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Bryant Jennings Ready To Replace Banks, Face Mitchell

Philadelphia, PA—Undefeated heavyweight contender Bryant Jennings, with his sights set on a world heavyweight championship fight, now is willing to step in for the injured Jonathon Banks and take on once-beaten Seth Mitchell on Feb. 16 in Atlantic City, NJ

Jennings, who beat then-undefeated lefty Maurice Byarm on six days’ notice one year ago, stays in shape and will gladly fight Mitchell on the HBO-televised card, according to his promoter, J Russell Peltz.

“If we cannot get (Wladimir) Klitschko, we’ll keep calling out all the other heavyweights until one of them decides to fight Bryant,” Peltz said.  “Today’s fighters have to get in shape.  The old-timers stayed in shape and Jennings trains like the old-timers—he’s always ready.

“I spoke with Eric Gomez (Golden Boy matchmaker) today and told him Jennings was ready, willing and able.”

Jennings, 28, of Philadelphia, is ranked No. 3 by the IBF and No. 22 by the WBC.  He turned pro in 2010 and is 16-0, 8 K0s, and he holds the USBA heavyweight title.

An unknown at this time last year, Jennings broke into the heavyweight picture by winning five fights in 2013.  In addition to beating Byarm, he also K0d ex-WBO champion Sergei Liakhovich and he won the vacant USBSA title by pitching a shutout against iron-chinned Steve Collins, of Houston, TX.

In his last fight Dec. 8 in Philadelphia, Jennings defended the USBA crown by knocking out Bowie Tupou, of Tonga, in five rounds.

All of those 2013 fights were televised as part of the NBC Sports Network Fight Night series.

“Let them (Golden Boy) put the money on the table they gave to Chazz Witherspoon or to Jonathon Banks and we’ll be happy to accommodate them,” said Fred Jenkins, who manages and trains Jennings.  “We’re right here in Philadelphia and we’ll bring plenty of fans to the fight.”

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by TaurusJ27 on 02-07-2013

Mitchell would be k.o.'d again if this fight happened.

Comment by Weltschmerz on 02-07-2013

Mitchell Jennings Cunningham Arreola Wilder Banks Lots of good match ups, winner gets Wlad.

Comment by VatoMulatto on 02-06-2013

[QUOTE=extant;13003268]I don't like this fight for either guy. I like them both. This fight is a dangerous for either guy. Another loss for Mitchell would be career threatening. And a loss to Mitchell for Jennings would slow the wonderful progress…

Comment by sicko on 02-06-2013

No way in Hell Mitchell Team allows him to commit Career Suicide, I think Jennings send him into retirement...not Physically or anything like that but 2 Losses in a Row wouldn't be good

Comment by Mr. Philadel on 02-06-2013

the fight I've been dying to see...PLEASE make this happen!!! :boxing:

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