Perez and Jennings in NY State of Mind

BY The Sweet Science ON July 22, 2014
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WBC HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE ELIMINATOR; BRYANT JENNINGS VS. MIKE PEREZ

HEAVYWEIGHTS HITS EMPIRE STATE BUILDING

New York City (July 22, 2014) Undefeated heavyweights BRYANT “By By” JENNINGS and MIKE “The Rebel” PEREZ stopped traffic today at they headed to the world-famous Empire State Building for a media photo opportunity on the 86th Floor Observation Deck. With a huge crowd of onlookers and supporters watching their every step, the fighters posed for photos and signed autographs for the well-wishers.

Co-featured on the“G4” professional boxing event set for Saturday, July 26th at The Mecca of Boxing, Madison Square Garden will be the WBC World Heavyweight Title Eliminator between undefeated and top rated heavyweights BRYANT “By By” JENNINGS, 18-0-0(10KO’s), of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and MIKE “The Rebel” PEREZ, 20-0-1(12KO’s) of Cork, Ireland and LIVE on HBO WorldChampionship Boxing ® beginning at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT.

The winner of JENNINGS VS. PEREZ will become the mandatory challenger to WBC Heavyweight Champion BERMANE STIVERNE.

Headlining “G4” is Boxing’s fastest rising star, WBA/IBO Middleweight World Champion GENNADY “GGG” GOLOVKIN who will defend his titles against two-time world champion DANIEL “The Real Deale” GEALE.

“Road to Golovkin/Geale” replays on HBO include: July 22 (12:00 p.m. & 2:55 a.m.), 25 (5:30 p.m. & 1:00 a.m.), and 26 (8:45 a.m.). All times are ET/PT.

Golovkin currently has sixteen knockouts in a row and the highest knockout ratio (89%) among all active champions. Additionally, with his extraordinary growth in viewership on HBO, Golovkin has become a must-see attraction in the international sporting world.

In 2013, Golovkin, 29-0-0 (26KO’s) scored four knockouts, three of which were telecast on HBO to outstanding viewership earning him plaudits for both Fighter of the Year and Knockout of the Year among many media members.

Previously holder of the (‘IBF’) International Boxing Federation Middleweight Title and WBA “Super” Middleweight Title, Geale brings a distinguished record of 30-2-0 (16KO’s) into the world title challenge with Golovkin. Geale is currently ranked # 3 by the World Boxing Association.

JENNINGS VS. PEREZ is presented by K2 Promotions and Gary Shaw Productions in association with Antonio Leonard Promotions.

GOLOVKIN VS. GEALE is presented by K2 Promotions, GGG Promotions in association with Gary Shaw Productions and Grange Old School Boxing.

Advance tickets priced at $500, $300, $200, $100, $50 and $25 are available at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (866-858-0008) and online at www.ticketmaster.com and www.thegarden.com

For fight updates on JENNINGS VS. PEREZ via Social Media, follow HBO Boxing on Twitter at @HBOBoxing and Facebook at /HBOBoxing, Bryant Jennings on Twitter at @BYJennings, Tom Loeffler/K2 Promotions at @TomLoeffler1 and Gary Shaw Productions at @GaryShawBoxing. Use the hashtag #JenningsPerez to join the conversation on Twitter.

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The Commish says:

With the Fury-Chisora fight off because of Chisora breakng a hand in sparring, the Bryant Jennings-Mike Perez fight becomes the heavyweight matchup of the month.

If Mike Perez returns to his pre-Mago Abdusalamov form, this fight can go either way. If he fights the way he did against Carlos Takam earlier this year, Jennings will win.

The question on Saturday night will be "Which Mike Perez will show up?"

-Randy G.

oubobcat says:

I like Jennings in this one.

One factor to look at are the recent fights of Jennings and Perez. Jennings has been in with solid pros and come away with pretty impressive wins. He also did not take a lot of punishment in those fights. Perez took a lot of punches in his most recent fights. I am not saying Perez is shopworn but those fights had to take something out of him. We don't know how much exactly and won't know until he steps in the ring Saturday.

I also think Jennings is improving as a fighter each time out. He was a late starter to the sport but is athletic and honing his skills with each outing. He last fight in January was against his toughest opponent to date and also his best performance to date. I expect to see continued strides from Jennings in this fight.

Its going to be a solid heavyweight fight. I think Jennings is going to ultimately prevail and set himself up for bigger things in the heavyweight division.

deepwater2 says:

I have no pick in this fight. I've seen both fight live in NY. I was really impressed each time. Perez vs Magomed was a brutal tough fight where Perez came out on top. Jennings surprised me big time with his win over Szpilka. This card should be exciting from top to bottom.

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