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December 9, 2012 Bryant "By-By" Jennings
This was a great weekend for Philly Sports starting with a "skin of the teeth" 95-94 victory for the Sixers over the Boston Celtics on Friday and ending with the Eagles skin of the teeth 23-21 victory over the Tampa Bay Bucs today. The Eagles barely got a touchdown with only 2 seconds left in the game to clinch the win. But the high-light of the weekend came late Saturday evening when North Philadelphia native, Bryant "By-By" Jennings extended his heavy weight boxing record to 16-0 and snagged a 5th round knock out against Bowie Tupou. I was unable to make the fight, but watched eagerly as the fight was aired live on NBC Sports.
It was a packed house at Temple's Magonical Hall in the North Philadelphia section of the city as fans and supporters from all over came to see the fighter put on a remarkable show against his opponent, Bowie Tupou. Jennings, who is ranked number 5 among all heavy weights by the International Boxing Association, recently came off of a KO victory against heavy puncher, Chris Koval, knocking him out in just a mere 35 seconds into the fight. Though the pressure was on Jennings for his match Saturday, you never would have guessed what kind of pressure he was under by watching him briefly train in the back before entering the ring.
I sat nervously on my couch watching with my daughter who begged me to let her stay up late so she could see the fight, too. I honestly don't think I breathed during the actual rounds and took brief breaths when the bell rang. They mixed it up in the first round, Jennings clearly getting a feel for his opponent as he demonstrated his speedy foot work, capability to dodge jabs and his unbelievable reach. It wasn't until the 3rd round that the fight "got real". I still say it was a slip (though Jennings admitted that his knock down was "more of an equilibrium" thing). A punch thrown by Tupou put the young heavy weight down for just a brief moment, but with resilience, he was back up on his feet and mixing it up some more. Jennings showed he is not to be trifled with at the end of the 3rd round and in the 4th round. The 5th round is when it all came to a beautiful end. After throwing a series of jabs and hooks, Jennings finished off Tupou 1:37 into the 5th round. Right, left, uppercut and down went Tupou. There was no coming back after that.
It was a pleasure seeing Bryant "By-By" Jennings extend his record to 16-0 with 8 knockouts. While some people maybe asking "what's next?" for him, I'm curious as to WHO'S next? Congratulations on the win. Great show!
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Feature Friday is among us again folks, and this week, I have the pleasure of featuring a former classmate and Heavy Weight boxing Sensation, Mr. Bryant "By-By" Jennings. As a child, if someone had told me that Bryant would be an undefeated heavy weight boxer (15-0 7KOs), I would have believed them. From what I can remember, Bryant had a tenacity as a child that was uncanny. I joked with him on how much of a bad ass he was, but his "take no sh!t" attitude coupled with his aggression, hard work and dedication, is why he has made it to the incredible position he is in at this time.
When I first heard (in 2010) that Bryant was boxing, I said to myself- "I'm not surprised". As I said previously, I could see him kicking ass on a daily basis. What's cool about it is, he's doing it on a professional basis. The moniker "By-By" is quite fitting. As shown in his last fight against Chris Koval, his opponent said "bye-bye" after only 35 seconds into the match. The 6'2 230lb boxer is definitely a force to be reckoned with.
The knock out champ not only is an on the rise boxing sensation, but is also a father and still holds down a 9-5, showing his ability to not only be a man of strength in the ring, but outside of the ring as well.
And no, the talent does not stop there; as Bryant also has a lyrical gift that he proudly showcased in his recent single "Picture That", which did numbers on Youtube in just a short time of being released, and is also apart of the popular entertainment venue, "EliteKlass". To view that video, you can check it out on the widget.
I had a chance to speak with Bryant earlier this week and was able to do a Q&A with him.
Yani: What made you want to get into boxing?
Bryant: Just being a competitive person. Once I started, it felt good and I couldn't turn back
Yani: Coming up, did you ever imagine or see yourself as being this growing sensation in boxing?
Bryant: Never before, but once I started boxing, I immediately accepted my dreams and set out to accomplish my goals.
Yani: How did you get the moniker "By By"?
Bryant: It came from my nickname "B-Y". After I got my first knock out, people wanted to call me "by by". "Once you get hit, you go "bye bye"
Yani: What was your first big fight like? How did you prepare for it
mentally and what was going through your mind when you first stepped into the ring?
Bryant: My first big fight was 1/21/12. I knew I was ready mentally. I was in shape, I don't drink or smoke. And it was also my break-through fight. But I felt very confident with my ability and I knew my opponent had no chance to beat me. He had nothing.
Yani: Who would you say is your biggest source of inspiration and motivation?
Bryant: Other boxers like Floyd Mayweather and Andre Ward. Jay-Z also, because he is a person who dominates and has a lot of ambition. He is consistent, has a lot of determination and is proficient. He mastered his craft. He's a perfectionist.
Yani: Your last fight against Chris Koval resulted in a knock out in only 35 seconds. Were you disappointed that it didn't last longer or was that pretty much your prediction?
Bryant: I didn't predict that it would happen that fast. He was just caught with that first combo and then I caught him again. But I was confident that I would get the knock out.
Yani: I also got a chance to hear your track "Picture That" and saw the video on Youtube. Is it safe to say that we may get to see just as much of you on stage as we do in the ring?
Bryant: Yes it's coming. That was my solo release with EliteKlass and there's more coming
Yani: If there was anything that you could change about the Boxing industry, what would it be?
Bryant: The consistency of fighting. I would like to see (boxing) go back to 15 rounds. I would also like for the industry to be more wide spread in areas like Philly and B-More. I would also like to fight more often. But I also think fighters' names blow up prematurely before they are given a chance to show what they can really do.
Yani: Did you ever see yourself here, being one of the hottest entities in Boxing, being asked for your autograph? How does that weigh on you?
Bryant: I would never deny kids an autograph but, I'm aware of people who try to bootleg and come up from other names. It's very exciting when I'm asked for an autograph. Sometimes it does get crazy and the attention becomes unbearable. But I stay focused on my goals and mastering my craft more. I stay clear of people focused on trying to live off of me and the ones who forget about the hard work I've put in. I try to keep my mind off of everything and try to remain the same person that I am.
Yani: I'm sure in your old North Philly neighborhood, there are kids who see you as their hero or someone they truly admire. For those who hope to get into boxing when they are older, what advice would you give to them?
Bryant: Don't drink, stay away from drugs, stay disciplined and focused, and you can accomplish anything.
It was great speaking with Bryant. I have some advice for his future opponents. PROTECT YOURSELF AT ALL TIMES! This man has an 84" reach and a nasty combo that is sure to make you go "By-By". LOL!
For those who haven't had a chance to see any of Bryant's fights, go to Youtube, put his name in and watch him work. For his music video "Picture That", you can also find it on Youtube, or view it in my widget over on the right side of this blog. It's definitely HOTNESS!!
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