Wladimir Klitschko successfully defended his WBA/WBO/IBF/IBO World Heavyweight Championship for the 18th time with a unanimous-decision win over Bryant Jennings on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden in New York City. This was Klitschko’s first fight in the United States since 2008 but he showed glimpses of real quality for his American fans as he won by scores of 116-111, 116-111 and 118-109. The Ukrainian was not as dominant as he has been in recent years but it was more than enough to get the job done in convincing fashion.
Jennings (19-1, 10 KO) looked like a formidable opponent on paper but he didn’t seem to have much in the way of a game plan. The champion connected on 144 of 545 total punches during the fight mostly using his left jab as his weapon of choice. The American just was not active enough to snag a decision verdict over the reigning champion as he only managed to connect on 110 out of 376 total punches during the fight.
Jennings did hold a 94-52 edge in power connects, but Klitschko averaged more thrown jabs per round than the challenger did total punches and that was the difference. Jennings will definitely watch this tape filled with regret as his aggression was below the level required to beat Dr Steelhammer. The defending champion showed some signs of his age tonight but still remains the man to beat and at this moment that does not look like changing anytime soon.