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December 10, 2012 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Each word became more intense and rapid as Bryant Jennings rolled through his victory rap Saturday night. A dozen family members and friends stood behind him and listened silently. "I'm never scared. I'm everywhere. They aren't ever there," said Jennings. "Come on. Why would I ever care. Pound-for-pound, one of the best to ever come around here. " Instead of calling out his next opponent, Jennings chose to freestyle rap after knocking out Bowie Topou in the fifth round to successfully defend his USBA heavyweight title at Temple's McGonigle Hall.
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December 19, 2015 | By Jesse Dougherty, For The Inquirer
SYRACUSE, N.Y - Bryant Jennings stood and listened, 12 rounds of sweat dripping off him, as the Madison Square Garden ring announcer put his career's ascension on hold. "And still unified heavyweight champion of the world," the announcer said, "the Steel Hammer, Wladimir Klitschko. " Klitschko held up two belts, the crowd went crazy and Jennings was left the bout on April 25 with his first career loss and a missed chance at joining the elite class of the heavyweight division.
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December 21, 2015 | By Jesse Dougherty, For The Inquirer
VERONA, N.Y - Bryant Jennings, the Philadelphia heavyweight who started his career with 19 straight victories, lost his second straight bout Saturday, suffering a technical knockout at the hands of Luis Ortiz at Turning Stone Resort Casino. After getting up from a knockdown in the seventh round, Ortiz landed a round of punches that sent Jennings spiraling on the ropes. After a swinging left hook hit Jennings square in the face, the referee called the fight, and Jennings stumbled into the middle of the ring with blood filling his mouth.
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September 9, 2012 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
North Philadelphia heavyweight Bryant Jennings scored a 35-second technical knockout to stay undefeated with a win over 30-year-old Chris Koval at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., on Saturday afternoon. The 27-year-old Jennings (15-0, 7 KOs) scored two quick knockdowns of Koval (25-10), which prompted the referee to stop the bout. Jennings connected with a left for his first knockdown and followed up with a right hook for the winner. West Philadelphia's Steve Cunningham, 36, made his heavyweight debut with a 10-round unanimous decision over Jason Gavern.
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September 29, 2012
Promoter J. Russell Peltz is trying to line up an opponent for North Philadelphia heavyweight Bryant Jennings, but it apparently will not be the rising star of Golden Boy Promotions. Jennings is set to fight the main event Dec. 8 in Philadelphia on a card that will be televised by NBC Sports Network. Peltz said he offered Golden Boy a match between Jennings (15-0, 7 knockouts) and Deontay Wilder, a 2008 Olympic bronze medalist who has won all 25 of his pro fights by knockout.
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June 14, 2013 | BY JOHN MURROW, Daily News Staff Writer murrowj@phillynews.com
Heavyweight contender Bryant Jennings is on a mission. At Ben Franklin High, Jennings was a three-sport athlete who dreamed of becoming famous and be able to take care of his family without financial worry. After concluding that certain dreams would not become a reality, the North Philadelphia native settled with boxing because it was his best chance to be great at something. "I pushed myself and pushed myself," Jennings said. "Now, I am ready for whatever is thrown at me. " Tonight, Jennings will face his first test since knocking out Bowie Tupuo last December.
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December 22, 2015 | By Jesse Dougherty, For The Inquirer
VERONA, N.Y. - Bryant Jennings was flat on the canvas for four seconds Saturday night, then pushed himself up onto two wobbly legs. Before referee Dick Pakozdi started the fight again, the Philadelphian looked around to see whether he could find a clock. Jennings wanted to know how much time was left in the seventh round. He wanted to know whether, after being knocked down by a vicious uppercut, he could make it to the bell and still have a chance at beating Luis Ortiz and ascending to the top of the heavyweight division.
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December 22, 2015 | By Jesse Dougherty, For The Inquirer
VERONA, N.Y. - Bryant Jennings was flat on the canvas for four seconds Saturday night, then pushed himself up onto two wobbly legs. Before referee Dick Pakozdi started the fight again, the Philadelphian looked around to see whether he could find a clock. Jennings wanted to know how much time was left in the seventh round. He wanted to know whether, after being knocked down by a vicious uppercut, he could make it to the bell and still have a chance at beating Luis Ortiz and ascending to the top of the heavyweight division.
