"I overcame a lot of criticism, being that this is my third knockout of the year. I have two decision wins and three knockout wins, so majority of my wins this year came by knockout. People always questioned my power, but like I always say, I don't need to use my power because these guys are so slow. And then they say I don't have the power, but it's like, if I was throwing my punches as slow as they are, I bet I would have way more power. But who wants to throw slow punches? I'm an explosive person and I can turn the power on and off whenever I feel like it...2013 will definitely be a better year to come," stated heavyweight contender Bryant Jennings, who talked about his recent KO victory over Bowie Tupou, his future plans, and much more. Check it out!
PC: Congratulations on the win over Bowie Tupou. How do you feel about the performance?
BJ: Great. I think I showed a lot in that fight getting up from the knockdown. It was me being at one of those points in my career as far as the way I was feeling. The crowd was definitely affecting me because I was at home, and when I went down, I was like, "I can't lose in front of my home crowd." So I brought out my A-game and I executed a little more once I got knocked down.
PC: I won't ask how badly you were hurt, but have you gone back and watched the fight and realized the mistake you made?
BJ: Yeah! I kept letting him trap me just a little bit too much. What I wanted to do, and I still remember it to this day, I wanted to circle back to the right and I figured I could hurry up and get around to the left and that's when he threw his lucky shot. But I wasn't hurt at all; not one bit. I wasn't hurt at all. I held and grabbed to keep him under control. I kept him under control the whole time when he thought he had me hurt. You figure Bowie Tupou swinging wild, somebody about to get knocked the fuck out, so I had to keep him under control, keep him close, hold, and make sure that I toned his ass down, and that's what I did.
PC: The uppercut that you knocked him out with was the first one you had thrown of the fight. Did you just see an opening or did you sense as he got tired, he was leaning in a little bit?
BJ: Oh yeah, I planned on using the uppercut because I figured you can't miss that big ass head of his. But I could've done a lot more, but I usually get warmed up around the 4th or 5th round anyway. No heavyweight really goes in there and tries to feel those dame punches in the 1st or 2nd round. You can feel a shot in the 1st round and be affected, but that same exact shot in the 8th round won't do any harm. So the first couple of rounds is a feeling out process; you gotta get your nerves calm and the adrenaline down and those first couple of shots could be really effective. But the uppercut is something that I knew was there. I just respected his power for the first couple of rounds knowing how it would feel to get touched in those first couple of rounds.
PC: There has been a lot of heavyweight action lately. What have you taken away from some of these heavyweight bouts?
BJ: I overcame a lot of criticism, being that this is my third knockout of the year. I have two decision wins and three knockout wins, so majority of my wins this year came by knockout. People always questioned my power, but like I always say, I don't need to use my power because these guys are so slow. And then they say I don't have the power, but it's like, if I was throwing my punches as slow as they are, I bet I would have way more power. But who wants to throw slow punches? I'm an explosive person and I can turn the power on and off whenever I feel like it.
PC: You had a little back and forth on Twitter with Deontay Wilder. What did you think of his fight the other night against Kelvin Price?
BJ: I took away his intelligence, even though I never gave him a drop of it, because he would always talk like he done something. He had a complete bum in front of him. Kelvin Price's record was okay, but you can see from the beginning of the first round, how in the hell did he get to 13-0? And then I always go back to the Damon McCreary fight. The guy came out there 5'11" and 262 pounds with a damn knee brace on. I can't give respect to no one like that.
PC: The NBC Sports network seems to love you. When would you like to fight next on the network?
BJ: Well, first of all, I don't know if they love me enough to keep me happy financially. I think that I have done everything that I could do as a boxer up until now in my career. So I think it's time for me to start benefitting from it more. But March 9th is supposedly the next date. There haven't been any negotiations on opponents or anything else, but March 9th is supposed to be the next date.
PC: What did you think of the end result of the fight between Steve Cunningham and Tomasz Adamek?
BJ: The situation was bad because I had the fight 8-4 going Steve's way. He stayed away from the bigger shots. Tomasz tried to use my strategy of picking it up in the last 10 seconds of the round, but the last 10 seconds didn't determine the way he had fought the previous 2 minutes and 50 seconds. I mean, he really didn't do enough during the whole round in order to steal those rounds. I don't know what the judges were seeing. I saw a fight that was going Steve's way and Steve was definitely touching him with the cleaner shots and the more crisp shots. We all know Steve doesn't have the power of a big heavyweight, but he does have the accuracy and the skills of a good boxer.
PC: Do you think that will always be a problem for Steve at the heavyweight division? Even like you said earlier, you're not known as a big puncher. Do you see it being a problem when he is not knocking out guys and not coming forward that the judges won't give him any of these decisions?
BJ: Yeah, I think so. I know everybody loves knockouts, but the best knockouts come from the best punches and not from a punch that anybody could have gotten hit with. My knockout against Bowie should be looked at as a great knockout because the average heavyweight wouldn't have thrown those types of combinations. So it's just a first of something great. When you see a guy that's gonna have a traditional style such as Steve's, they not really trying to see that. But they supposed to be judging on the original and traditional way of boxing and that's scoring points. You hit someone and you score. I don't know how they were scoring it, but it was a whack job.
PC: I always appreciate your time my man. Congrats again on the win and the great knockout. Is there anything you want to say in closing?
BJ: The fans can follow me on Instagram and Twitter @BYJennings and Facebook at Bryant By-By Jennings. And shout out to all my fans and to everyone who came out to my fights and showed their support, and the ones who watched it on TV. 2013 will definitely be a better year to come.
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