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Jennings: That Was a Different Perez Than I Expected

by David P. Greisman

Bryant Jennings hadn’t watched any footage of Mike Perez ahead of their fight this past weekend. He’d only seen him once, when he was at the arena in-person when Perez beat Magomed Abdusalamov last year.

Still, he had an expectation of what Perez would do.

“I expected Mike Perez to trade more. I expected Mike Perez to put a little more pressure,” Jennings said at the post-fight press conference. “That’s the reason why I’m so glad I do things that I do, because I’m an adjuster. If I’d had my strategy set right then and there on one particular type of style that Mike Perez would come out with, then I probably would’ve been in a little more trouble.”

“He was kinda playing cat and mouse, setting traps,” Jennings said at another point. I was aware of his craftiness. I was aware of his experience. It wasn’t like … it wasn’t fear. It was like a cautiousness. Test the limits a little bit. Fake here, fake there, see what he’ll do. … My plan was originally to be pressured heavily, and then I was going to use my distance well, and then after maybe the sixth or seventh round, show him that I’ve got some inside game, too. But he didn’t trade at all. He didn’t want to trade. He still was a little tricky.

“I worked well. I adjusted. I probably could’ve statrted out better, but you know I’m learning,” Jennings said. “Perez had over 450 total fights amateur and professional. Me? 36, amateur and professional, five years. But no excuses. I won. I got the win.”

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by GoldenGloveLove on 07-30-2014

[QUOTE=HeroBando;14809707]Stiverne fought Arreola 2x. He wasn't that proven but I doubt either of these would be favored, at least before he got ktfoed[/QUOTE] Is Arreola better than Jennings or Perez though? Is he more proven than them? Because he had…

Comment by HeroBando on 07-30-2014

[QUOTE=GoldenGloveLove;14809689]Wilder and Stiverne have not fought anyone as good as either Perez or Jennings though. Do they do better with either of them? I'm not sure either Wilder or Stiverne don't look bad against either Jennings or Perez. Question marks…

Comment by GoldenGloveLove on 07-30-2014

[QUOTE=PunchyPotorff;14809532]Jennings needs to not try to make people think he has/had it all figured out. Perez caught him slush and out sped him alot.... but nothing from either fighter should worry Stiverne/Wilder winner or Klit.[/QUOTE] Wilder and Stiverne have not…

Comment by PunchyPotorff on 07-30-2014

Jennings needs to not try to make people think he has/had it all figured out. Perez caught him slush and out sped him alot.... but nothing from either fighter should worry Stiverne/Wilder winner or Klit.

Comment by Russian Crushin on 07-29-2014

Different in an out of shape, sloppy, holding way. And yet Jennings only did the bar min to win rounds.

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