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December 21, 2015 | By Jesse Dougherty, For The Inquirer
VERONA, N.Y - Bryant Jennings, the Philadelphia heavyweight who started his career with 19 straight victories, lost his second straight bout Saturday, suffering a technical knockout at the hands of Luis Ortiz at Turning Stone Resort Casino. After getting up from a knockdown in the seventh round, Ortiz landed a round of punches that sent Jennings spiraling on the ropes. After a swinging left hook hit Jennings square in the face, the referee called the fight, and Jennings stumbled into the middle of the ring with blood filling his mouth.
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December 20, 2015 | By Jesse Dougherty, For The Inquirer
VERONA, N.Y. - When promoter Russell Peltz signed lightweight Anthony Burgin a couple years back, Chino Rivas urged Peltz to also take on Jason Sosa. Except Peltz wanted only Burgin. He knew little about Sosa and didn't mind keeping it that way. "He said, 'Please do me a favor,' " Peltz said, remembering Rivas' plea for him to sign Sosa. "I said, 'Chino, I really don't want to sign Jason Sosa.' " But Peltz took a chance on Sosa, trusting Rivas' judgment as his trainer, and the Camden native has knocked out 13 straight opponents since.
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December 19, 2015 | By Jesse Dougherty, For The Inquirer
SYRACUSE, N.Y - Bryant Jennings stood and listened, 12 rounds of sweat dripping off him, as the Madison Square Garden ring announcer put his career's ascension on hold. "And still unified heavyweight champion of the world," the announcer said, "the Steel Hammer, Wladimir Klitschko. " Klitschko held up two belts, the crowd went crazy and Jennings was left the bout on April 25 with his first career loss and a missed chance at joining the elite class of the heavyweight division.
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May 9, 2015 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
Too often, heavyweight Joey Dawejko had to make a choice. He'd just spent another 10-12 hours on top of a roof, with nowhere to hide from the unforgiving summer sun. Scorched and exhausted, Dawejko would get home around 9:30 p.m. knowing he needed to rise by 3:30 a.m. to do his roadwork. Should he sleep and recover? After all, at the time he had two children - he has three now - to feed. Or should he continue to break his body down with early morning runs and sparring as the once-promising amateur heavyweight chased what appeared to be a fading dream?
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April 29, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer neiburj@phillynews.com
JESSE HART always figured that by the time he became a pro boxer, Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao would be retired. He was wrong. On Saturday, he'll fight on the undercard of arguably the biggest fight in boxing history, when the two pound-for-pound kings clash at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Hart (16-0, 13 KOs), who grew up in North Philadelphia at 28th and Berks, takes on Chicago's Mike Jimenez (17-0, 11 KOs) in a scheduled 10-round bout for the vacant USBA super middleweight title.
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April 28, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - Bryant Jennings played on his cellphone late Saturday as he sat behind a microphone at the postfight news conference. The North Philadelphia boxer apologized when it was his time to speak. Jennings had to finish sending a text message. His unanimous decision loss to Wladimir Klitschko, the world's premier heavyweight, had ended about a half hour earlier. Jennings went the distance at Madison Square Garden, proving to be a stiffer-than-expected challenge over 12 rounds. His phone was abuzz.
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April 28, 2015
NEW YORK - Going off his postfight demeanor, one might have thought that North Philadelphia heavyweight Bryant "By-By" Jennings had actually defeated long-time champion Wladimir Klitschko on Saturday night in Madison Square Garden. That is not what happened. Jennings got the short end of a lopsided unanimous decision as the Ukrainian called "Dr. Steelhammer" retained his WBA, WBO, IBF, IBO and "The Ring" championship belts. Still, Jennings did not display the dour feelings of a guy who had missed out on five title belts.
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April 27, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - Bryant Jennings returned to his corner Saturday night and watched as his trainer unwrapped the tape from his red and white boxing gloves. His night was finished. The toughest test of his career was complete. The North Philadelphia heavyweight - who charted an improbable course to get to Madison Square Garden - had gone the distance with Wladimir Klitschko, the world's premier heavyweight. Jennings held his own through the 12-round, unanimous-decision loss. It was more competitive than the scores of 116-111, 116-111, and 118-109 would lead one to believe.
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