Klitschko Wins UD12 in NYC;  Too Crafty, Strong For Jennings

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The man was too tall, too strong and too slick with the clinching in the main event at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night. Wladimir Klitschko's style isn't too fan friendly, and he risks getting punished by a ref, but he did what he had to do, given his limitations, to get the decision over athletic but undersized Bryant Jennings on Saturday night in NYC.

The cards read: 116-111, 116-111, 118-109. Still the champ, big Wlad…

The crowd was 17,056, and Wlad went 144-545, to 110-376 to Jennings.

Jennings said prior that someone was getting stopped but no, both men were capable defenders. The Philly fighter certainly didn't disgrace himself, and in doing better than many thought, and gaining experience, likely upped his stock.

Jennings never lost confidence and dealt with Klitschko's power exceedingly well; but he couldn't often enough get inside on Wlad and when he did, he got grabbed. His defense, his head movement, was better than what Wlad was used too, and maybe at 39, the Ukrainian's reflexes have dipped a tad.

Jennings, out of Philly, was 19-0 with 10 Kos entering, while Wlad was 63-3. BY was 226.8 while the Ukrainian hitter was 241.6.

Big bro Vitali, mayor of Kiev, made it to the arena.

In the first, Wlad kept his left arm out, to dictate distance. BY moved and looked to get inside, saw jabs, wanted to land a right. He moved laterally a bunch, maybe while he was getting time to think strategy.

In the second, we saw Wlad edge closer, be peppier with a shorter jab. BY moved, watched, assessed, ate a one-two.

In the third, Wlad clinched early. But he was stalking more, pressing, and BY slid right and left, and wasn’t throwing enough. He did and then Wlad grabbed. What could BY do to turn things his way? Wlad’s defense is real solid…

In the fourth, we saw Wlad grab right away. BY looked to bomb, ate a few, things started to heat up. Wlad started to open up even more. In the fifth, BY threw and Wlad parried and grabbed and pushed him back. His power edge, his muscle edge, was clear. A clipping left hook just missed from Wlad. BY barked at the champ, and had a decent round.

In the sixth, BY got cooking early. It’s hard to get close to Wlad but he was trying. BY had some confidence and he dodged two sharp right crosses. Not a bad effort so far from BY…

In round seven, the crowd dug BY’s rushes. He was seeing the power punches coming and feeling confident he could dodge them. But Wlad moves well for a big lad and his feet take him out of harms way.

In the eighth, Wlad got caught. But not too bad and he was OK to do his thing, dictate distance, clinch, sometimes get whacked in the belly. BY was again looking confident and pretty fresh. In the ninth, Wlad held and BY whacked rights to the body. A sharp right landed pretty clean for BY; then he got stung by a right.

In the tenth, we saw a point taken from Wlad. BY tried a chopping right, but got grabbed too often. The crowd wanted more points taken…In the 11th Wlad through one-twos, which BY shrugged off. Wlad stayed smart, wasn't going to go for the kill on the sturdily-chinned Philly man. In the 12th, BY looked to land but that target was hard to get a bead on. Jennings landed a couple cleans ones and it seemed like his fanbase grew as the night wore on. We went to the cards…

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-Shoulder Roll Defense :

The title of this article is very misleading as was the HBO commentary on this fight. Just like Canelo vs. Lara, this fight could have gone either way in my opinion. Jennings was the aggressor and landed very well to the body through out much of the fight. He also made Wlad's right hand look slower than molasses. Jennings had a little better than 50% KO rate going into the fight and it would have been very interesting if he was truly heavy handed. However, with that being said I thought he did enough to get the nod, but understand the concept that you have to take the belt from the champ. Wlad could have been penalized more and I am sold now that the fact he is champ says a lot about the state of the division and lack of talent rather than how great he is. Watch the fight again without the volume and the biased commentary and you might feel where I am coming from. According to Roy Jones's post fight analysis logic of this fight Canelo shouldn't have won a single round against Lara because most of his punches were body punches. The whole HBO team sounded idiotic and biased and the European broadcast (Box Nation) painted a different picture of this heavyweight fight. Wilder, Fury, and Charles Martin should be salivating after seeing Jennings take it to Klitschko.


