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This past Saturday, Bryant Jennings (19-1, 10 KOs) lost his first fight as a professional against Wladimir Klitschko (64-3, 53 KOs), who is regarded as one of the most dominant champions in any division in recent years.
Klitschko has been so dominant that Jennings, 30, earned a bit of praise for winning at least a few rounds against Klitschko.
“I think I went out there and did what I was supposed to do, and I think it was magnified by the expectancy level from everybody else,” said Jennings, at the post-fight press conference for the title fight against Klitschko.
Surprisingly, however, the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania native admitted that his fight with Klitschko wasn’t the toughest fight of his career.
“That still wasn’t even my toughest fight,” said Jennings, “I swear to god that wasn’t my toughest fight.”
For Jennings, his toughest fight was against Maurice Bryarm in 2012, which was fought on five days’ notice.
Jennings got the call on a Tuesday, fought later that Saturday, and went to war for 10 rounds before earning a unanimous decision win.
“I had to push myself to the limit. I was dead tired,” said Jennings, who was clearly unprepared to go ten rounds.
Still, the best opponent he has ever faced is Klitschko, and despite losing, Jennings’ stock goes up after at least winning a few rounds.
A fight against WBC champion Deontay Wilder may be in his future, but who would you like to see him face next?
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