Bryant Jennings to fight Wladimir Klitschko in Madison Square Garden

January 21, 2015

Newcomer Roc Nation Sports is quickly making an impression in the boxing world, as just a few weeks after staging its first card and then signing superstar boxer Andre Ward, it reached an agreement for another newly-signed boxer, Bryant Jennings (19-0, 10 KO’s), to face heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (63-3, 53 KO’s) on April 25 at the legendary Madison Square Garden in New York City.

The bout will be televised by HBO, and will be for Klitschko's IBF, WBA, WBO, and IBO titles.

"This is the moment I have been waiting for," said Jennings in a statement.  “Now it’s time to bring the belts home.”

The undefeated Jennings, a Philadelphia native, most recently faced then fellow unbeaten heavyweight contender Mike Perez (20-0-1, 12 KO’s) in New York on July 26, 2014, at Madison Square Garden, scoring a 12-round split decision victory.

“Roc Nation Sports is proud to present Jennings with the opportunity to win the Heavyweight Unified Title of the World,” said Gary Shaw, Roc Nation Sports Boxing executive.

Klitschko’s battle with Jennings will be his 27th heavyweight championship fight. In addition, this will be Klitschko’s first U.S. appearance in seven years since his first unification fight on February 23, 2008 against Sultan Ibragimov.

Klitschko has held the title since April 22, 2006 and has defended it 17 times, making him second to legendary Joe Louis as the longest reigning world champion in heavyweight history.

Ironically, many American fans might be clamoring for Klitschko to win because that might set up a future matchup with Klitschko against exciting young heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder.

By Staff of and news services

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