Jennings vs. Perez Preview
Jul 16 2014 12:00 AM
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Get to know Bryant Jennings and Mike Perez and preview their upcoming heavyweight showdown. Golovkin vs. Geale and Jennings vs. Perez happens Sat., July 26 at 9:30pm ET/PT on HBO.

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oubobcat says:

This should be a very good and competitive heavyweight fight. As a matter of fact, July 26th should be a very compelling day for the heavyweight division as earlier in the day we have Fury-Chisora II.

Perez has been boxing much longer than Jennings. Perez has deep amateur experience and is a well schooled technically sound fighter.

Jennings, on the other hand, has almost no amateur experience and has been fighting for just five years. Though limited in experience, Jennings has improved each and every time out and has looked better as he has fought better competition.

I tend to favor Jennings in this fight. I think it will be good but he has the edge in athleticism and hand speed which will be key. One thing to keep in mind too is that Perez is coming off two very tough give and take fights while Jennings has not been in those type of wars. I think something has been taken out of Perez. For me, the signs point to a good fight with the edge going to Jennings. I like him by decision in this one.

The Commish says:

[QUOTE=oubobcat;58331]This should be a very good and competitive heavyweight fight. As a matter of fact, July 26th should be a very compelling day for the heavyweight division as earlier in the day we have Fury-Chisora II.

Perez has been boxing much longer than Jennings. Perez has deep amateur experience and is a well schooled technically sound fighter.

Jennings, on the other hand, has almost no amateur experience and has been fighting for just five years. Though limited in experience, Jennings has improved each and every time out and has looked better as he has fought better competition.

I tend to favor Jennings in this fight. I think it will be good but he has the edge in athleticism and hand speed which will be key. One thing to keep in mind too is that Perez is coming off two very tough give and take fights while Jennings has not been in those type of wars. I think something has been taken out of Perez. For me, the signs point to a good fight with the edge going to Jennings. I like him by decision in this one.[/QUOTE]

You are so right about this being a “Very good and competitive heavyweight fight.” My biggest question is which version of Mike Perez will we see? If the one who fought Carlos Takam shows up, Jennings will have a fairly easy victory. If the Perez who fought Mago Abdusalamov shows up, this one'll sure to high on the list of “Fights of the Year.”

I've got my ringside press seat and can hardly wait to settle into it and take in this super card.

-Randy G.

brownsugar says:

Both of you hit the nail on the head …. Jenny's has an Algieri like, “I did it my way” grassroots appeal. A UPS truck driver turned boxer… It doesnt get anymore blue collar than that…. And like a UPS trucker navigating his way through rush hour traffic after a day of banging on the doors of grumpy customers in a thankless job that pays the bills but hardens the heart ….you have to appreciate how Jennings recognized his physical gifts and navigated his way through the professional ranks after hours.

Like Chris Algieri he uses his abundant physicality to develop chinks in the armour of opponents who spent a lifetime in the ring but who werent prepared to invest in the pain and suffering it takes to be able to give that little bit extra it takes to eake out the tough wins when the opponent appears to have all the advantages.

It takes a lot of adaptability to fight this way and a lot of intelligence.

I've enjoyed Jennings from the beginning … His managerial team has been masterful at ramping up the opposition incrementally to gradually ease him to the next level.

Perez took a lot of flush shots against Mago …. I can remember saying to myself..wow I've never seen a Cuban face fighter before. Also if you go back a few years earlier and look at a picture of Perez … He is the spitting image of a 23 year old Mlke Tyson.

His once pristine physique is now covered in slabs of fat.

Another example of a Cuban who abandons natural food and begins feeding his hunger with the wrong types of processed foods. You don't have to have a PhD to recognize it. It comes from cellular inflammation acquired by eating processed foods, glutens and sugars. It takes years to build up and almost as long to remove through a regimen of eating a diet of wholesome cleansing natural foods.
No amount of areobic exercise will affect it. Only a life changing diet can remove it.