-the Roast :

I don't think Jennings did enough to win by any means. Wlad controlled the fight with his advantage in size as he always does. Wlad didn't get that many punches home but he did more damage than Jennings did. A man like Wilder who is equal in size with Wlad and throws with more power than Jennings could be able to get the job done based on looking at this fight. Wilder can put punches together if he has the conviction to stick to that plan. Jennings goes back to the drawing board. He showed some skill but did not let his hands go enough to take it.


-brownsugar :

I was shocked to see the rookie do as well as he did. Klitschko's only advantage was his size. He should have been able to walk Jennings down but the result was never in doubt... WK won the fight..... People are saying Banks gave WK the wrong advice, others say WK is getting old...but I never expected Jennings to last even 6 rounds much less be somewhat competitive for 12 rounds. The novice did good ...much better than expected... Jennings can hold his head high for having a decent strategy... And get a well deserved break from my Bruce Jenner analogies


-DaveB :

I give the nod to Klitschko. It was interesting to see a ref that actually warned him about excessive clinching. Not enough points deducted but still I was happy to see something like this finally happen. He may reconsider fighting here again based on that happening. It never happened in Germany and probably never will. Jennings gave a great account of himself based on his size and how well Klitschko does what he does, which is keep distance among many other things plus the fact that Jennings has only been in the game for six years. I can't wait to see Wilder or Fury get their shots. I'm really itching to see what a taller man than him can do. I'm really proud of Jennings, a Philly boy. I will admit I was getting a little afraid for him because he wasn't moving his rock side to side for the last four rounds or so and I didn't want to see him get knocked out. He can take one hell of a punch.


-the Roast :

I was shocked to see the rookie do as well as he did. Klitschko's only advantage was his size. He should have been able to walk Jennings down but the result was never in doubt... WK won the fight..... People are saying Banks gave WK the wrong advice, others say WK is getting old...but I never expected Jennings to last even 6 rounds much less be somewhat competitive for 12 rounds. The novice did good ...much better than expected... Jennings can hold his head high for having a decent strategy... And get a well deserved break from my Bruce Jenner analogies
Jennings proved himself durable if nothing else. I thought he would have been worn down and stopped by the 10th. Jennings was surprisingly unmarked by the end of the fight. He will be back. I thought he fought like a poor man's version of Micheal Spinks rather than Leon as RJJ stated. Wlad did not throw the right hand over the top or the left hook after his jab. Curious strategy from both fighters. Less posing and more punching would have carried the night.


-Radam G :

The title of this article is very misleading as was the HBO commentary on this fight. Just like Canelo vs. Lara, this fight could have gone either way in my opinion. Jennings was the aggressor and landed very well to the body through out much of the fight. He also made Wlad's right hand look slower than molasses. Jennings had a little better than 50% KO rate going into the fight and it would have been very interesting if he was truly heavy handed. However, with that being said I thought he did enough to get the nod, but understand the concept that you have to take the belt from the champ. Wlad could have been penalized more and I am sold now that the fact he is champ says a lot about the state of the division and lack of talent rather than how great he is. Watch the fight again without the volume and the biased commentary and you might feel where I am coming from. According to Roy Jones's post fight analysis logic of this fight Canelo shouldn't have won a single round against Lara because most of his punches were body punches. The whole HBO team sounded idiotic and biased and the European broadcast (Box Nation) painted a different picture of this heavyweight fight. Wilder, Fury, and Charles Martin should be salivating after seeing Jennings take it to Klitschko.
Wow! You were definitely looking instead seeing. "By-By Jennings got clearly edged. Ten-1-1 is the way I saw it. If it were not for a meddling referee, Doktor "Iron Fist" would set that sucka up with a clinch and kayoed him. The referee did far too much listening to Jennings's cornermen. Holding in the pros is when you don't release your grif within two seconds after the referee says break. And if he does not say step back you can continue back to doing damage, i.e,. Mayweather-Ortiz. In five days and a wake up, Money May is going to be bytch holding and bytch hugging Da Manny. But that is okay. Da Manny got a big bytch surprise for da bytch hugging, bytch head butting and bytch holding THAT Lil Floyd has in P-O-A. Holla!


