News: Bryant Jennings-Tupou; Katie Taylor Targets Rio

Philadelphia's Bryant "By By" Jennings (15-0, 7 KO's) will defend his USBA heavyweight title on NBC Sports Network's Fight Night broadcast, when he meets Bowie Tupou of Nukualofa, Tonga (22-2, 16 KO's) on December 8. The 12 round fight will take place at Temple University McGonigle Hall in Philadelphia. The NBCSN broadcast will begin at 9PM ET.
Kathy Duva, Main Events CEO said, "This is  a great stylistic match up. Tupou is a big puncher who prefers to brawl. Jennings is a boxer but loves to mix it up. It's the kind of fight that will likely end up in a slugging match where the best chin wins."

Jennings, currently ranked #5 by the IBF,  is coming off a stunning KO 35 seconds into the first round of his fight against Chris Koval on September 8th's Adamek - Walker undercard at Pru Center in Newark, NJ. Jennings previously pounded iron-chinned Steve Collins, of Houston, TX, for 10 rounds to win the vacant USBA heavyweight title on June 16 at the Pru Center on the NBC Sports Network. His meteoric rise in the heavyweight ranks has gained the attention of boxing fans and media worldwide.

Jennings is pleased to have the opportunity to fight Tupou in Philly, "Having this fight in my hometown is great for me right now. I've been representing my city for a while, fighting tough fights and bringing home wins. I believe this fight will be a good one for the fans. Bowie is aware that I have something to prove so I'm expecting him to come to fight and I am ready."

Tupou fights straight-ahead looking to stop his opponent with every big bomb he throws. In his last win on the undercard of the Super Six Finals in Atlantic City, Tupou dropped Donnell Holmes in the seventh round with a right hand and went on to win a unanimous decision over Holmes who was 33-1 at the time. He is trained by Jeff Mayweather and currently resides in Las Vegas.

Tupou knows he's putting it all on the line,"It's a good opportunity to get back into the mix again. It's a must win fight for me and I can't afford to lose. That's what I'm focused on, winning no matter what."

McGonigle Hall, a 4,500 seat venue at Temple University, has hosted boxing in the past, but when NBC Sports Network broadcasts the sixth installment of its "Fight Night" series on December 8th, it will be the first professional boxing event held at McGonigle Hall in over 19 years.

Eight bouts are planned for the Philadelphia card. The fight is promoted by Main Events, Peltz Boxing, and Goossen-Tutor Promotions in association with BAM Boxing. Tickets will go on sale Wednesday, October 24th. Contact Peltz Boxing for further ticket info, 215-765-0922,

Katie Taylor has announced that she has turned down offers from the professional ranks and will remain boxing in the amateur code.

The current Olympic, World, European and EU lightweight champion made the announcement on Today FM today.

“The thing with professional boxing is you have to have the right promoter and the right fights. It is a cut-throat business. You have to make sure you have the right people around you to get the right fights and you’re not guaranteed to get the best fights, said the soon to be three-time AIBA World Female Boxer of the year

“With amateur boxing, you’re just entered into a competition. And to be the best you’ve got to beat the best. You’re not waiting around to get these fights organised.

“As an amateur you might be fighting five or six times in a week and you have to make the weight all week. It’s gruelling on the body. So to win an amateur world title is a lot harder than to win a professional world title.

“For me there is nothing better than boxing for my country and bringing home medals for my country.”

Taylor will now be aiming for her 6th,5th and 2nd – all in-a-row – titles at the 2013 European Championships, the 2014 AIBA World Women’s Championship in Canada and 2016 Olympics in Rio.

Tommy Murphy, President of the Irish Amateur Boxing Association, said that they were delighted with today’s announcement.

“We are very happy that Katie has made this decision, very much so. Katie’s record speaks for itself, he said.

She has been an unprecedented success and I believe that if she goes to the Rio Olympics in 2016 she will win another gold medal.

“Katie is a fantastic ambassador for the sport inside and outside the ring and more and more young females are becoming involved in boxing because of her tremendous influence.

“Hopefully, if Katie qualifies for the Rio Olympics there will be other female boxers on the Irish team with her in 2016.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Freedom. on 10-18-2012

Bowie Topou is a very good opponent for Bryant Jennings at this stage in his career.

Comment by LA_2_Vegas on 10-18-2012

Never seen Tupou but I trust the match making of Main Events they have been putting on some decent events lately. I like the track they have put Jennings on. Maybe he will never be the man, but he might…

Comment by joe strong on 10-18-2012

thiis a decent match up...

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