Another heavyweight eliminator has been set by the World Boxing Council as Bryant Jennings and Mike Perez prepare to do battle for the right to face the winner of the Bermane Stiverne v Deontay Wilder title bout currently in the works.
Jennings v Perez takes place on the undercard of Gennady Golovkin v Daniel Geale on July 26 in New York and Wilder’s trainer Jay Deas has given his thoughts to WBN on the fight.
Both fighters put their unblemished records on the line at Madison Square Garden and Deas was decidedly cautious when leaning towards either of the talented punchers in his assessment on the upcoming encounter.
“Deontay went to Ireland a couple of years ago and sparred Perez and they did good work together,” indicated Deas.
“On the other hand, Jennings is smart and knows when to press his advantage and when to bide his time. I expect both will be in great shape and hopefully the Perez injury that postponed the contest initially doesn’t become a factor.
“There are also the mental aspects for Perez after the Mago fight, but I hope he is back to his best after looking affected in his last fight.
“I think Jennings has the advantage going in due to those two factors, but perez is a tough capable southpaw and knows what is on the line. They both have solid teams behind them and it is a great fans fight. Don’t be surprised if it takes a few rounds to warm up as this fight will have adjustments made on both sides throughout.
“The corners will be important in this one and I am looking forward to it. I am not going to pick a winner, nor do I see one as being a better fight for Deontay, as they both bring different things to the table and for me right now the only focus is Stiverne.”
Deas’ charge has put together one of most standout C.V’s in boxing today after stopping all 31 of his opponents within four rounds, although the coach was reluctant to state which of the mandatory challengers he would prefer Wilder to oppose should he overcome Stiverne.
“We will deal with the winner of this fight just as they will deal with us all in good time. I am sure they are focused on each other and we are focused on Stiverne as it should be.
“I’ve said many times that only a fool looks past that which is in front of him and we will not make that mistake,” he added.
Stiverne and Wilder are in tenative talks as they bid to put together the WBC championship fight, with Deas stating previously that his fighter is already in training for his first world title challenge.
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