Saturday, 25 April 2015 03:20

Klitschko vs Jennings: Time, odds, channel, stats & facts

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On Saturday night, Wladimir Klitschko, who is starting to be compared to heavyweight greats of the past, will attempt to make his 11th defense of his lineal title and 18th consecutive defense as a fighter with a portion of the heavyweight title.


His opponent will be Philadelphia native Bryant Jennings (19-0, 10 KO) who hopes to shock the world and become a real life Rocky Balboa.

So what time is the Klitschko vs Jennings fight?

Kllitscho vs Jennings Time:
10pm ET (U.S.)
1am London

The fighters may walk in the ring closer to 11pm ET/2AM London depending on the length of the televised undercard bout.

Channel: HBO (U.S.), BoxNation (U.K.)

Undercard
(Televised portion)

Sadam Ali (21-0, 13 KO)  vs. Francisco Santana (22-3-1, 11 KO)
10 rounds, welterweights


Klitschko vs Jennings will serve as the champion's first bout in the U.S. in seven years and first as a father; Klitschko and fiancee Hayden Panettiere welcomed Kaya Evdokia Klitschko on December 9.

On the line, of course, will be Klitschko's lineal heavyweight title and his many belts.

Klitschko vs Jennings Odds

Bovada has Klitschko as a -1400 favorite to win once and the challenger as a +750 underdog. Bet $1400 on Wlad to win $100 and $100 on Jennings to win $750.

But keep in mind, from Jack Johnson to Jack Dempsey to Muhammad Ali and Wladimir Klitschko, when fighters face the heavyweight champion of the world, they are usually well-prepared and in the best shape of their lives.

Win or lose, the Bryant Jennings who will fight Wlad will be the best version of the Philadelphia native we will have seen thus far. And while it may not be enough to dethrone the lineal champion, don't expect Jennings to be a literal 'cake walk' either.

Heavyweight resurgence?

Klitschko is a 'rock star' in Germany and in other parts of Europe and when he fights, regardless of the opponent or venue's location, it's an "event" in the 'Land of Chocolate' not unlike The Kentucky Derby and NCAA Final Four in the United States.

However, Wlad is hardly a mainstream celebrity here and his popularity is modest at best, despite his tremendous success in the ring. In fact, a heavyweight champion hasn't been mainstream in the States since Lennox Lewis retired in 2004.

Will Klitschko vs Jennings help restore some of boxing's lost luster in the U.S this time?

And will Jennings, like Buster Douglas following his knockout over Tyson, become a star over night should he orchestrate the upset?


Klitschko vs Jennings facts & stats

AGES: Klitschko - 39, Jennings - 30

HEIGHT: Klitschko 6′ 6″ / 198cm, Jennings - 6′ 3″ / 191cm

WEIGHT: Klitschko 241.6, Jennings - 226.8

REACH: Klitschko 81″ / 206cm, Jennings 84″ / 213cm

TITLES: RING MAGAZINE (lineal), WBA/WBC/IBF 

Defending Champion: Klitschko


RATINGS

Klitschko

  • Consensus top heavyweight
  • RING Magazine's No. 2 pound-for-pound fighter

Jennings

  • RING Magazine's No 5 rated contender
  • Division: Heavyweight

KNOCKOUT RATIO

  • Klitschko - 80.3%
  • Jennings - 53%

MOST RECENT BOUT

  • Klitschko
    KO 5 Kubrat Pulev, Nov 2014

  • Jennings
    SD 5 Mike Perez, July 2014

STRENGTHS

  • Klitschko
    Jab, powerful right hand, size, speed, experience, defense and overall technical skills

  • Jennings
    Reach, toughness, scrappy style and, perhaps, a partisan crowd

STANCE
Both orthodox


POSSIBLE NEXT FIGHT OPPONENTS FOR WINNER

  • Tyson Fury
  • Deontay Wilder 
  • Shannon Briggs
 

 

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