December 22, 2015 |
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.
December 21, 2015 |
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.
December 20, 2015 |
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.
December 19, 2015 |
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.
May 9, 2015 |
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?
April 29, 2015 |
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.
April 28, 2015 |
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.
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.
April 27, 2015 |
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.