Klitschko – Jennings Build-Up Goes by Almost Unnoticed


Undisputed heavyweight boxing champion Wladimir Klitschko is putting his championship belt on the line this week.

But you’d be forgiven for not knowing.

The fight has been completely overlooked in the wake of the Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao saturation marketing.

First off this weekend’s heavyweight fight will be shown of HBO without the $100 pay-per-view price tag.

Second, tickets have been on sale since February – and remain not only available, but affordable.

Third, Manhattan hotel rooms have not been booked out. So those wanting to fly in for the Madison Square Gardens’ stoush can do so and have a place to lay their heads.

The Ukrainian juggernaut Klitschko (63-3, 53 KOs) will be hosting American underdog and Philadelphian native Bryant Jennings (19-0, 10KOs) on Saturday night.

“Bryant is Rocky Balboa. He’s from Philadelphia and someone who has pretty much the same story,” said Klitschko of his opponent. “He’s a top contender, and I can see the desire and will in the way he carries himself. It makes me believe the fight will be exciting. I think he’s going to come to win. This is his audience and his people. That’s something that’s going to push him.”

Klitschko can afford to be gracious. He has the advantages of 3 inches, a staggering 14.8 pounds (6.7 kg), and more than three times the experience of his 9 years younger opponent.

“I think he’s a good fighter,” said Klitschko’s trainer Jonathon Banks. “I think this is the opportunity of his life. But I think he showed up a little too early. This is nothing to discredit him. If he keeps going, he will be champion one day. It’s just bad timing. Wladimir is better. He’s stronger and faster.”

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