-King Beef :

I was shocked to see the rookie do as well as he did. Klitschko's only advantage was his size. He should have been able to walk Jennings down but the result was never in doubt... WK won the fight..... People are saying Banks gave WK the wrong advice, others say WK is getting old...but I never expected Jennings to last even 6 rounds much less be somewhat competitive for 12 rounds. The novice did good ...much better than expected... Jennings can hold his head high for having a decent strategy... And get a well deserved break from my Bruce Jenner analogies
I was too BSug, I would have never thought Jennings would have made it to the final bell. Granted he did not win the fight, but he did much better than I thought he would. It was interesting to see how the fight shifted alittle when the clinch was taken away from WK. Aslo that right hand was M.I.A until the last couple of rounds.


-kidcanvas :

it was a decent fight thanks to jennings. Vladimir holds way to much ,more than Ali did. im glad the ref got on him. he had to fight and thats what won him the fight. if he didnt get warned god knows he could of lost his title


-oubobcat :

The title of this article is very misleading as was the HBO commentary on this fight. Just like Canelo vs. Lara, this fight could have gone either way in my opinion. Jennings was the aggressor and landed very well to the body through out much of the fight. He also made Wlad's right hand look slower than molasses. Jennings had a little better than 50% KO rate going into the fight and it would have been very interesting if he was truly heavy handed. However, with that being said I thought he did enough to get the nod, but understand the concept that you have to take the belt from the champ. Wlad could have been penalized more and I am sold now that the fact he is champ says a lot about the state of the division and lack of talent rather than how great he is. Watch the fight again without the volume and the biased commentary and you might feel where I am coming from. According to Roy Jones's post fight analysis logic of this fight Canelo shouldn't have won a single round against Lara because most of his punches were body punches. The whole HBO team sounded idiotic and biased and the European broadcast (Box Nation) painted a different picture of this heavyweight fight. Wilder, Fury, and Charles Martin should be salivating after seeing Jennings take it to Klitschko.
I like the Canelo-Lara comparison. I do agree this fight was closer than a lot people had it. Though I do think Wlad won, it was closer in my opinion than the official scorecards. One of the complexities with scoring this fight that is very comparable to Canelo-Lara is that the majority of the power punches landed by Jennings were to Klitschko's body. There are some out there who give more credit to body punches than others. I thought Jennings scored effectively enough in some rounds just to the body to carry those rounds. Those punches when landed clean count and I think a little more credit should have been given to Jennings on the scorecards. That said, make no mistake Klitschko won. But Jennings accounted very well for himself. I can see Jennings getting a lot better having been in the ring for 12 rounds with Klitschko. Remember, Jennings had virtually no amateur experience and has only fought for 6 years. To compete the way he did with Klitschko really having only been in a ring 19 times previous and such little ring experience speaks volumes to the athletic ability that Jennings possesses. He is a young 30 in this sport and has a very bright future. The lessons he learned from this fight are invaluable and we will see plenty more of him in the future in this division. As for a rematch, not right away but maybe down the line. I'd like to see Klitschko face Fury which sounds like it will happen this fall. And Jennings continue to get seasoning and maybe face someone like Carlos Takam or Glazkov. It may not be a bad idea in fact to throw that as a co-feature on the Klitschko-Fury card.


