Jennings ended up pitching a shutout in the decision win.
Philadelphia Heavyweight Dominant in Decision Victory over Steve Collins
Bryant “By-By” Jennings (14-0, 6 KOs) has truly taken advantage of the NBC Sports Network’s Fight Night series platform since its inception, and the Philadelphia heavyweight continued that run on Saturday night at Prudential Center with his third consecutive win on the show in 2012. Standing opposite him in his latest encounter was durable Houston native Steve Collins (25-2, 18 KOs), against whom Jennings pitched a shutout in a unanimous decision victory to win the USBA Heavyweight Championship.
Despite giving up 19 pounds to the heavier Collins, Jennings actually looked like the bigger man in the ring due to his excellent physical condition, and he was in control of this bout from the opening bell. After a bit of a feeling out in the first round, Jennings started to show slick body movement more common at much lower weight classes while preventing his opposition from being able to land many shots due to his solid defense. He also came forward intelligently and found spots to capitalize upon when they revealed themselves to him.
In the fourth frame, Collins was still trying to break down the defense of Jennings to no avail, and the Philadelphia representative eventually ripped off his most damaging work of the bout in that round. After hurting his opponent with a hammering right uppercut, Jennings followed up with a short left before delivering another right uppercut that buckled Collins into the ropes. Referee Lindsey Page then jumped in and gave a standing eight-count. The action did resume after that, however, with both competitors banging out the final 15 seconds of the frame.
In the ensuing rounds, Jennings began to land with much more ease, tossing his punches with the accuracy of a marksman and gaining a ton of confidence. His slick and crafty style proved to be very hard for Collins to break down at all, and a peppering jab had his eye closing by the seventh frame. Jennings began to key on pounding that eye and then throwing powerful overhand strikes, and there was just little Collins could do to answer. The boxing clinic continued to occur until the final 10th round bell rang, but this bout did rather surprisingly end up going the distance.
When the ringside judges were asked for their opinions at the conclusion of this one, Jennings found himself with the USBA Heavyweight Title around his waist after flush 100-89 tallies were revealed. Further cementing the unanimous decision were the final CompuBox stats, which showed Jennings owning a 246-85 punch advantage.
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