Philly’s Bryant “By- By” Jennings Receives Sports Illustrated “Prospect of the Year Award”! - Interview
Philly’s Bryant “By- By” Jennings Receives Sports Illustrated “Prospect of the Year Award”! - Interview
By Ken Hissner, Doghouse Boxing (Jan 16, 2013) Doghouse Boxing (Photo © Gary Purfield)
Bryant “By- By” Jennings
Philly’s unbeaten heavyweight Bryant “By- By” Jennings, 16-0 (8), received Sports Illustrated “Prospect of the Year Award” for 2012. It was a year of awards and titles for the 28 year-old Jennings who fights out of the ABC Gym in North Philadelphia under the guidance of manager/trainer Fred Jenkins.   He is promoted by Peltz Boxing.

Jennings started 2012 off in January winning the PA title defeating Maurice “Freight Train” Byarm, then 13-0-1, over 10 rounds in Philadelphia.  He followed this up in March by stopping former WBO champion Siarhei Liakhovich, then 25-4, in 9 rounds, in Brooklyn, NY.  Then in June he won the USBA title over Steve Collins, then 25-1-1, in Newark winning all 10 rounds.  In September at Newark, NJ, he stopped Chris Koval, then 25-9, dropping him with the first right hand landed, and a follow-up knockout at 0:35 of the first round!   In December at Temple’s McGonigle Hall, in Philadelphia in a USBA title defense he knocked out Bowie Tupou, then 22-2, in 5 rounds with a thunderous right uppercut.  That’s 5 fights and 5 wins, 3 by knockout!

As always Jennings was gracious enough to take answer some questions:

KEN HISSNER:  What were your thoughts on receiving the award?

BY-BY: I was highly appreciated when I received it.  I thought I did great in the year 2012 and I agree they made a good choice.

KEN HISSNER:  What’s it like as No. 4 contender in the IBF rankings to still be a prospect?

BY-BY: My being a prospect or being labeled a prospect I don’t have a problem with.  That’s not my concern.  I know I have to fight and not only fight, win.  That’s my main focus.  Being a prospect is just a title.  The only title I am worried about is the world title.

KEN HISSNER:  Who are you focused on fighting in the future?

BY-BY: None other than any of the Klitschko’s.  Nobody else matters.  I’m focused on them because they have what I want.

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