Odds of Winning
Wladimir Klitschko enters the fight a heavy favorite in Vegas and on online sportsbooks (see odds below). Klitschko’s size advantage, experience, and impenetrable defense make the Ukrainian, by far, Jennings’ toughest test yet. But the rugged Philadelphian comes to his first major title bout undefeated and will be looking to make a name for himself with this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
”This is the moment I have been waiting for,” said Jennings. “Now it’s time to bring the belts home.”
Olympic gold medalist Wladimir Klitschko (63-3, 53 KOs), the most dominant champion the heavyweight division has seen in recent history, returns to fight in the United States for the first time since 2008 to make his 18th consecutive world title defense.
Riding a 21-fight winning streak since his last defeat, at the hands of Lamon Brewster in 2004, Klitschko’s eight-year reign as a titleholder is second only to Joe Louis’s record of 11 years. 39-years-old Klitschko enters Saturday’s fight having flattened an undefeated Kubrat Pulev with a fifth-round knockout in November 2014.
Watch Steelhammer unleash beautiful havoc on his adversaries:
Bryant “By-By” Jennings (19-0,10 KOs) has worked his way up NBC Sports’ Fight Night shows and on to a main event on HBO. Jennings was last in action in July 2014, outpointing Cuban Mike Perez. Prior to the Perez fight, Jennings, 30 years old, knocked out Artur Szpilka in January of 2014 at Madison Square Gardens.
Perez and Szpilka had entered the ring against Jennings undefeated, both walk away with a loss.
Let’s take a look at the numbers for Saturday:
bet365: Wladimir Klitschko -1600 Bryant Jennings +800
Coral: Wladimir Klitschko -1200 Bryant Jennings +700
bWim: Wladimir Klitschko -3300 Bryant Jennings +1150
SkyBET: Wladimir Klitschko -1400 Bryant Jennings +700
Jennings is an aggressive, high-volume grinder who brings athletic skills, speed, and ring smarts to the table. He sports a complete defensive game and excellent conditioning.
However, I see Jennings’ lack of power and experience (only 14 amateur fights, and 19 professional) as no match for Klitschko‘s pedigree (140 amateur contests, and 66 pro fights), his flagpole jab, his size, and his strength; and the American’s propensity to stand in front of his opponents and unload is tailor-made for a middle-round KO at the hands of Dr. Steelhammer.
Prediction: Wladimir Klitschko with a seventh-round TKO.
Watch Steelhammer sing a song for Bryant Jennings: