Klitschko vs Jennings: Please, no rematch Max

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At the conclusion of last night's heavyweight title showdown between champion Wladimir Klitschko and challenger Bryant Jennings, HBO's Max Kellerman asked the former if he'd agree to a rematch. 

A rematch? 

In a bout non-violence advocates and Greenpeace would appreciate, lineal heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (64-3, 54 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten challenger Bryant Jennings (19-1, 10 KOs) at Madison Square Garden.

The final judges’ scores were 116-111, 116-111 and 118-109 for Wladimir Clinch-ko....er... Klitschko.

Win the win, Wlad earned his 18th successful title defense and is within seven of tying the record of 25 held by Joe Louis.

A fight legend by any measure, Wladimir Klitschko, among Americans, is perhaps one of the least known and respected heavyweight champions in the entire history of the sport.

... And last night is exactly why.


He wins but is certainly not the most entertaining fighter to watch.

Left jab, hold...Clinch....
Left jab, hold...Clinch....
Left jab, right hand, hold


After being repeatedly by referee Michael Griffin for clinching, Wlad was finally deducted a point in the 10th but it didn't matter because Klitschko's lone jab was more than enough to secure the win because some semblance of offense trumps minimal offense.

And whatever happened to hooks, uppercuts and body shots? All we saw from Wlad tonight was jab-jab and the occasional jab-right hand.

... And clinch of course.

But not to outdone was Klitchko's opponent Bryant Jennings whose gloves appeared to be taped to his cheeks the entire fight.

With an offensive output even the NFL's Redskins wouldn't envy, Jennings, although well-prepared, often resembled a sparring partner looking to give his mate some good work.

If Klitschko vs Jennings were a football game, all scores would have been field goals and Wlad would have won 9-3.


Defensively, Jennings was solid and his movement caused some real problems for Wlad, buying him enough time to hang around for twelve rounds. However, Jennings was far too reluctant to let his hands go and take any chances. As a result, the fight wasn't close.

Perhaps it was a bad style match-up as every fight can't be a thriller, right?

... Or maybe it was a match between two fellas who, despite showcasing flashes of excitement on occasion, simply aren't pleasing to watch unless paired with the right opponent?

Regardless, please spare us the rematch for this one.

... And let's hope Mayweather vs Pacquiao next week is a lot more fan-friendly.


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