Wladimir Klitschko vs. Bryant Jennings

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Challenger rankings
As of December 2014
WBA 2
WBC 3
IBF 6
WBO 6
As of November 2014
WBA 2
WBC 3
IBF N/A
WBO 6
CompuBox Punchstats
Total Punches Klitschko Jennings
Landed 144 110
Thrown 545 376
Pct. 26% 29%
Jabs Klitschko Jennings
Landed 92 16
Thrown 383 91
Pct. 24% 18%
Power Punches Klitschko Jennings
Landed 52 94
Thrown 162 285
Pct. 32% 33%

Wladimir Klitschko 241 lbs beat Bryant Jennings 227 lbs by UD in round 12 of 12

  • Date: 2015-04-25
  • Location: Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA
  • Referee: Michael Griffin
  • Judge: Steve Weisfeld 116-111
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  • Judge: Max DeLuca 118-109
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  • Judge: Robin Taylor 116-111
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Notes

  • Officially announced on January 19.
  • This was Klitschko's first bout in the United States since the unification vs. Sultan Ibragimov in 2008.
  • At the time of the bout, Klitschko was 39 years old.
  • The fight averaged 1.637 million viewers on HBO, peaking at 1.742 million.[1]
  • According to Compubox Stats, Klitschko landed 144 of his 545 punches thrown (26%) whilst Jennings landed 110 of 376 (29%).[2]
  • Jennings became the 23rd opponent Klitschko has defeated for the World Heavyweight Championship. Klitschko broke the record held by Joe Louis for 67 years.
  • This also was Klitschko's 15th win in unified title bouts, breaking the record shared between Jose Napoles and Muhammad Ali.
  • Klitschko reportedly earned $12.5 million for the fight.

Bout summary

In the main event at Madison Square Garden, 'Dr. Steelhammer' Wladimir Klitschko defended his world heavyweight title with a 12 round unanimous decision over American challenger Bryant Jennings. In six years, Jennings took up the sport of boxing, won 19 consecutive bouts, and challenged for the world heavyweight title, an impressive accomplishment in such a short span of time for a newcomer to the sport. The bout itself was not Klitschko's best. The bout featured constant holding, with Klitschko leaning, pushing and wrestling Jennings whenever Jennings tried to get inside. Jennings wore earmuffs for most of the bout, standing in front of Klitschko too much and not moving enough, offering an available jab target. Klitschko fought with his left hand down for most of the bout, landing left and right jabs frequently and often. Jennings moved well enough, though, to keep Klitschko off balance and prevent him from throwing his power right hand. Referee Michael Griffin docked Klitschko a point in round ten for excessive holding. Vitali Klitschko was in his corner.


Klitschko noted after the bout he found himself pushing the shorter Jennings off but had no argument with the referee's point deduction. "It is what it is," noted Klitschko, "Jennings is a great athlete, a great challenger, and he came in confidently to win. I love to fight here! (in New York City) It is absolutely a great experience." Numerous Ukrainian American fans came out cheering for Klitschko at Madison Square Garden. Jennings, for his part, felt Klitschko was holding a lot, and stated the scorecards were well off. Jennings noted "It could have gone either way. I didn't agree with the wide margin (for Klitschko on the scorecards)." After the bout, Klitschko expressed disinterest in a potential rematch with Jennings. A commentator on BoxNation called the bout "rubbish" and turned British attention to a possible Klitschko versus Tyson Fury match. Wladimir Klitschko versus Jennings was overall a competitive bout. Scoring appeared neutral and fair. Klitschko did appear to be much bigger than Jennings in the ring. Neither fighter appeared hurt at bout's end. Klitschko had a small mouse under his left eye early, but it did not affect the outcome of the bout. Lennox Lewis and actor Bruce Willis were among celebrities at ringside.


Preceded by:
Klitschko vs. Pulev
WBA Heavyweight Title Fight
# 102
Succeeded by:
Wladimir Klitschko vs. Tyson Fury
Preceded by:
Klitschko vs. Pulev
IBF Heavyweight Title Fight
# 63
Succeeded by:
Wladimir Klitschko vs. Tyson Fury
Preceded by:
Klitschko vs. Pulev
WBO Heavyweight Title Fight
# 51
Succeeded by:
Wladimir Klitschko vs. Tyson Fury