Back in 2015, heavyweight contender Bryant Jennings went twelve founds with Wladimir Klitschko in New York's Madison Square Garden.
That fight displayed the early signs that Klitschko was no longer the same fighter who dominated the division for ten years. In the fall of the same year, Klitschko suffered his first career defeat in over a decade when Tyson Fury outboxed him over twelve rounds in Germany.
Klitschko was then inactive until this past April, when he fought one of the most exciting bouts of his pro career - but saw himself suffered an eleven round stoppage loss to IBF, IBO, WBA champion Anthony Joshua before a crowd of 90,000 at Wembley in London.
There is a rematch clause, but Klitschko has yet to make an official decision on exercising that option. If he does, the second fight will take place in fall.
Jennings believes Joshua should avoid the feeling out process and just jump on Klitschko from the early start.
He feels Klitschko is not capable of mixing it up in a true brawl at close range, and Jennings also expects a much more confident version of Joshua in the second contest.
“Not taking nothing away from Joshua, Klitschko, he’s just not the same Klitschko. He probably wasn’t the same Klitschko when I fought him, but credit due to the victor. Klitschko did good. Joshua still has some growing to do and he’s definitely the future. The fight was good, the fight was definitely exciting. But people are looking at an old Klitschko, even you can discredit my fight with him. It’s the old Klitschko,” Joshua told Boxing News.
“Klitschko can’t fight either, he can’t mix it. If they were to fight again, all Joshua has to do is just jump on him. That’s it. Jump on him, touch him a few times, there we go. I see the rematch for Joshua to really up his conditioning, as fit as he looks, I would expect him to be more physically conditioned. Other than that the sky’s the limit.
“He’ll come out more confident and he will do the same thing. Because Klitschko don’t know how to fight. Just mix it with Klitschko. Mix it, close shots, Klitschko likes long shots. Short shots. You see when Klitschko got hit with the uppercut, Klitschko was trying to hold. He was trying to hold and he got an uppercut."