Bryant Jennings Stops Alexander Dimitrenko in Atlantic City
By Hector Franco | Senior Writer and Editor
Published: August 19, 2018
ATLANTIC CITY, NEW JERSEY – At the Ocean Resort Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey Bryant Jennings (24-2, 14 KOs) scored an impressive ninth-round stoppage in an exciting heavyweight bout against Russian Alexander Dimitrenko (41-4, 26 KOs).
In the first three rounds, Dimitrenko looked out of place and awkward as he was always out of position to throw punches or off balance. Jennings was utilizing his jab and his ability to get on the inside by throwing well-timed hooks to gain a clear advantage over the Russian.
The heavyweight division is not the division one will look to for the most technical boxing the sport has to offer, but the division will always be known for its punchers.
In the fourth round, Dimitenko landed a right hand behind Jennings ear that put the Philadelphia fighter down. Jennings was not visibly hurt and able to push Dimitrenko back for the rest of the round. The remainder of the bout played out in a pattern of Jennings walking down Dimitrenko and landing left hooks and uppercuts on the inside. Anytime the fight was on the inside, Dimitrenko would attempt to hold Jennings at times to no avail.
In the eighth round, Jennings was able to drop Dimitrenko twice leaving him on wobbly legs. Before the fight, Dimitrenko had a reputation of quitting in fights when things did not go his way. This reputation did not help Dimitrenko as in the ninth round he was dropped by an uppercut on the inside, and the referee immediately waved off the fight. Dimitrenko did not appear to be dangerously hurt by the punch leaving many to call the referee’s decision to stop the fight premature. The fight was stopped at the 1:56 mark of the ninth round.
The victory over Dimitrenko marked Jennings’ fifth straight win with four stoppages since losing to Luis Ortiz at the end of 2015. The Philadelphia fighter is ready to take on some of the top fighters in the division. There are plenty of fights that Jennings could be a part of that would make for significant and exciting fights at Heavyweight. Fights with pugilists such as Jarrell Miller and Dillian Whyte have the potential of being wars. Former opponents Joseph Parker and Andy Ruiz would also be fantastic heavyweight match ups.
Jennings may not hold one of the major four world titles around his waist; however, there are plenty of options for the Philadelphia fighter in the future that will keep boxing fans attention.
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