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Bryant Jennings headlines hometown fight card
PHILADELPHIA, PA–(BASN)–Bryant Jennings finishes his amazing 2012 by fighting at home in his native Philadelphia, PA. Fighting on the grounds of Temple University’s Pearson/McGongle Hall on Saturday, December 8, Jennings (15-0, 7 KOs) puts his unbeaten record on the line against Bowie Tupou (22-2, 16 KOs) of Tonga. The fight is scheduled for 12 rounds and will headline NBC Sports Network’s “Fight Night” boxing series as the main event.
“This is an opportunity that I’ve been waiting for. Every fight I dream of, and the outcome is to have a win. I don’t care how it comes, knockout, unanimous decision, split decision. As long as I win.”
Jennings is down to do whatever to win as long as he wins. Jennings has taken every opportunity to emerge victorious behind a strong work ethic, an aggressive style, and simply pummeling the opposition. Amongst one of Jennings victories was a TKO stoppage of Sergui Liakhovich, a former WBO heavyweight titlist.
“Everybody knows me for my work ethic,” Jennings said. “I’m a heavyweight running ten miles, ten and a half miles, in less than an hour and a half. My work ethic speaks for itself. So you can tell that I want this.”
Jennings added: “I’m so happy to be fighting at McGonigle Hall. This is my backyard. The track is right out there. I’ve put in endless miles on that track. I’ve scuffed up my sneakers. I did a million pull-ups and dips on the bars out there. So this is definitely my backyard.”
The Pearson/McGonigle Halls is a 4,500-seat venue at Temple University located at 1800 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19121. Although the famed venue has hosted bother amateur and pro boxing cards, Jennings-Tupou will be the first professional fight card at Temple in almost two decades.
Also on the card is a 10-round junior lightweight fight featuring North Philly’s Teon Kennedy (17-2-2, 7 KOs) against undefeated Jerry Belmontes (17-0, 5 KOs) of Texas.
“Fast” Eddie leaps down to cruiserweight (and rightfully so)
“Fast” Eddie Chambers (36-3, 18 KOs) is a very talented fighter. Unfortunately, Chambers, despite having challenged Wladimir Klitschko for the world heavyweight championship in 2010, wasn’t a giant amongst heavyweights.
In a quest to become a world champion, Chambers has decided to move down to 200 pounds to compete as a cruiserweight. The move makes sense because, Chambers, fighting at 210 pounds, doesn’t have the power and pop in his punches to garner respect from larger sized heavyweights weighing 230, 240, and 250+ pounds.
“The cruiserweight division is better because I’ll be fighting guys my size,” Chambers said. “I may have had some advantages at heavyweight, but imagine me at cruiser, fighting against someone my own size.”
Chambers has held his own against heavyweights such as: Tomasz Adamek, Alexander Povetkin, Samuel Peter, and pushed Klitschko into the final 20 seconds of the twelfth round. However, it takes a lot to tackle a bigger fighter and Chambers doesn’t have the firepower.
“I want to be a world champion,” Chambers said. “That’s what you set out to do when you start boxing. That’s what I want to be, and I’ve worked my entire boxing career, and most of my life, at that. I want to achieve it. I see that title (belt) wrapped around my waist.”
Chambers has a better chance to become a world champion at cruiserweight. Fighting under the Kathy Duva, Main Events brand will certainly boost Chambers’ chances. Main Events is currently enjoying a successful run of airing fights on NBC Sports Network.
“I think it’s a great opportunity,” Chambers said. “Main Events puts on nothing but great fights. I’m just happy to be part of it. They really have confidence in my ability, and it led me to believe that these were the people for me.”
Duva believes, “I don’t think anyone in the cruiserweight division can beat Eddie Chambers, period. We are very happy that he has decided to work with us towards his goal of winning the cruiserweight title and I have no doubt in my mind that he will get there very soon.