pacquiao first saw me in Miami, he didn’t expect to see me there at the game. He looked shocked. Like – ‘damn, he’s taller than me. He’s bigger than what I thought I was’ ” Continue reading

Shannon Briggs – Nothing More Than A Pain In The backside!

Okay, you read the headline. It should probably say “these days” or “to Wladimir” but it doesn’t. I think the first time I saw Shannon Briggs was as a teenager when he got knocked out by Lennox Lewis after being gifted a decision against an ancient George Foreman in his famous 90’s return. Still, I remember being reasonably impressed by the American fighter, despite the result, and followed most of his ups and downs all the way through the 2000’s until his absolute hammering and retirement to Vitali Klitschko in 2010. A fight that became famous for the severe and sustained beating that Briggs endured. Continue reading

Kell Brook – “I Want The Winner Of Mayweather v Pacquiao”

IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook has spoken out ahead of the Mayweather v Pacquiao fight to throw his hat in the ring as the “name” the winner should rightly face next.

Brooks assertions to BBC Sport are likely to anger bitter rival Amir Khan, who instead of facing Brook on May 30th, fights light-punching American Chris Algieri on May 29th in a contest that has widely been panned by fans as meaningless.

Instead of Khan, who Brook and promoter Eddie Hearn have been trying to coax into a Stadium fight in the UK, the Sheffield fighter will face former world amateur champion Frankie Gavin, on a PPV card from Wembley. It is a fight that has also attracted it’s fair share of criticism in terms of quality, as despite his amateur credentials, Gavin is a fighter who has never really fulfilled his potential as a pro. Continue reading

Dirrell vs Jack; Jacobs vs Truax Quotes and Photos

Premier boxing Champions took Chicago by storm Friday night with an exhilarating fight card featuring three captivating fights on Spike from the UIC Pavilion.

The televised opener showcased Roberto “La Amenaza” Garcia (37-3, 23 KOs) getting an eight-round unanimous decision win over James Stevenson (22-2, 15 KOs). The first main event saw Daniel “The Miracle Man” Jacobs (29-2, 26 KOs) in a 12th round knockout win over the hard-nosed Caleb “Golden” Truax (25-2-2, 15 KOs). The night’s second main event featured Badou Jack “The Ripper” (19-1-1, 12 KOs) earning a majority decision over Anthony “The Dog” Dirrell (27-1-1, 22 KOs). Continue reading

Danny Jacobs v Chris Eubank Jr – A Battle At 160

Danny Jacobs (29-1, 26ko) is a fighter I’ve come to admire, and after everything the “Miracle Man” has had to endure outside of the ring as a cancer survivor, last night’s impressive victory over Caleb Truax as part of the PBC broadcast from Chicago, was all the sweeter given it was the first defence of the WBA (reg) title he won last time out against Australian Jarrod Fletcher.

For a man who was once told he may never walk again, Jacobs is a fighter in every sense of the word. Last night in Truax, he came up against a hometown fighter who is as durable as they come. And he did the business in style for me. It was a classy performance, that gave Jacobs the valuable rounds under his belt that he so often is denied due to his power. He’d been 10 rounds just the once, 6 years ago against TMT’s Ishe Smith, taking a UD. Continue reading