Wladimir Klitschko Outpoints Bryant Jennings, Retains Title
He didn’t have it all his own way though, big Wlad definitely started showing signs of slowing down.
Last night at the iconic Madison Square Garden in New York, undisputed heavyweight champion of the world Wladimir Klitschko made it 18 straight title defenses in a row, when he defeated when previously undefeated American contender Bryant Jennings via a unanimous decision.
The final scorecards read 118-109, 116-111, 116-111 in favour of the champion from the Ukraine, but that did not tell the full story of the bravery and game that Jennings displayed throughout the fight.
The defeated challenger felt after the fight the cards should have been a little closer, he may have had a point. He proved to be one of the most competitive Klitschko opponents in years.
The American worked behind a very high and tight guard for the start of the fight but as the bout progressed, he began to take more chances and rushed Wlad a number of times to close the distance, often landing some decent body shots and looping left hooks, marking up Wlad’s eye at one point.
He showed tremendous heart in some periods of the match to ship some punishing looking Klitschko right hands, as the champion walked him down at times behind his ram rod jab and backed him up onto the ropes.
Despite Jennings’ best efforts, Wlad was just a bit too tactically superior on the night and in truth, did what he always does best, stick behind the jab and right hand, methodically walk down his opponent as a fight progresses, hold whenever there is any danger and do enough to get the win, under any circumstances.
You can’t argue with it though, it has worked extraordinarily well for him in his career.
He now sits on an amazing run of 18 straight heavyweight title defenses but to me, if he were to face a dangerous contender like Deontay Wilder, Tyson Fury or Anthony Joshua in the coming years, he might very well lose that streak, as he definitely showed signs of slowing down last night I felt.
A great champion though, hats off to him.
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