Bryant Jennings outclassed Steve Collins tonight in Newark. (Photo Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIRE)
Bryant Jennings stayed unbeaten with his third win on NBC Sports this year, easily outclassing Texas club fighter Steve Collins over 10 rounds in Newark. Official scores were 100-89 across the board. Bad Left Hook also scored it 100-89 for Jennings.
Jennings (14-0, 6 KO) scored a knockdown on a body shot in the fourth round, but otherwise, though he was easily better than Collins, he wasn't particularly impressive tonight, which is relative to new expectations for him. A few months ago, this would have been easier to get excited about. Instead, it was more a workmanlike performance for the 27-year-old Philly prospect.
Jennings said after the fight that it wasn't his prettiest win, but credited Collins (25-2-1, 18 KO) for his toughness, and said he was mostly just concerned with getting the win.
It is worth noting that Jennings -- and he said this, too -- is still a work in progress, and he certainly didn't lose any standing tonight. In fact, he gained his "first major title," the USBA belt, which the NBC Sports team wouldn't stop hammering into the skulls of the viewers.
It is now that I note, with some sadness, that a club fight between Doel Carrasquillo (16-19-1, 14 KO) and Jamaal Davis (13-8-1, 6 KO) will be televised next, prior to the Adamek vs Chambers fight. We'll be around with live coverage until the Chavez vs Lee fight is live on HBO, but Chavez-Lee does pull rank on the Adamek-Chambers fight. This is an awful decision, and means that boxing fans can't see both main events live tonight.