PHILLY BOXING HISTORY                                                                          January 15, 2014


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by John DiSanto


Heavyweight contender Bryant Jennings, 17-0, 9 KOs, held an open workout for the media today at the Joe Hand Boxing Gym in Philadelphia.  Jennings kept the blinders on and continued to prepare for his January 25th HBO debut, despite reports that his opponent, Artur Szpilka, continued to obtain the proper clearance to enter the United States.  Szpilka, 16-0, 12 KOs,  was denied entrance over the weekend. 

"I haven't even given it a thought," Jennings said when asked about the possibility that Szpilka may not be available to fight.  "We've kept our regular program.  I'm not nervous at all. I do care deeply (about Szpilka's status), but I just want to leave all that to the other side."   

Jennings gave interviews, posed for photos and went through a light workout with his trainer Fred Jenkins at the open media day. 

The fight is scheduled as the 10-round co-feature to the WBO 130-pound title fight between Mikey Garcia and Juan Carlos Burgos at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in ten days. 

It will be the first fight in seven months for Jennings. 

"I don't think I've ever been in this situation (uncertainty) before," Jennings said.  "But as Fred Jenkins always tells me, welcome to the fight game." 

Jennings, well known locally as a hard-working and promising prospect, is looking forward to the expanded exposure that comes with a nationally televised date on HBO.  He also knows that a win, on this his biggest stage thus far, could push him a step closer to a shot at the world heavyweight title. 

"The opportunity is great and it's definitely a step up," Jennings said.  "But I work hard; I have the heart of a lion, and I'm from Philly." 




John DiSanto - Philadelphia - January 15, 2014