American heavyweight prospect and budding contender Bryant Jennings has made a bit of a name for himself thanks to frequent appearances on the NBC Sports network over the past year, and the unbeaten 28-year-old Philadelphia native believes he's ready to take the chance against world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko.
Promoter Russell Peltz says, however, that they've told the Klitschko team that they're willing and able to make the fight, but that the offer has been effectively ignored. Klitschko is due to return on April 6.
"I cannot understand why Klitschko's people are having such a tough time finding someone to fight," Peltz said. "I spoke with their American representatives a few weeks ago and offered Jennings but I was told we were not being considered."
Peltz continued, "I am sure there are more than a few European boxing fans who have heard of Jennings, especially after he knocked out Sergei Liakhovich last year in Brooklyn. Some of the recent names that have been tossed out there couldn't stand up to Jennings, so I do not see what the problem is with finding someone credible to fight Klitschko. Bryant has been asking for this fight for months."
Jennings (16-0, 8 KO) told Chris Mannix of NBC Sports and Sports Illustrated recently that he feels he can compete at the top level with Klitshcko.
"I see things in their (Klitschko) arsenal, things that I could apply," he said. "It's not that (Klitschko) has weaknesses, it's that I see things in him that I may be able to break through on. Wladimir has a problem being challenged. He is very seldom challenged. I know that if he gets hit on the chin, he is going down. I have confidence in my ability. I know I will try harder than those other guys he has fought. One of his weaknesses is that I think he would underestimate me, just like the rest of the guys I fought. I'm a light guy and he would think he can just push me around.
"Everyone knows how bad I want that fight. I don't want to wait for my career. I don't have 10 more years. I have a pace that I created and I'm just trying to keep up with that pace. I don't have time to be slowed down. I cam here fast and I'll leave fast."
Given some of the recent foes we've seen against Wladimir Klitschko, and some of the names we might see instead on April 6, does a Klitschko-Jennings fight sound interesting to you right now?