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Bryant Jennings: 'I'm ready to step up and challenge for a world title'

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Bryant Jennings feels he's ready for a world title shot after Saturday night's win over Artur Szpilka on HBO Boxing After Dark.

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Bryant Jennings was happy with Saturday night's HBO debut, a stoppage win over Artur Szpilka, and so were his new co-promoters Gary Shaw and Antonio Leonard.

"Jennings showed he's a very talented fighter," said Shaw. "Boxing needs heavyweights that can close the show and Jennings proved that tonight on his HBO debut. I will talk with James Prince and Antonio Leonard to see what is next for Jennings. He's the first American heavyweight in many years that has a legitimate shot to be the World Champion. The Polish Prince put up a great fight, but tonight it was all about the USA. Right now I'm very happy with Jennings performance."

"Bryant Jennings is no joke," stated co-promoter Leonard. "He's going to take the heavyweight division by storm and I see him becoming a world champion very soon."

"I know Jennings has the talent to take over the heavyweight division," manager James Prince said. "Tonight he took a giant step toward a world title shot. Boxing fans here in the U.S have a heavyweight in Jennings they can rally behind. We are gunning for the best out there."

Jennings (18-0, 10 KO) largely dictated the fight the entire way before stopping Szpilka (16-1, 12 KO) with just 40 seconds remaining in the fight.

"I came out here to put on a show and I think I accomplished that goal," said Jennings. "Szplika is a very tough fighter and I give him credit for lasting as long as he did. After the first knockdown I didn't think he would last much longer but he showed great heart and almost went the distance."

"I'm ready to step up and challenge for a world title," Jennings continued. "I'm going to take it one day at a time and see what my team presents me. I want to thank Gary Shaw, Antonio Leonard, James Prince and HBO for giving me this opportunity."