Jennings: I Don’t Need to Watch Footage to Prepare

by David P. Greisman

Bryant Jennings said he hadn’t seen much of fellow unbeaten heavyweight Mike Perez, who he’ll be facing July 26 at Madison Square Garden on the undercard to Gennady Golovkin vs. Daniel Geale.

He watched Perez’s win over Magomed Abdusalamov, as Jennings wanted to support Curtis Stevens in his challenge of middleweight titleholder Golovkin on that same card.

But beyond that?

“I don’t really need to see fights,” Jennings told BoxingScene last month. “Because I came up in this game real fast, and I came up in this game not watching fights, so I was moreso learning to be an adjuster, and learning to use my brain in the ring instead of going with what’s on paper and then taking what’s on paper and applying it.

“That ain’t how it goes. Just like reading books and things like that, and then applying it to life, that’s different. You got to learn to apply things to life the way you move, the way you live, the way you experience. Because what’s on paper can’t always be applied to real life.”

He acknowledged that watching footage can help a fighter spot weaknesses and tendencies.

“But I work quickly with my brain. I point those out immediately. And then that’s why you have a corner,” he said. “My trainer watches film and then brings it to me and says, ‘This is what he does, so just be on the lookout.’ Trainers and other people from outside have a better eye anyway. When you’re in the ring, you can’t really see everything. That’s why you have trainers yelling things out in the corner, ‘Do this, do that,’ but when you’re in there, you’re like, ‘That’s not there,’ and they say, ‘Yo, trust me, it’s there, go ahead, do it.’ ”

He says he’s aware of Perez’s preference for defense, but he prefers to prepare himself rather than concern himself with his opponent.

“It’ll all be different when you get into the ring,” Jennings said. “I work on me. I’m really not worried about the other fighter, because you have to adjust to me. I’m not adjusting to nobody. All the greats make people adjust to them.”

Pick up a copy of David’s book, “Fighting Words: The Heart and Heartbreak of Boxing,” at or internationally at Send questions/comments via email at [email protected]

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Post a Comment - View More User Comments (0)
Top Headlines Frank Bruno Issues Joseph Parker Warning To Anthony Joshua Golden Boy Prez on Golovkin: Sounds Like Fear, Making Excuses Liam Smith: There is No Way Ali Beats Even a 75% Version of Cotto Willy Vlautin and His Love For The Sport of Boxing WBC Prez is Waiting For Mikey Garcia To Make His Decision Golden Boy Prez Reacts: It Sounds Like Golovkin Wants Out! Golovkin: Those Responsible For Draw Are Terrorists, Need Jail! Golovkin: Canelo is Cheating, Using Drugs - De La Hoya is Dirty Yuriorkis Gamboa, Golden Boy Promotions Part Ways Jorge Arce Comes Out Firing in Defense of Canelo, Luis Nery Hearn Reacts To Wilder Calling Him 'White Man Milking a Brother' Ryota Murata vs. Emanuele Blandamura Will Be Carried By ESPN Julian Williams vs. Nathaniel Gallimore Finalized For SHO Triple ESPN Names Mayweather 8th Most Dominant Athlete of Past 20 Years Kautondokwa: After Godoy, I am ready for Billy Joe Saunders! Jose Ramirez's First Defense Targeted For Ballpark in Fresno Tyson Fury's New Goal - Break Joe Louis' 25 Defense Record News: Payano vs. Plania, Braulio Rodriguez, Vicente Eyes Dogboe Photos: Dillian Whyte, Lucas Browne, Frank Buglioni - Workouts Ramirez-Imam Tripleheader Averaged Only 488K Viewers for ESPN Anthony Joshua Won’t Discuss What He'll Weigh for Parker Fight News: Klara Svennson Update, Rocco Wadell Back on April 21 Billy Joe Saunders vs. Martin Murray Moves To June 23rd Parker on Joshua: Somebody is Getting KO'd - It Won't Be Me! Prograis Sees 'Lots of Holes' in Jose Ramirez, Respects His Chin Mikey Garcia Explains Why He'd Want Spence Bout Over Crawford Jose Ramirez vs. Amir Imam: Afterthoughts Liam Smith: I Think Ali Might Be Tougher Fight Than Miguel Cotto Hughie Fury: I'll Be World Champion, I'm a World Level Fighter! Kudratillo Abdukakhorov Rising in Ranks After Malaysia Win Whyte Shakes Head: Joshua is Not Going To Fight Wilder Next Sanchez: If Canelo Dominates Golovkin, I'll Admit GGG Got Old Ismael Salas Denies Rumors of Split With Jorge Linares March Madness shocker yields memories of giant ring surprises Ellerbe Concerned, Would Advise Mayweather To Avoid MMA McGregor Opens as 10-1 Favorite in Mayweather MMA Fight Wilder: I'm Convinced Joshua, Hearn Are Definitely Scared of Me! Buitrago Pulled From Hard Rock Card Over Murder For Hire Beef Frampton Slams Quigg, Not Buying His Excuse For Missing Weight Golden Boy Matchmaker Reacts to 'Neno' Calling Out Ryan Garcia

Latest Active Forum Threads