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…