Perez has become complacent and perhaps may even have incurred permanent damage as a result of his fight with Mago. But he is very much a live dog. Like most new comers to the game, Algieri, Wilder, and Seth Mitchell,…. the hardest part about boxing is taking ( and avoiding ) punches.

Jennings gets hurt easily but has amazing recuperative powers … Perez has the experience to keep him in an intoxicated state if he can catch Jennings early.

If the fight gets into the middle rounds when Jennings is fully warmed up and his adrenalin is pumping he will out work Perez.

I hope Jennings wins… He's another one of those American ” land of dreams coming true ” stories whom you don't want to fail.

If he wins …he's one a collision course with guys like Wilder and Fury.
But Don't let Jennings anywhere near Areola or Klitschko for at least another year.

oubobcat says:

[QUOTE=brownsugar;58426]Both of you hit the nail on the head …. Jenny's has an Algieri like, “I did it my way” grassroots appeal. A UPS truck driver turned boxer… It doesnt get anymore blue collar than that…. And like a UPS trucker navigating his way through rush hour traffic after a day of banging on the doors of grumpy customers in a thankless job that pays the bills but hardens the heart ….you have to appreciate how Jennings recognized his physical gifts and navigated his way through the professional ranks after hours.

Like Chris Algieri he uses his abundant physicality to develop chinks in the armour of opponents who spent a lifetime in the ring but who werent prepared to invest in the pain and suffering it takes to be able to give that little bit extra it takes to eake out the tough wins when the opponent appears to have all the advantages.

It takes a lot of adaptability to fight this way and a lot of intelligence.

I've enjoyed Jennings from the beginning … His managerial team has been masterful at ramping up the opposition incrementally to gradually ease him to the next level.

Perez took a lot of flush shots against Mago …. I can remember saying to myself..wow I've never seen a Cuban face fighter before. Also if you go back a few years earlier and look at a picture of Perez … He is the spitting image of a 23 year old Mlke Tyson.

His once pristine physique is now covered in slabs of fat.

Another example of a Cuban who abandons natural food and begins feeding his hunger with the wrong types of processed foods. You don't have to have a PhD to recognize it. It comes from cellular inflammation acquired by eating processed foods, glutens and sugars. It takes years to build up and almost as long to remove through a regimen of eating a diet of wholesome cleansing natural foods.
No amount of areobic exercise will affect it. Only a life changing diet can remove it.

Perez has become complacent and perhaps may even have incurred permanent damage as a result of his fight with Mago. But he is very much a live dog. Like most new comers to the game, Algieri, Wilder, and Seth Mitchell,…. the hardest part about boxing is taking ( and avoiding ) punches.

Jennings gets hurt easily but has amazing recuperative powers … Perez has the experience to keep him in an intoxicated state if he can catch Jennings early.

If the fight gets into the middle rounds when Jennings is fully warmed up and his adrenalin is pumping he will out work Perez.

I hope Jennings wins… He's another one of those American ” land of dreams coming true ” stories whom you don't want to fail.

If he wins …he's one a collision course with guys like Wilder and Fury.
But Don't let Jennings anywhere near Areola or Klitschko for at least another year.[/QUOTE]

I have liked how Jennings management team has moved his career. As you stated, they have been progressively moving up the level of competition and not afraid to put Jennings in with fighters who could test or push him.

Jennings has been rocked in a few of those fights. He showed heart and a good recuperative ability. I do wonder about his chin some though.

But for this fight, I don't think Perez has the power to get Jennings out. Perez might be able to get Jennings attention with his punches but I don't think he can really hurt him.

On the other hand, I could see Jennings hurting Perez. Those last two fights Perez had were brutal. I think something got taken out of him and he may not be able to take shots as well as he may have in the past.

I think Jennings is going to prevail and put himself in good position for future opportunities in the heavyweight division.