Bryant Jennings was clearly disappointed in the way his first world title challenge was scored as the American lost out to four-belt champion Wladimir Klitschko at Madison Square Garden in New York on Saturday.
‘By By’ went down 118-109, 116-111 (twice) on the judges’ scorecards, despite veteran Klitschko being docked a point for persistent holding, and expressed his disgust after the verdict was read out in his post-fight interview with HBO.
“I think that the scorecards were way off,” said Jennings. “(The fight) probably could have gone either way.”
With the loss, Jennings dropped to 19-1 and will now have to rebuild as the 30 year-old just couldn’t figure out the conundrum that is Klitschko and struggled to meet the Ukrainian head on at any stage in the fight. At 6ft 3ins tall, Jennings could have done with a few more inches in height to cope with the dangers of Klitschko, something that could come from the next mandatory challenger – Tyson Fury, who is next up for an attempt at dethroning the heavyweight king.
Fury, who is three inches taller than Klitschko, vowed not to take a fight in the interim after beating Christian Hammer early this year and can now begin negotiations for what many believe will be ‘Dr. Steelhammer’s’ toughest test in some time.