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Philly heavyweight Jennings will fight in NYC instead of Texas

Philadelphia heavyweight boxer Bryant Jennings. (Tim Larsen/AP file)
Philadelphia heavyweight boxer Bryant Jennings. (Tim Larsen/AP file)

PHILADELPHIA heavyweight contender Bryant "By By" Jennings appeared in New York City this weekend to promote his re-scheduled title eliminator bout against Mike Perez.

Originally slated for May 24 in Corpus Christi, Texas, the 12-round fight is now set for July 26 at Madison Square Garden as the co-main event to Gennady Golovkin and Daniel Geale's middleweight championship fight.

A shoulder injury to Perez, the southpaw from Ireland via Cuba, canceled the original bout 2 weeks before it was set to take place.

Both heavyweights are undefeated. The winner is guaranteed a shot at the World Boxing Council belt against current champion Bermane Stiverne or Deontay Wilder, who are expected to fight in the fall.

"I feel good about it," Jennings said at Saturday's press conference in NYC. "I'm definitely going to bring my 'A' game, definitely going to be the best, definitely going to continue to be Bryant Jennings."

The 29-year-old Jennings (18-0, 10 knockouts), a former standout defensive end at Ben Franklin High, is No. 4 in the WBC rankings. Perez (20-0-1, 12 KOs) is ranked fifth.

One will leave New York City late next month with his first professional loss, the other on the cusp of the biggest fight of his life.

-Jake Kaplan

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