Wladimir Klitschko Vs Bryant Jennings – Preview and Prediction

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Wladimir Klitschko returns to the US for the first time since 2008 to defend his heavyweight titles against American heavyweight hopeful Bryant Jennings. The bout will be shown live in the UK at 1am Saturday night on Boxnation.

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THE STORY ON – WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO

Often dubbed as the boring heavyweight champion, Wladimir Klitschko treated us to quite an exciting affair in his last outing against Kubrat Pulev and scored one of 2014’s knockouts of the year.

One thing I have noticed about Wladimir Klitschko in his most recent performances, he seems a lot more comfortable offensively and is more willing to drive forward and let his hands go. Despite being 39 years of age and probably at the back end of his career, he may well still be improving.

Wladimir Klitschko has dominated the heavyweight division for a decade now, it is almost hard to believe he was stopped 3 times earlier in his career and was a indecisive fighter low on confidence.

Since the late Emanuel Steward took Wladimir Klitschko under his wing in 2004, utilising all his fighters strengths and repairing his mental frailties, Wladimir has dominated the heavyweight division ever since.

I think he is up against an opponent in Bryant Jennings who is probably one of his better opponents in recent times, if he were to lose this weekend however, it would still remain the biggest upset of the year so far.

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THE STORY ON – BRYANT JENNINGS

Bryant Jennings is a late comer to the sport, only taking up boxing at the age of 24, having had limited amateur experience before turning professional. In that sense he is pretty inexperienced for a fight of this magnitude.

However you have to admire the fact it has taken Jennings just 6 years from the moment he entered a boxing gym to achieve a bright lights showdown with the true heavyweight champion of the world at the Madison Square Gardens, that in itself tells you a lot about the man.

While he will be the much smaller man this weekend, it may surprise many that Jennings actually comes into this fight with a 3 inch reach advantage, which could be a key factor if he utilises the advantage correctly.

Jennings is an unbeaten fighter with plenty of natural ability and a good defence, he has improved in his last few bouts as you would expect having fought solid contenders like Mike Perez and Artur Szpilka, however his inexperience is still evident at times in fights.

I think Jennings could provide Wladimir with a stern test this weekend however I would have to raise serious doubts as to whether he brings enough to the table to shock the world this Saturday night.

PREDICTION – KLITSCHKO TKO9

I think Jennings is one of the best opponents Wladimir has faced in recent times and he may be underrated, I have said in the past I rate Jennings highly and I believe he may perform better than many expect him too.

I can actually see Jennings having some bright spots early on in this fight.

However I just don’t believe he has enough to upset the champion this weekend and once Wladimir finds his range and dictates the pace, he will begin to dominate Jennings and the fight will then flip to a one sided affair.

Wladimir is just 1/4 to score a KO/TKO so there is very little value there for me, Jennings is a talented fighter and while I think its a tall order for him to go 12 rounds with Wladimir I believe 9/2 for a Wladimir Klitschko decision is worth a play, purely on value.

Ultimately however, I think Jennings will fall just short and will be stopped in the later rounds.

BETTING TIP 

£10 on Wladimir Klitschko by decision 9/2 Bet365