-mortcola :

I?ve always been a WK supported, as this forum knows. But he has annoying and limiting habits. First, there is no shame in a champ having an off night or having stylistic fits with a particular opponent. Holmes had trouble with Snipes and Witherspoon, purely based on the opponent?s rhythm, for example. But WK is a front-runner, and didn?t open up in an attempt to dominate until late in the fight. Banks DID give him bad advice, as he needed to let his hands fly along with the smart boxing - he was just tapping at BJ in an attempt to put a little leather on him, but hi shots were tentative and lacked snap. He?s not happy unless he?s freezing his opponent like a cobra with that jab, or literally immobilizing him with clinches - though I agree with Radam that certain types of clinches are legit. WK COULD have stopped the Jennings confidence and momentum with some hard crosses to the sternum and hooks to the shoulders or ribs, shake him up and take his wind, not to mention bring the hands down for the crushing right - but he didn?t do anything except try to tap through the guard and collect points - which he did pretty well. But there was no urgent attempt to SHUT THIS UPSTART DOWN like a great champ should have. Just safe point-collecting tactics - and it made Jennings look better than he is (yes, he?s amazing for his lack of experience and good fighting instincts), but he still could have been broken down. He was no Sweet Pea Whitaker in there, flummoxing his opponent. Frustrated fan today.


-Domenic :

Definitely not a FOTY candidate, or one for the annals for Klitschko's legacy. As Mortcola said, he looked tentative and and his punches had very little snap. He did land some very short range, clubbing right hands that have floored many others, but they were too few and far between. And Jennings, to his credit, was unfazed by those that did connect. The commentary team even speculated, and MK later asked him, if he hurt his right hand. There was almost evidence of the WK of old, where he was just so afraid of letting his hands go, lest he open himself up to being caught, and KO'd. When things were chaotic in there, it looked like Jennings might land a Hail Mary. All things considered, he can walk proudly in defeat today, and he'll get another shot. I also think this fight will give Fury backers some confidence. TF is big, strong, determined, and hungry, and if indeed that one gets made next, I think he's got a legitimate chance. Right now I'm leaning toward a Fury upset. We'll see.


-SouthPawFlo :

I think Wladamir won the fight but I feel that the scores shoulda been a tad closer... As I continue to watch the fight I'm amazed that he continues to win with such a limited offense, if it's not a 1-2 he simply doesn't have much else to offer and he's deathly afraid to fight on the inside...


-ericfarrell85 :

So, the natural follow up: who thinks Wilder, a ringside spectator last night, pushes for this fight? It was revealed last night that Wilder was a sparring partner for Klitschko. I would be surprised if last nights performance changes in any material way his impression of Klitschko. I also think the ref played an enormous role in last nights fight. Too great a role if you ask me and along with other things flummoxed Klitschko, to the point that he couldn't find his rhythm at all.


-deepwater2 :

I wanted to just keep quiet and shut up about Klit. I fell asleep in the 4th round last night. A good jab wins a fight, but a good jab and right hand finishes the fight. Klit did great against Pulev. He did ok against Jennings . He could of closed the show but he didn't. He looked old. Fury has a great chance to best Klit. All my money will be on fury. Klit has a young wife and kid plus millions in the bank. Fury is ready to take over then fight Wilder for supremacy. It's the natural order. Thanks Dominic for the derby picks. I'm going hungry for the next few days and I hope Dino takes me for dinner on Friday. Good luck gents.


-The Good Doctor :

As the resident contrarian of this site, let me take my rightful place again. I really didn't have a problem with Wlad's performance. He did what it took to win and won handily in my opinion. Wlad did pretty much what he does in every fight, work the heck out of his jab, try to land a big shot here and there and tie up if you get close. I have read here and alot of other sites that said Wlad should have opened up more and let his hands go more. Maybe but my question would be with what and when? When you have shoulders the size of bowling balls and gorilla length arms, uppercuts, and hooks are out of the question as they just leave you too open which is why he hardly ever throws them. If Jennings got in, he tied him up which he should. Jennings also worked in and out alot so the opportunities were not there to throw a ton more punches. In addition, let us not forget, that the last time Wlad faced an athletic heavyweight that also possessed something remotely near having hand speed and footwork was almost 4 years ago in Haye. Jennings was a departure from what the Heavyweight division often offers and appeared to catch him a little off guard.


