Klitschko ready for title defense against Jennings

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SHOWS: NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES (APRIL 22, 2015) (REUTERS – ACCESS ALL) 1. VARIOUS OF WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO WARMING UP IN THE RING 2.(SOUNDBITE) (English) HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION WLADIMIR

Klitschko ready for title defense against Jennings

SHOWS:

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES (APRIL 22, 2015) (REUTERS – ACCESS ALL)

1. VARIOUS OF WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO WARMING UP IN THE RING

2.(SOUNDBITE) (English) HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO SAYING:

“He’s a very long reach. He’s trying to get into close fights. He’s maybe not that experienced but he has great desire to become a champion. Motivation sometimes is a dealbreaker and maker, and so I’m expecting to have a very competitive fight… at least in the first rounds.”

6. VARIOUS OF KLITSCHKO DOING LIGHT SPARRING IN RING

STORY: Wladimir Klitschko will match Joe Louis in boxing’s record books with his 27th heavyweight title fight on Saturday and could set more marks since he has no plans to retire anytime soon.

The 39-year-old Ukrainian, speaking to media ahead of Saturday’s fight against American Bryant Jennings at New York’s Madison Square Garden, has dominated the heavyweight division for nearly a decade and is ready for his next challenger.

“He’s a very long reach. He’s trying to get into close fights. He’s maybe not that experienced but he has great desire to become a champion,” said Klitschko, who has 17 successful defenses in a row since winning the crown for the second time in 2006.

The 6-foot-6 Ukrainian boasts a 63-3-0 record heading into the bout against Jennings, who is 19-0 since taking up boxing six years ago.

But the 30-year-old challenger from Philadelphia is not impressed by Klitschko’s accomplishments and plans on starting a new reign. Despite a three-inch height advantage in Klitschko’s favor, Jennings enjoys the same edge in reach, which could help him keep the champion at bay with jabs.

Youthful exuberance may go only so far against Klitschko, who has shown himself a master technician during his long run.

“Motivation sometimes is a dealbreaker and maker, and so I’m expecting to have a very competitive fight… at least in the first rounds,” said Klitsckho after his last open training session.

Should Klitschko conquer Jennings, other up-and-comers await including Britain’s Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder, who holds the WBC belt, the only one to elude the Ukrainian.

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