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Byarm-Jennings Booked For NBC Card; No Liakhovich Foe

In a classic match-up of boxer vs. puncher, two  talented, undefeated Philadelphia heavyweights have agreed to move up into the spotlight and put their perfect records on the line this coming Saturday, January 21st  at Philadelphia's legendary Asylum Arena on the inaugural broadcast of the NBC Sports Network's "Fight Night" boxing series. Coverage on the NBC Sports Network begins Saturday at 9 p.m. ET.
 
The spectacular cross-town match-up of equally talented rivals will pit Maurice "Freight Train" Byarm and Bryant "Bye Bye" Jennings in the ten-round co-main event.  Byarm and Jennings will risk their undefeated records and their neighborhood pride as each takes on the role of a real life "Rocky"  and steps into the ring on short notice.  The originally scheduled main event, featuring heavyweights Eddie Chambers and Sergei Liakhovich, was scrapped  when Chambers revealed on Friday that he had suffered two broken ribs in training.
 
"This series is about giving the fans exciting, action-packed fights where the outcome is in doubt," said promoter Kathy Duva of Main Events.  "It is truly a shame that Chambers and Liakhovich cannot fight on Saturday, but athletes get injured.  We tried all weekend to find a suitable replacement to face Liakhovich, but truly competitive opposition could not be found on such short notice.  Last night we decided that it would be in the best interests of the fans and the series to go in another direction and present a fight that will live up to the standards that we have set for this project.  We are thrilled to have come up with such a compelling bout.  The fans in Philadelphia and those watching on TV will have plenty to cheer about on Saturday night."
 
In addition, the televised card also will feature a battle between two exciting young undefeated light heavyweight prospects, Damar Singleton and Sullivan Barrera.
 
"I often hear people say that there are no American Heavyweights,"  said Russell Peltz of Peltz Boxing, matchmaker for the NBC Sports Network "Fight Night" Series.  "We are presenting a terrific fight on Saturday night at the Asylum between two promising American heavyweights who are willing to test themselves sooner rather than later."
 
The prototypical Philly fighter, Jennings is a boxer-puncher who rarely misses a day at the gym.  A mechanic at the Federal Reserve Bank in Philadelphia, Jennings was an all-around athlete who played football and basketball, ran the 200 meters and participated in the shot put at Ben Franklin High.  The 27-year old father of 4-year old Mason played basketball at North Philly recreation centers for years before he decided to try boxing. In 2009, he reached the finals of the PAL Nationals and the US Golden Gloves Tournament.  In his most recent outing in November, Jennings (11-0, 5 KO's) KO'd Kevin Franklin in just one round.
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by boxingfan201 on 01-18-2012

[QUOTE=Thickear;11680250]Is Maurice Byarm related in any way to Lionel Byarm, a Philly cruiser who boxed the full six rounds with Holyfield on the great Evander's pro debut? Lionel Byarm was a dead ringer for Joe Louis, facially, but that of…

Comment by Thickear on 01-18-2012

Is Maurice Byarm related in any way to Lionel Byarm, a Philly cruiser who boxed the full six rounds with Holyfield on the great Evander's pro debut? Lionel Byarm was a dead ringer for Joe Louis, facially, but that of…

Comment by boxingfan201 on 01-18-2012

Styles make fights and Byarm is EXTREMELY exciting. Just because you haven't heard of either guy doesn't mean its not going to be a good fight. Anybody who goes to the fights or watches them can count how many "big…

Comment by joe strong on 01-18-2012

well its too bad liakhovich couldnt get an opponent but ill tune into the card if i get it on my cable package.

Comment by ShoulderRoll on 01-18-2012

I wanted to see what changes Floyd Sr. has made with Liakhovich. Kind of disappointed in this show now but I'll still watch.

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