Bryant Jennings Ready To Step In, Face Anthony Joshua on 12/10

By Edward Chaykovsky

Heavyweight contender Bryant Jennings (19-2, 10KOs) is ready to step in, and replace Wladimir Klitschko on December 10th in Manchester.

On that date, IBF champion Anthony Joshua (17-0, 17KOs) is scheduled to make the third defense of his heavyweight crown.

There were serious negotiations for Klitschko to face Joshua on that date. It was revealed on Monday that Klitschko had suffered a minor injury and wouldn't fight again until the spring of 2017.

bryant-jennings (2)

Even if Jennings is selected for the contest by Joshua's team, it's very hard to see the IBF approving such a fight. For starters, he's not ranked in the top 15.

Jennings is also on a two-fight losing streak. He challenged Wladimir Klitschko for the world titles last April. Despite putting in a good effort, he still lost a sizable twelve round unanimous decision. Then he fought Cuban banger Luis Ortiz and was knocked out in seven rounds last December.

Since the loss to Ortiz, Jennings has been inactive. Ironically Ortiz has since signed a promotional agreement with Joshua's promoter, Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport.

While Jennings is eager to land this opportunity, he would be better suited to gain some activity with a tuneup or two. 

"I will fight Anthony Joshua sometime in the future period," Jennings exclusively told Sky Sports. "Upon whatever circumstances we fall upon, December 10? That's possible. I'm going to say that's possible."

"I understand they have a great fan base over there - a lot of loyal, dedicated boxing fans - and I just think I have a whole lot more to offer. I think I can be appreciated a whole lot more from an overseas fan point of view, rather than America. In America, pretty much they have got their eyes set on who they want to push and things like that. Any activity would interest me. Top guys like to fight top guys. Of course that's of interest."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by LacedUp on 10-26-2016

I see he's number 2 in their rankings. You might be right.

Comment by ScottWeiland on 10-26-2016

[QUOTE=LacedUp;17149898]For the IBF? Not sure. Parker was mandatory but dropped out so guess Pulev will have to fight at least two fights to get mandatory shot.[/QUOTE] He already fought Chisora in an elimination.

Comment by LacedUp on 10-26-2016

[QUOTE=Scott. Weiland;17149569]Pulev is likely holding out for a significant payday, he's going to be mandatory as of December isn't he ?[/QUOTE] For the IBF? Not sure. Parker was mandatory but dropped out so guess Pulev will have to fight at…

Comment by ScottWeiland on 10-26-2016

[QUOTE=LacedUp;17149412]Duhaupas definitely gives him the best fight, but isn't he taken? I have no doubt that Molina would be chinned early. Jennings is a little more tricky as he moves, decent skills and good crafter, but ultimately he'd get cracked…

Comment by LacedUp on 10-26-2016

[QUOTE=BigZ44;17148450]Miller is high risk, no reward imo. Doesn't make any business sense for Hearn. I guess Fury could work but it doesn't seem like something that they would throw together with only 6 weeks until the fight is supposed to…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (38)
Top Headlines Misael Lopez Beats James Wilkins By Unanimous Decision Joshua: I'm The Best in The Division, No Doubt, It's Been Proven! Povetkin: I'm as Strong as Joshua, I Was Weaker With Klitschko Wilder, Fury Sign Contracts - Tour Begins on October 1 in London Luis Nery vs. Jason Conoy For WBC Silver, on October 6 Wilder-Fury Announcement Next Week; Likely 12/1, Staples Center Photos: Jayson Velez, Orlando Cruz - Ready For Puerto Rico Battle Joshua's Coach: Povetkin is Not Parker or Takam - He's Top Level Dutchover: Aguilar Won't Stop Me From Reaching Title Goal Sanchez: Golovkin a Little Angry Vegas Favors The House Fighter Povetkin: I Will Give Everything, It's One of My Last Big Chances Whyte: If Chisora Fights Me, It Will Be His Last Fight Photos: Yuriorkis Gamboa, Juanma Lopez - Square Up at Presser Photos: Campbell vs. Mendy, Okolie vs. Askin - Ready For Battle Photos: David Price, Sergey Kuzmin - Vow Fireworks at Wembley Photos: Anthony Joshua, Alexander Povetkin - Ready For War Munguia Satisfied With Adjustments, Saw Canelo as Big Winner Badou Jack: Stevenson on different level than guys Gvozdyk beat Joshua Out-Weighs Povetkin By Almost 25 Pounds In London Hopkins: Canelo Flipped Script On Golovkin, Walked Him Down David Price: Beating Sergey Kuzmin Can Be Life-Changing Joshua vs. Povetkin: Chris Kongo, John Docherty Added James Wilkins' Big Moment Has Arrived in ShoBox Debut Amir Khan Tells Anthony Joshua To Head To America For Legacy Malignaggi: Fans Won't Watch Mayweather-Pacquiao 2? Bullsh*t! BoxNation Announces Big Week of Live Shows DAZN Exec: No Reason Boxing Fans Shouldn't Come Check Us Out Iran Diaz Expects Tough Outing, Vows To Shock Sor Rungvisai Thurman: I Look Forward To Reminding Everyone I'm #1 at 147 Khan: I Can't End Career With Canelo Being My Only Big Fight! Photos: Michael Dutchover, Bergman Aguilar Ready For Battle Chocolatito Wants To Take Things Slow, Adapt More To 115 Lemieux on Canelo: I'll Be The Underdog, I Can Surprise Everyone Photos: Victor Ortiz, John Molina Come Together For Media Day Amir Khan: People Think I Can't Take a Shot Jhonny Gonzalez vs. Tomas Rojas on October 6, Mexico City Trey Lippe-Morrison Back in Training With Roach at Wild Card Joe Noynay Breaks Foe To Retain, Toyogon Vaporizes Bolcio Photos: Yuriorkis Gamboa, Miguel Beltran - Go Face To Face Alimkhanuly, Ualikhanov Set To Make Top Rank Debuts

Latest Active Forum Threads