He surpassed the expectations of many, but not himself, when he fought many minutes against Wladimir Klitschko on even terms.
But even terms are not what Bryant Jennings is after…so the Philly boxer is tweaking his game, the learning side.
He’s in Florida as you read this, working alongside ace tutor John David Jackson, who has emerged as one of the top small handful of trainers in the boxing sphere the last couple years.
The 19-1 heavyweight told me he did a workout last month with JDJ, who helms Sergey Kovalev, the terminator type who is now on pound for pound lists, as a two-fisted technician who mixes patient predation with a sincere desire to removes a foes head from his shoulders. “It’s a great addition,” the 30-year-old Jennings told me. The two have meshed, he reports, and we can expect the same basic Jennings, but perhaps one with a bit more of an offensive mindset, someone who imposes his will and strength on an opponent for more minutes in a round.
Jennings has been getting in some R n R, taking his son, age six, to Disney, but has his eyes on prizes down the line. One of those won’t be the burly Cuban Luis Ortiz; an undercard slot on the Gennady Golovkin-David Lemiuex-topped MSG event was offered to Jennings but he told me no thanks.
He made bank versus Klitschko, and the check would be undersized, comparatively very much so, for an Ortiz fight. Ortiz (22-0 lefty, age 36), coming off a suspension for a PED positive, not yet a name in the division..thanks, but no thanks, is Jennings’ take. He will continue to soak up the JDJ knowledge, while paying respect to trainer Fred Jenkins, who got him into the dance. “John David is just giving me a different perspective,” BY said.
We saw Chris Algieri respond quite favorably to an infusion of learning with JDJ; it will be interesting to see if Jennings, who started fighting just six plus years ago, can make similar strides.