January 22, 2015 |
North Philadelphia boxer Bryant Jennings, who balanced his craft with a full-time job until last summer, will get a crack at heavyweight king Wladimir Klitschko on April 25 at Madison Square Garden. Jennings, 30, said a date with Klitschko is the opportunity of a lifetime. He began boxing just six years ago and spent little time as an amateur. The former Ben Franklin High football player still trains under Fred Jenkins, the trainer who needled Jennings for two years to join the ABC Recreation Center at 26th and Master Streets.
January 22, 2015 |
BRYANT JENNINGS walked toward his ringside seat at 2300 Arena last night, not an easy trek when so many people want to say hello and congratulate you. He eventually found his way to his seat and sat down, relieved. He held on closely to two cellphones, either could vibrate any moment. Especially given yesterday's news. The rumored matchup between the man who goes by "By-By" and heavyweight titan Wladimir Klitschko became a reality early yesterday morning. Klitschko will defend his WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO world heavyweight titles against Jennings on April 25 at Madison Square Garden.
December 5, 2014 |
North Philadelphia boxer Bryant Jennings appears set to get a date with the biggest name in the heavyweight division. Jennings posted an edited image to Instagram on Wednesday morning of himself fighting Wladimir Klitschko. Jennings implied that the fight would take place on April 25. His promoter, Gary Shaw, said he had been contacted by Shelly Finkel, Klitschko's adviser. That was all Shaw said he could say. A message for Jennings was not returned. "If you're scared get a dog. I'm from Philly, I don't know what scared is," Jennings wrote on Instagram.
May 7, 2014 |
Couric to return to 'Today'? We love rumors, and this is a doozy. The New York Post and TMZ say that with lovely Samantha Guthrie with kid and soon to go on maternity leave, NBC honchitos are thinking about inviting Katie Couric , who left Today in 2006, back to fill the gap. She and Guthrie and cohost Matt Lauer are all buds, and . . . we'll see. Ariel Winter case settled It was a tearful Los Angeles courtroom on...
March 7, 2013
Wladimir Klitschko will defend his four heavyweight titles against Francesco Pianeta in May. Klitschko's management said the fight will take place on May 4 in Mannheim, Germany. Klitschko holds the IBF, IBO, WBA and WBO heavyweight belts. Pianeta (28-0-1, 15 KOs) was briefly Klitschko's sparring partner last year. Klitschko is 59-3 with 51 KOs. British boxer John Donnelly was suspended for two years after a positive doping test. TENNIS: Top-ranked Novak Djokovic beat Mardy Fish in the American's return to the court after a six-month absence caused by a heart condition in the inaugural Los Angeles Tennis Challenge exhibition.
January 21, 2013 |
NEW YORK - A pair of brown-tinted sunglasses concealed Gabriel Rosado's bludgeoned left eye, an injury that cut short the gritty North Philadelphian's bid for a world championship. Gennady Golovkin, the WBA and IBO middleweight champion, opened two cuts near Rosado's eye early in Saturday's fight at Madison Square Garden and continued to target the wound until Billy Briscoe, Rosado's trainer, threw in the towel during the seventh round to end the fight on a technical knockout. "Billy is going to look out for my best interests," Rosado said as he dabbed a bloodied white cloth underneath the sunglasses.
June 21, 2012 |
FOR A FIGHTER with only 14 professional bouts under his belt, there sure is a lot of boxing-circle buzz around Philadelphia heavyweight Bryant Jennings. Earlier this month on NBC Sports Network, renowned trainer Freddie Roach called him "the best prospect America has right now in the heavyweight division. " Then on Saturday night in Newark, N.J., Jennings dismantled Steve Collins to capture the vacant USBA title. Fighting on NBCSN for the third time this year, he won all 10 rounds on all three score cards in dominating fashion.
June 6, 2012 |
ROB MURRAY SR. had the same dream as most people who train boxers for a living — to reach the ultimate big time with one of their fighters, a world heavyweight championship. Rob came close, but never realized his dream. However, Rob Murray made so many contributions to the local boxing scene and the Philadelphia community in general, and mentored so many young men, taking them from the temptations and dangers of the streets into the boxing gyms, where they learned pride and sportsmanship, that it didn't really matter.
February 21, 2012 |
DERECK CHISORA apologized "wholeheartedly" yesterday for the brawl with David Haye that followed Chisora's loss to WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko . Haye blamed Chisora for the clash that followed his fellow Londoner's defeat in Munich and the beaten challenger has acknowledged that violence at the news conference had marred the biggest night of his career. Chisora, who was questioned for 7 hours by German police and is being investigated by the British Boxing Board of Control over the incident, did not say what provoked him to descend from the top table and confront Haye.
January 12, 2012
Conan (11 p.m., TBS) - Ricky Gervais; Wladimir Klitschko. The Colbert Report (11:31 p.m., COM) - Mike Allen. Late Show With David Letterman (11:35 p.m., CBS3) - Sen. John McCain; Johnny Winter performs. The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (11:35 p.m., NBC10) - Gerard Butler; Betty White; Ledisi performs. Jimmy Kimmel Live (midnight, 6ABC) - Meryl Streep.