Wednesday, March 22, 2023  |



Wladimir Klitschko-Bryant Jennings media roundtable interviews

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RING heavyweight champ Wladimir Klitschko and unbeaten challenger Bryant Jennings recently sat down and answered questions from the sports media in New York City, where their HBO-televised showdown will take place (at Madison Square Garden).

Klitschko (63-3, 53 knockouts), who looks to make his 18th consecutive title defense against the hardnosed American, spoke about the new generation of heavyweight contenders (many of whom he’s sparred with), comparing himself to the all-time great heavyweights (something he wouldn’t think of doing), his brother’s political challenges in their native Ukraine, and his thoughts on the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Manny Pacquiao fight.

Jennings (19-0, 10 KOs), of Philadelphia, warned boxing fans not to overlook April 25 in their anticipation of May 2. “If they do, they will wish they were there,” said Jennings, who is confident that he can overcome Klitschko’s experience with his youth, speed, athleticism and intelligence.

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It wouldn’t have been a Klitschko media event without former champ Shannon Briggs crashing the proceedings and calling out the holder of THE RING, IBF, WBO and WBA titles. (Briggs is a native New Yorker, so you knew he’d show up — loud, proud and crazy — to Tuesday’s press conference.)

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