Valuev: Jennings no rival for Klitschko, won’t last five rounds

Former world heavyweight champion Nikolai Valuev has given a stark prediction for this weekend’s clash between ex- divisional rival Wladimir Klitschko and American Bryant Jennings taking place in New York City.

Valuev, who retired in 2009 following a loss to David Haye, never faced Klitschko the ring, but the 41 year-old is convinced the four-belt champion will make easy work of Jennings, despite the 30 year-old challenger being undefeated.

“On April 25, Wladimir Klitschko will fight Bryant Jennings and I have a feeling that they should not even be rivals,” Valuev said in his prediction to

“Because of this, I will be very surprised if the fight lasts more than five rounds. Naturally Klitschko will win, but nothing about this fight is interesting in terms of boxing. This fight represents a nothing fight because Jennings will not be able to be the least competition to Wladimir.”

The 41 year-old wasn’t holding back on his verdict for the clash at Madison Square Garden as Jennings aims to become the first fighter to beat Klitschko since Lamont Brewster knocked him out way back in April 2004.

Jennings defeated talented Cuban Mike Perez to book his place in the opposite corner this weekend, although is a massive underdog to stop Klitschko recording a 64th career win.