While all eyes, and deservingly so, are fixated on the lights of the MGM Grand for the biggest fight since Mike Tyson was paroled, this weekend heavyweight champion of the world will return to fight on American shores for the first time in seven years.
Fans of the sweet science will be treated to the Floyd Mayweather V Manny Pacquiao fight in a few short weeks, but first this weekend get ready to rumble as the Champ returns. Wladimir Klitschko will take on undefeated American Bryant Jennings at Madison Square Garden on Saturday (HBO, 10 p.m. ET).
Matchup: Bryant Jennings vs Wladimir Klitschko
Belt: IBF/WBO/WBA heavyweight title
Date: April. 25, 2015
Start Time: 9:00 p.m. ET
Location: New York, New York
Stadium: Madison Square Garden
Money Line: Jennings +1200 / Klitschko -1900
TV Info: HBO
Stream: HBO Boxing
A Closer Look At The Bryant Jennings vs Wladimir Klitschko Fight Odds, Analysis & How To Watch
Bryant Jennings Will Beat Wladimir Klitschko
if he can get inside and connect on his combinations.
Jennings has stated that he believes he can beat Klitchko by "fighting outside". That’s a tough statement to wrap one’s head around since Wladimir is one of the biggest heavyweights to ever hold the crown.
Although Jennings is 6′ 3", Wladimir is 6’6". The champ is very good at using his reach. If Jennings is to beat Klitschko, he’s going to have to go inside of Klitschko’s reach. But, that won’t be enough. He’s going to have to go inside and still leave himself with enough room to get off short power punches, upper cuts and short right and left hooks, without having to shift his feet too much. If he can do that, Jennings might have a shot.
One other thing that Jennings needs to do is be the aggressor. He’ll open Klitschko up by throwing combinations. This is Jennings’ only shot in a fight where he’s going to be a huge underdog.
— ESPN.co.uk (@ESPNUK) April 23, 2015
Wladimir Klitschko Will Beat Bryant Jennings
if he uses his experience and waits for Jennings to make mistakes.
Wladimir is a much more experienced fighter than Bryant Jennings. He should use that experience to counter punch Jennings when Jennings tries to come in and establish an inside position. Wladimir doesn’t necessarily have to out box Jennings to win.
He could out box the underdog Jennings if that what he wants to do. But, Klitschko is more than capable of winning a brawl. What he could do is counter Jennings when that one tries to establish an inside position by shifting to one side and pummeling Jennings with power punches.
Klitschko could even allow Jennings to establish position before countering off of Jennings punches. Wladimir is an experienced enough fighter to do that. If Klitschko allows Jennings to get his combinations off before countering, he might be in some trouble. He had better look to counter Jennings inside of the combinations. Wladimir has so much power, and he always sets his feet right, that only a few counter punches could be all he needs to knockout Jennings.