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Klitschko - Jennings set for April 25th

The long rumored fight is now official. Bryant Jennings will challenge Wladimir Klitschko for the Heavyweight Crown at Madison Square Garden.

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Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

ESPN is now reporting that rumored bout between Wladimir Klitschko and Bryant Jennings has now been officially signed. The two will meet at Madison Square Garden on April 25th, where Wlad will be defending his ironclad choke hold on the heavyweight division. It was previously stated that Klitschko's fight was to happen at the Barclay's Center, but he opted for MSG instead. The fight will be televised on HBO.

Jennings spoke to ESPN about the upcoming bout, one in which he feels he has all of the intangible attributes to walk away victorious on that night.

"I have all of the attributes naturally to be a champion that you can't teach -- heart and will," Jennings told "I'm psyched up. This is the level where I'm at. This is exactly what I planned to do. Whatever competition you are in, your goal should be to reach the top. This is the top, but now it's about taking it to higher heights and winning."

Wladimir, who has mostly been fighting in Germany in recent years, is now said to have a credible American opponent which will bring some American backing to the fight. This supposedly makes fighting in the U.S. a worthwhile option for Wlad at this point. It would seem to me that a Deontay Wilder unification fight would be the most "worthwhile" option, but it doesn't even seem like that fight is on any horizon. I couldn't help but think while watching the Stiverne-Wilder fight that, as well as Wilder performed, that he would get totally obliterated by Klitschko. Anyways - Bryant Jennings continued to talk about his big shot at the title.

"Everybody has some weaknesses, and there is a blueprint to beat everybody," Jennings said. "I will have to be at my best. This is heavyweight boxing, where it only takes one punch. Matching me up with Wladimir, there is an age difference. I'm a lot younger than he is. And while I may be shorter [6-foot-3 to 6-6], my arms are long and I am very athletic. But the most important thing is that I come to fight and I know how to win.

"They can say whatever they want about inexperience but I know how to win and in a lot of different ways. And I always have the ambition to find a way to win. I'm not a quitter. I have the heart and will to be a champion. I understand Klitschko is a beast in himself, but I know for sure I will be ready. This is what I fight for. We are not planning on losing. We are talking about bringing that belt home. Nothing against Deontay, but I figure a heavyweight champion from Philly is bigger than a heavyweight champion from Alabama."

Does anyone expect Klitschko-Jennings to be a competitive fight, or more to the point, does anyone really think Jennings could actually win this fight?

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