Klitschko vs. Jennings predictions from FightSaga Radio teamWritten by Joseph Herron
Tonight from the Madison Square Garden, Wladimir Kitschko (63-3, 53 KOs) will defend his IBF, WBO, Super WBA, and IBO Heavyweight titles against Philly native Bryant Jennings (19-0, 10 KOs) on HBO World Championship Boxing with a start time of 10PM ET/7PM PT.
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Leading into the highly anticipated main event, “Dr. Steel Hammer” is the overwhelming betting favorite, currently sitting at (-1500), with the very athletic and intelligent “Bye Bye” Jennings coming in at a betting differential of (-900).
Here are some Klitschko vs Jennings predictions from several members of the FightSaga Radio Team on tonight’s Heavyweight clash.
Three decade fight trainer James Gogue: “I can see Wladimir controlling range with his piston like jab and footwork. Once Klitschko starts landing the left hand with regularity and finds the right distance, Wladimir is going to start unleashing his missile of a right hand in the early to mid rounds. I can’t see Bryant Jennings lasting very much longer after that.”
Projection: Wladimir Klitschko TKO 8 over Bryant Jennings
“Ringside Report” host Rodney Green: “I think Jennings is going to try to use the entire ring and set traps for Wlad Klitschko to start the fight. Look for this fight to look awkward at times, but expect to see Wlad eventually have success cutting off the ring and controlling range with his footwork and straight left hand. I can see Jennings getting overwhelmed once Klitschko begins to let his hands go in the mid to late rounds.”
Projection: Wladimir Klitschko TKO9 over Bryant Jennings
Elite level trainer Ronnie Shields: “I see Klitschko being too much for the young and less experienced fighter. There’s no way Bryant is going to outbox Klitschko from the outside, so he’s going to have to try and close the distance eventually. Jennings is a great guy and has a lot of heart, but I don’t think he has the kind of physical and mental durability it’s going to take to beat Wladimir Klitschko. A fighter has to be willing to walk through fire like Lamon Brewster did over a decade ago to beat Klitschko, and I just don’t think Jennings has the size, strength, and overall toughness to implement that kind of gameplan.”
Projection: Wladimir Klitschko TKO 7 over Bryant Jennings
FightSaga Radio host Joseph Herron: “I think Bryant Jennings should have waited another year or two before taking this assignment. But with the deficiencies “Bye Bye” showed against Perez last July, I think promoter Gary Shaw made the wise business decision by pulling the trigger on this title opportunity for his relatively young fighter. Expect Jennings to put forth a respectable effort that will look awkward at times, while inevitably succumbing to awesome power of the Steel Hammer in the middle rounds.”
Projection: Wladimir Klitschko KO 5 over Bryant Jennings
Klitschko vs. Jennings is presented by K2 Promotions and “The Klitschko Management Group” in association with Gary Shaw Productions, and will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing with a start time of 10:00 p.m. ET/PT in the United States and RTL in Germany.
Ali vs. Santana in the televised co-main event of the evening is presented by K2 Promotions in association with Gary Shaw Productions and Golden Boy Promotions.