PHILADELPHIA'S Bryant Jennings continued his effort to lay claim to the title of "best American heavyweight" with a unanimous decision over Steve Collins for the vacant USBA title Saturday in Newark, N.J.
Jennings won all 10 rounds on all three scorecards (100-89) and knocked Collins into the ropes in the fourth round with a left jab/right uppercut combination to force a standing eight count.
Jennings, 27, improved to 14-0 with six knockouts and won for the third time this year on the NBC Sports Network "Fight Night" series. Although not as impressive as his ninth-round stoppage of former WBO heavyweight champion Sergei Liakhovich in his previous appearance, the late-blooming Jennings continues to learn and get better. He entered the night ranked No. 15 by the IBF. Collins dropped to 25-2-1 (18 KOs).