-gibola :

First Kellerman asks about a rematch of a one-sided beatdown (Kovalev-Pascal), then he asks a champion if he would take a rematch of a dull, one-sided 12 rounder (Wlad-Jennings). I know Al Haymen's got you all running scared Max but just cos it's on HBO doesn't make it a great or even a competitive fight. Be honest about what you've seen Max, even if it's on your channel. Props to Jennings for a gutsy effort but it wasn't a close fight. Also a ref warned Dirrell about excessive holding and threatened to take points early on Friday night and suddenly Badou Jack was dominating. Not being able to hold forced Dirrell to fight inside. The Dirrells hold, Ward holds, Wlad holds. If Wlad ever gets beat it will be a combination of a big, fast, strong guy who can worry him and a ref bold enough to stop the holding and pushing and eventually DQ Wlad. Check the odds on Wlad getting DQ'd against Fury if it happens. It's not just the holding, the extended left arm pulls people off balance round the neck when they advance. He did it to Jennings fairly often, he did it to Haye a million times with Haye often ending up on the floor. All fouls, he's never penalised for. Finally, Wlad looked poor Saturday night - there is hope for Fury and Wilder on that showing.


-mortcola :

Fury is very big. But he?s a clumsy doofus (rocked himself with his own uppercut once, 2-1 he has a glass chin), and he?s never looked good against anyone who wan?t MUCH shorter than him. Size be damned, he is an easy fight for Wlad. And I?m still bummed by how tentative WK looked the other night.


-deepwater2 :

Fury did uppercut himself but that was along time ago. Fury was knocked down once and got right back up and overwhelmed Cunningham. Klit was knocked down countless times against the limited Sam Peter,Golfer Corrie Sanders and Lil L Brewster. Fury holds a height advantage over Klit, is versatile because he switched from righty to southpaw and will be fresher of the two. Klit is great at what he does: jab,right hand ,clinch. That is very predictable. Fury will not be easily clinched and being the bigger man will not bend down light Haye,By By and many others. Fury will not find his head under Klit's armpit. Fury is Klit's mandatory and biggest threat right now. Wilder is not ready for these two. He needs to fight Briggs and a top 10 guy and then he might be seasoned enough to get the winner of Klit/Fury.


-Radam G :

Fury did uppercut himself but that was along time ago. Fury was knocked down once and got right back up and overwhelmed Cunningham. Klit was knocked down countless times against the limited Sam Peter,Golfer Corrie Sanders and Lil L Brewster. Fury holds a height advantage over Klit, is versatile because he switched from righty to southpaw and will be fresher of the two. Klit is great at what he does: jab,right hand ,clinch. That is very predictable. Fury will not be easily clinched and being the bigger man will not bend down light Haye,By By and many others. Fury will not find his head under Klit's armpit. Fury is Klit's mandatory and biggest threat right now. Wilder is not ready for these two. He needs to fight Briggs and a top 10 guy and then he might be seasoned enough to get the winner of Klit/Fury.
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-DaveB :

I agree in that I think Fury has the better chin. He was knocked down by Cunningham and Pajkik both shorter, faster guys who were swinging for the fences and caught him. But he didn't get up on wobbly legs and commenced to whipping that a$$. Unlike Klitschko who fights scared Fury comes right at you to take you out. Now of course if he gets rocked badly he would have to control that tendency. But I think if it comes down to a battle of chins Fury wins that one. Btw, I thought that was what Haye was going to do when they fought - use his fast feet for lateral movement, move in and out and create distance on his own terms and for David to use his explosive punching power before Klitschko could smother him with clinches to stop his work. It wasn't to be. Jennings did a better job. Time to see how Klitschko does with height.


