All of these “hot” new heavyweights popping out of the woodwork lately. Let’s not forget that in Manchester on July 9th there is a rematch of the current reigning champ Tyson Fury and Wladimir Klitschko, the man who dominated the entire division for 10 years.
What is the general interest level in this fight? Both traded insults at the initial press conference with the Gypsy King telling Klitschko “You are a hall of dog s— fighter in my mind.” The ex-champ told the crowd “I will knock Tyson Fury out, period.”
Share your thoughts on this fight that will set the tone for the division.
CONTEST TIME! Pick the winner of today’s Wladimir Klitschko vs. Tyson Fury Heavyweight title fight for a chance to win a Best of Joe Frazier DVD.
The rules are simple – choose your winner and method of victory. Include the round if you think it is a knockout or give one score card if you think decision. If your score matches any of the three judges final tallies you win.
The show goes live this afternoon at 4:45 EST on HBO Boxing. Vegas lists Dr. Steel Hammer in the neighborhood of a 5-to-1 favorite, his closest odds in years. Fury, who had a big mouth in the lead up to the fight, looked shaky and at a loss for words today at the press conference.
Are the lights suddenly getting too bright? Who knows what will happen. Take your shot and enjoy the fight!
This past Saturday night, Wladimir Klitschko and Bryant “By-By” Jennings had the attention of the boxing world. Over 1.7 million people tuned in to HBO, making it the highest rated TV boxing event in the past three years. People from around the globe came out for a Heavyweight title fight at Madison Square Garden, creating an atmosphere that was nothing short of electric when it came time for the main event. For some, it was an opportunity to see Klitschko fight on US soil for the first time in over seven years. For others, it was a night to see if Jennings could become Philly’s first Heavyweight champion in 30 years.
The Philly Keith Sports crew made the 90-mile trek to Midtown Manhattan to cover one of the more anticipated Heavyweight fights in years. The ring walks alone made it a night to remember. While the action in the ring fell a little short of expectations, it did give surprising glimpse into the future of both contestants. Before I get into specifics, treat yourself to this eight minute video of the introductions to get a feel for how lively MSG was for this title bout.
It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Jennings who becomes only the 4th local born Heavyweight to challenge for the most important crown in boxing. Out of all who tried, “Terrible” Tim Witherspoon is the only Philadelphia born Heavyweight to bring home the belt.
This is a tall challenge, figuratively and literally for the 30-year-old Jennings. Despite a 3 inch height and 20+ pound weight disadvantage, Jennings is very confident that he will leave the Garden victorious. Vegas isn’t so sure, putting long odds on “BY-BY” pegging him in the neighborhood of a 10-1 underdog. Regardless of the odds, you must give kudos to a fighter who entered the sport at age 24 with no amateur experience. It took him less than 20 pro fights to make it to make it to the top of the boxing world.
The reigning champ Wladimir Klitschko, of Kiev Ukraine, is on a whole other level from what Jennings has faced in the past. “Dr. Steel Hammer” stands in the line of boxing’s All-Time Great Heavyweight Champions. Klitschko’s 14+ year professional career has seen great highs along and rebounds from epic setbacks. He currently rides the wave of a 10 year winning streak which equates to the longest reign as a heavyweight champion (17 wins and counting) since the great Joe Louis set the record with 25 wins in-a-row in 1950.
On the flip side – Klitschko has suffered three knockout losses to fighters who rate below the elite level. His liable chin and early career stamina issues led to a change in style that is considered less-than-appealing for some fans of the sport. Since linking up with Emmanuel Stewart in 2005, he made stylistic adjustments which led to this tremendous run.
The major question is can a smaller Heavyweight withstand Wladimir’s distinguishable size, strength and experience advantages? Can the thinking fighter Jennings step it up to be more aggressive – a strategy many feel is necessary to blow through Klitschko’s cautious, calculated approach?
A big turnout is expected for this event. Jennings has a loyal following planning bus trips for the 90 mile trek to MSG. American and European fans will definitely turn out for Klitschko’s first appearance in the USA since 2008.
This event is presented by K2 Promotions and Klitschko Management Group in association with Gary Shaw Productions, tickets priced at $1000, $600, $300, $200 and $100 can be purchased through the Madison Square Garden Box Office, www.TheGarden.com and www.Ticketmaster.com.
Take a few minutes to check a video I created back in 2009. This is the first interview of Bryant Jennings career.
The hot stove is cooking today with reports that HBO Boxing is pushing hard for a Wladimir Klitschko (63-3, 53 ko’s) vs. Bryant Jennings (19-0, 10 ko’s) Heavyweight title fight for the spring of 2015. What are your thoughts on this proposed bout? Is there a better fighter out there for Dr. Steel Hammer to face? Does By-By take the money and run or does he sit tight with his #1 rating in the WBC – fight the winner of Bermane Bware Stiverne vs Deontay Wilder – and take the risk of bringing more earning power to the table with a WBC belt in the fold? Suggested locations are Madison Square Garden and Barclays Center. — with Vitali Klitschko, Klitschko, Wladimir Klitschko and Bryant By-By Jennings.
On March 20, 2010 in Germany – Wladimir Klitschko retains his status as the worlds top heavyweight with a 12th round KO win over Fast Eddie Chambers. Not much to report from rounds 1 – 11 as neither man were very active though Klitschko won every round with sheer strength and aggression. Chambers corner’s advise every round seemed to be something like “go out there and fight!”.
Dr. Steel Hammer picked up the pace – going for a KO in the 12th and got it with :12 left in the round with a nasty left hook that put Fast Eddie down for the count. After the fight Chambers did seem to have no lasting effects of the knockout. Keep your head up Eddie!
Recorded on 3/11/10. Episode 2 – 30 minute show – Interview with Mark “Oaktree” Brown as he prepares for his big fight against Tony Grano in Connecticut. Quick preview of the Eddie Chambers vs Wladimir Klitschko fight…
Fast” Eddie Chambers (35-1, 18 KOs) is working hard in the Pocono’s as he prepares for this his long awaited crack at IBF/WBO/IBO world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (53-3, 47 KOs) on March 20th at ESPRIT arena Düsseldorf, Germany.
Chambers is the current WBO #1 contender and his coach Rob Murray says they have the formula to shock the world. My question is, is there a snowballs chance in hell that Chambers will get a fair shake in Germany if the fight goes to the scorecards??
No TV has been confirmed just yet but I am sure someone will pick this up. Hopefully we can get a chance to see Eddie attempt to become the first Philly Heavyweight champ in quite some time. Stay tuned for more info….