Wladimir Klitschko is set to defend his clutch of world titles against American challenger Bryant Jennings in the champions’ first bout on US soil for some seven years.
The 38 year-old will hand Jennings home advantage when putting his WBO, IBF, IBO and WBA ‘super’ titles on the line at the world famous Madison Square Garden in New York City on April 25.
Manager Bernd Boente has confirmed that a deal for the fight is almost complete as Klitschko makes the 17th straight defense of his world crown opposite the undefeated Philadelphian. ‘By By’ Jennings has won all 19 of his contests scoring ten knockouts and boasts stoppage wins over Siarhei Liakhovich and Artur Szpilka.
“We have reached an agreement, even if not all the contracts have yet been signed,” Boente told Sky Sports.
“We have accommodated a few small things, but we have stuck to those which are important to us.”
Jennings, 30, won the right to face Klitschko by inflicting a first defeat on talented Cuban Mike Perez last July at the same venue, but will go into the clash as a huge underdog to displace the Ukrainian from his lofty perch at the top of the sport.
Despite his advancing years, Klitschko was at his most devastating in his latest bout against Kubrat Pulev as he totally wiped out the Bulgarian in Germany to put the first blemish on the 33 year-old’s perfect record.
Klitschko has decided that the time is right to return to the US following his 2008 victory over Sultan Ibragimov as Stateside network HBO continue to invest in ‘Dr. Steelhammer’ as a future mega-fight with new WBC title holder Deontay Wilder looms on the horizon.