Feature | Jun 20 2017

EXCLUSIVE Bryant Jennings on fighting Wladimir Klitschko and Anthony Joshua

Bryant Jennings has a surprising admission about his fight with Wladimir Klitschko. John Dennen reports from Las Vegas
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PHILADELPHIA heavyweight Bryant Jennings had a surprising assessment of Wladimir Klitschko, the former world heavyweight champion who put in a sterling performance in a thrilling war with Anthony Joshua at Wembley stadium in April.

Jennings went 12 rounds with Klitschko in 2015 but he suggested that his own fight with the Ukrainian revealed the first signs that Wladimir wasn’t what he used to be. “Not taking nothing away from Joshua, Klitschko, he’s just not the same Klitschko. He probably wasn’t the same Klitschko when I fought him, but credit due to the victor. Klitschko did good. Joshua still has some growing to do and he’s definitely the future. The fight was good, the fight was definitely exciting. But people are looking at an old Klitschko, even you can discredit my fight with him. It’s the old Klitschko,” the American said in an exclusive interview with Boxing News.

He gave a blunt assessment of how Joshua should approach his looming rematch with the Ukrainian. “Klitschko can’t fight either, he can’t mix it. If they were to fight again, all Joshua has to do is just jump on him. That’s it. Jump on him, touch him a few times, there we go. I see the rematch for Joshua to really up his conditioning, as fit as he looks, I would expect him to be more physically conditioned. Other than that the sky’s the limit,” Jennings said. “He’ll come out more confident and he will do the same thing. Because Klitschko don’t know how to fight. Just mix it with Klitschko. Mix it, close shots, Klitschko likes long shots. Short shots. You see when Klitschko got hit with the uppercut, Klitschko was trying to hold. He was trying to hold and he got an uppercut.