-mortcola :

I agree in that I think Fury has the better chin. He was knocked down by Cunningham and Pajkik both shorter, faster guys who were swinging for the fences and caught him. But he didn't get up on wobbly legs and commenced to whipping that a$$. Unlike Klitschko who fights scared Fury comes right at you to take you out. Now of course if he gets rocked badly he would have to control that tendency. But I think if it comes down to a battle of chins Fury wins that one. Btw, I thought that was what Haye was going to do when they fought - use his fast feet for lateral movement, move in and out and create distance on his own terms and for David to use his explosive punching power before Klitschko could smother him with clinches to stop his work. It wasn't to be. Jennings did a better job. Time to see how Klitschko does with height.
Well, WK hasn’t wobbled in a decade or more. And, as for the jab-right-clinch, don’t forget that the guy can hook off the jab quickly, throw series of hooks with KO power, and will pull out the uppercut when he has the opponent hurt. As for height, Mariusz Wach is 6”8”, was roided up to the max, and came at WK full fury, and WK both boxed and slugged him to a one-sided win. Early career, WK was a moving combo puncher, until Steward simplified his whole game.Wach is a puncher, nailed WK with an overhand bomb that Wlad turned off of and neatly countered without losing his composure at all. Tony Thompson was 6’6” and a lefty. I don’t think WK is the same fighter everyone remembers - that was anxiety and pacing, not chin problems. Remember, too - Corrie Sanders had freak power and southpaw speed, even really wobbled Vitali, who was never hurt in any other fight - even Lennox couldn’t dent his chin, just his eyelid. Sanders just didn’t train enough -he was a great waste of real gifts. I see the Fury fight being a one-sided lesson with Fury getting lumberjacked easily. It was Jennings movement, high guard, and WK having an uninspired off-night that explains the other night’s performance. Chris Byrd was much better than Jennings at that style, and WK had him nailed. Dude has steamrolled everyone for years, in his boring way for many years now. Unless he just got old, it will happen again a few more times before its farewell time.


-brownsugar :

Athletes get paid to be at their best every night.. But anyone can have a bad night or an outstanding night on any given night..... Like Kellerman says ... "Get er done and look good in the next one"(or something like that). WK said recently that he's got plenty of fight left in him and he will most likely still be the top man when he's 40. I guess WK enjoys sitting on his throne and refuses to relinquish his title until someone yanks it from his cold numb unconscious fingers. For a guy that used to have problems with getting hit.. He sure loves the fight game.


-gibola :

Hi all - don't sleep on Fury or judge him on the Cunningham fight. Since that inglorious night (in which he was dreadful) he's been incredibly disciplined, much better conditioned, he's barely taken a punch and barely lost a round. I don't know if he'll beat Wlad but he's improving every time out and I think he'll prove Wlad's livest opponent for a long time. He takes few risks these days and he's finally using his physical gifts. At the very least he'll present a different challenge for Wlad. Early rumours that Fury is next so we may find out in the autumn.


-Domenic :

Hi all - don't sleep on Fury or judge him on the Cunningham fight. Since that inglorious night (in which he was dreadful) he's been incredibly disciplined, much better conditioned, he's barely taken a punch and barely lost a round. I don't know if he'll beat Wlad but he's improving every time out and I think he'll prove Wlad's livest opponent for a long time. He takes few risks these days and he's finally using his physical gifts. At the very least he'll present a different challenge for Wlad. Early rumours that Fury is next so we may find out in the autumn.
I agree, and Klitschko - Fury is all but certain, a fait accompli. He's the mandatory, wants it, and WK ducks no one. Should be September. Deepwater spelled out the case nicely for Fury earlier in this article. He's not a guy that'll find himself under Klit's armpit, has a size advantage, and is an offensive-minded fighter. Yes, he's been knocked down by non-Shavers punchers, but got up and wasn't at all rubbery. He's a guy in his prime and is the prototypical foil to Klit, at least in my opinion. I don't see it going the distance, irrespective of who wins. I envision a fast-paced barnburner that's over within 5 or 6 rounds. I'm eager for this one, big-time.


-mortcola :

OK. I’m trusting my TSS boys that I’m underestimated Fury. Can’t wait to see.


-DaveB :

Thanks for letting me know about the Wach fight. I will have to watch that one. It should be interesting. The Fury fight should be a good one. Fury is one funny dude, in the very least. The guy has me rolling.