Story & Photos by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Heavyweight contender Bryant Jennings, 18-0, 10 KOs, hosted an open workout for the media Wednesday morning at the ABC Recreation Center in North Philadelphia. Jennings fielded questions from the press, and went through a light workout, a portion of which he did blindfolded. “It’s mainly to get him focused on listening for my voice,” said trainer Fred Jenkins about the unorthodox method. “If he can do it that smooth blindfolded, when he can see he should be much better.”
Jennings appeared to be in tremendous condition and sounded quite ready for this, the biggest bout of his four-year professional career.
“I’m fighting for me, my son, my family, the people that surround me, and my loved ones,” Jennings said. “I’m still hungry. I want to be focused. No offense to nobody, but just leave me alone. I’m on my mission. I know the only way to get ahead is to focus on what’s in front of me.”
Jennings takes on Mike Perez, 20-0-1, 12 KOs, at Madison Square Garden, on July 26th, in a 12-round bout to determine the #1 WBC heavyweight contender. The winner of the bout earns a guaranteed title opportunity with the winner of Bermane Stiverne and Deontay Wilder, who are tentatively slated to fight later this year.
The Jennings-Perez fight along with a middleweight championship bout between Gennady Golovkin and Daniel Geale will be televised live on HBO.
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