NEW YORK - December 4, 2012 - Undefeated heavyweight Bryant Jennings (15-0, 7 KO's) will be featured in Fight Night 36: Bryant Jennings, premiering Thursday, December 6 at 10:00 p.m. ET on the NBC Sports Network.
The half hour special chronicles 36-hours in the life of the North Philadelphia boxer, as he prepares to face Bowie Tupou (22-2, 16 KO's) in a voluntary defense of his USBA Heavyweight Title. The show tracks Jennings from the apartment he shares with his grandmother, to his sunrise training session, to his day job at the Federal Reserve Bank.
During the episode, NBC Sports Network cameras travel with Jennings for a grueling workout at the no-frills ABC Gym. In addition, the crew follows Jennings as he spends time with his son Mason, and takes an emotional trip to the bullet-strewn Philadelphia neighborhood from which Jennings emerged.
Fight Night 36: Bryant Jennings includes commentary from veteran trainer Fred Jenkins, and Philadelphia legend Marvin "Machine Gun" Garris. The show also captures Jennings, as he reflects on his upcoming opponent and the unique journey that got Jennings this point in his career.
"Compelling, story-driven programming is a staple of our network and the 36 Series." said Jon Miller, President, Programming, NBC Sports and NBC Sports Network. "Bryant Jennings' talent and his incredible story make for a very captivating Fight Night 36 special."
"Bryant Jennings is the first real star to be developed entirely on NBC Sports Network's Fight Night series," said Kathy Duva, Main Events CEO. "He appeared in the main event, on our first broadcast in January, and he will close the year for us on Saturday. Jennings has stepped up time after time and used the series as a platform from which to launch his career. So it is a natural progression that he should now get the chance to tell us more about his very interesting story on Fight Night 36."
Jennings Fight Night match with Tupou will air Saturday, December 8 at 10 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network. Kenny Rice will serve as the play-by-play commentator for the telecast, and will be joined by Hall-of-Fame boxing trainer Freddie Roach and cruiserweight contender B.J. Flores. Chris Mannix will serve as the ringside reporter.
Following are re-airs of Fight Night 36: Bryant Jennings: Dec., 7 at 12:30 a.m., Dec., 8 at 4:30 p.m., Dec., 9 at 4 p.m., Dec., 13 at 8:30 p.m., and Dec., 25 at 1:30 a.m. All times are ET.
Preview video: http://www.p3entertainment.com/FN36Jennings/
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ABOUT DECEMBER 8TH
Pearson/McGonigle Halls, a 4,500-seat venue at Temple University located at 1800 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19121. It has hosted both professional and amateur boxing in the past, but when NBC Sports Network broadcasts the sixth installment of its Fight Night series on Dec. 8, it will be the first professional boxing event held at Pearson/McGonigle Halls in over 19 years.
Nine bouts are planned for the Philadelphia card. The fight is promoted by Main Events, Peltz Boxing, and Goossen Tutor Promotions in association with BAM Boxing. Tickets priced at $35, $50 and $75 can be purchased by calling Peltz Boxing at 215-765-0922 or going online at www.peltzboxing.com.Tickets also are on sale at www.comcastTIX.com.
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