US heavyweight Bryant Jennings (23-2, 13 KOs) will face Alexander Dimitrenko (41-3, 26 KOs) for the WBO International heavyweight title in the 12-round main event at the Ocean Resort Casino’s Ovation Hall in Atlantic City on August 18.
Jennings is a former world title challenger who boxed Wladimir Klitschko in 2015 at Madison Square Garden, surprising when he went the distant.
Winning an International strap from the WBO would see him climb that body’s heavyweight rankings. The goal of course would be the world title held by Klitschko conqueror and unified boss Anthony Joshua.
“Dimitrenko is a big, competitive fighter,” Jennings said. “I worked very hard to gain my position in the heavyweight division. Every fight for me is a risk. While I’m confident in myself, I don’t take any opponent lightly. Boxing fans can expect me to bring my best.”
“I am looking forward to this fight, as this is an opportunity to advance in the heavyweight division,” Dimitrenko said. “I love to train and push myself to the limit. I want to be great. I’ve never had so much fun in boxing. The fight against Jennings comes at just the right time, and I will take advantage of this opportunity.”
On the undercard Jesse Hart defends the NABF super-middleweight title in a 10-rounder against Mike Gavronski. “I’m excited to be back in Atlantic City. I know that my hometown fans will show up, and I will put on a spectacular performance,” Hart said. “Gavronski is a good test. He’s durable, and I know this fight will be great for boxing and boxing fans.”
“It’s a wonderful place to showcase my talents. This is what you live for,” Gavronski said. “Hart is a tough guy who can do a lot of nice things. I just think I can do them a lot better. If you want to be the best, you have to beat the best. I am willing to fight anybody. I love the challenge.”
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