The heart and muscle of Philadelphia; Jennings and Hart
“Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends” John 15:13
Bryant Jennings and Jesse Hart are the epitome of what Philadelphia is about – tough as nails, no bull shitting and popping muthafuckas in the mouth. But seriously, these cats are as humbled as they come and just grinding like there isn’t no tomorrow. All you can do is applaud their effort, enjoy their performances and keep rooting for the gentlemen from Philly.
Both fighters are searching for that elusive second and third attempt at a world title.
“I have blotted out your transgressions like a cloud and your sins like mist; return to me, for I have redeemed you” Isaiah 44:22
Jennings has had two chances and both were probably too early in his career. There was no doubt that he was rushed into the Wladimir Klitschko fight, it being only his 19th fight and his resume, hindsight being 20-20, was mediocre at best. Mike Perez and Artur Spzilka have yet to win a significant bout since the Jennings fight and those were the guys who were supposed to get him ready for a 6-foot 6-inch, future Hall of Famer? Nope, hell no. Instead of taking a fight, or two, to recover from the Klitschko fight, he signed up to face the most feared Heavyweight at the time, Luis Ortiz. And it ended like most experts and Saturday night boxing critics expected it would – Jennings on the losing end.
After two straight, confidence killing losses, Jennings finally made a smart decision regarding his career, he took some time away from the ring. After two years away from the ring and a new promoter, Top Rank, behind him, Jennings is back in the spotlight.
His win over Alexander Dimitrenko is his fifth in a row since returning to the ring. Every victory has been a confidence-building and ladder-climbing win for the former World Title challenger. Now Jennings is in a great position to make another run at a piece of the Heavyweight crown. It may take a year or so for the mandatories and Twitter beefs clear the way before he does so, but it’s safe to say the real Jennings is knocking on the door.
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths” Proverbs 3:5-6
Jesse Hart fell short in his only opportunity, a close decision loss to Gilberto Ramirez in 2017. Hart climbed off the canvas in that fight and fought valiantly in an effort to make a comeback and hold his reputation in high standards. Hart didn’t win the battle that night but he’s fighting on, winning three consecutive fights since the Ramirez bout, and preparing to win war(s) ahead of him.
Last night he bulldozed through the tough but limited, Mike Gavronski in three rounds. It was an exciting performance but also one where you can tell Hart is growing and maturing inside the ring. The question now is, when does Hart get his second chance?
Tough question to answer.
Four of the top contenders reside in England. Two, Callum Smith and George Groves, are scheduled to fight each other. James DeGale has stated he only wants high profile fights, and Ramirez is waiting for a high profile bout himself. Maybe Top Rank can work something out with Premier Boxing Champions for WBC champion David Benavidez, but that’s highly doubtful since Top Rank almost swooped in and stole Benavidez from PBC. That really only leaves Jose Uzcategui but he’s been ordered by the IBF to fight Caleb Plant – who is ranked 28th in the world.
Hart is ranked in the top 10. Best case scenario, the WBO evokes its mandatory defense and puts pressure on Top Rank and Gilberto Ramirez to make the rematch.
Hart should have no worries though, as these rankings and mandatories eventually work themselves out. In the meantime, Hart will feed on any and everything his promoter throws at him. That’s what Philly fighters do, they eat.
“For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted” Luke 14:11
Tyson Fury continued his comeback last night with a victory over Francisco Pianeta. It wasn’t a great performance but Fury, himself, stated he needed the rounds. The fight itself was just the back drop to the exciting news that would follow.
Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder is happening!!!
It’s not the best heavyweight fight available but it’s easily second best, and fight fans should be able to live with that. The build up to this fight actually started two years ago when Fury serenaded Wilder after his fight with Artur Spzilka in New York City. Fight fans were salivating at the mouth about this potential Goliath vs Goliath match up. Then, out of nowhere, Fury vanished in to a phase that would land in the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame.
After a few tune-ups, an oil change and some extra trimming around the belly, Fury is ready to reclaim his spot as the lineal Heavyweight champion of the world. It starts with Wilder in November with the winner, hopefully, fighting Anthony Joshua in the spring of 2019. Fight fans can only put the fight on their Christmas wish list in hopes Santa can deliver.
Don’t hold your breath though.
Whatever happens, it’s good to have Fury back. Many of today’s fighters have fake, boring or tiring acts or personalities. With Fury everything is pure, from the his crazy noggin, just a nut-cracking, happy ol’ lad. Boxing needs more Furys and less Broners.