By Greg Stiller: A match-up is in the works between unbeaten #4 IBF, #5 WBA, Bryant Jennings (17-0, 9 KO’s) and former heavyweight title challenger Mariusz Wach (27-1, 15 KO’s) for January 18th next year on Showtime, according to Dan Rafael of ESPN.
Wach, 33, hasn’t fought since he was beaten by a lopsided 12 round unanimous decision last year by IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko last year in November in Hamburg, Germany. Wach took a lot of punishment in that one-sided fight, but he also got in a few good shots before Wladimir shut him down and turned him into a human punching bag from the 6th round on.
With his time out of the ring, Wach has lost his top 15 ranking. But if he can beat Jennings, he’ll find himself back in the thick of things in the top 15, and from there he can work his way into another title shot over time.
Jennings, 29, doesn’t have a lot of size or power compared to some heavyweights in the division. At 6’2″, 225 lbs., he’s not a big guy or even close to being big. But what he brings to the table is long arms, as he’s got an 84″ reach, and he can throw a lot of punches that wear his opponents down. Jennings’ reach is as long as guys like Deontay Wilder. That’s impressive given that Deontay is 6’7″ has a super long reach over his opponents. Jennings has wins over Bowie Tupou, and Siarhei Liakhovich.
At one time there was talk of a Jennings vs. Wilder fight, but the money wasn’t there to make the fight happen. Deontay was pretty confident that he’d have taken Jennings out without any problems due to his big power advantage. It would have been a good test to see how Jennings could handle getting hit really hard by someone as big as Deontay.
Jennings’ promoter Gary Shaw told ESPN “Wach is a fighter who went 12 rounds with one of the [Klitschko] brothers. He is big, roughly 285 [pounds], 6-foot-8, and will be a terrific test for Jennings, as to whether he can handle a man this size. As a heavyweight, he is going to have to fight many different size fighters, unlike a specific weight class, where the size and weight are roughly the same.”
It’ll be tough for Jennings to beat the 6’8″ Wach because he’s huge, has big power in his right hand, and he tends to hit what he’s aiming at with that hand.