Interview: Jennings on Wilder: “I Don’t Go Back Around Twice”
After Deontay Wilder knocked out Kelvin Price this past weekend in Los Angeles, he wasted no time calling out the man he wants to fight next, Bryant Jennings of Philadelphia.
According to Eastside Boxing, Deontay Wilder told post-fight reporters he wanted to fight Jennings next so I decided to look for the video and check it out.
I asked Jennings, who’s been called by Freddie Roach “the best prospect America has right now in the heavyweight division,” what he thought about his last performance, Deontay Wilder calling him out, and what is in the works.
Jae: I saw your last fight against Bowie Toupou and he seemed to challenge you more than your previous opponents. What did he bring to the ring that set him apart?
BYJ: He had a little more power but at the same time lacked he other skills. But power is something that has to be respected because all it takes is one punch. He was doing the one punch [strategy] and it took me a couple rounds to adjust.
Deontay Wilder Calls Out Bryant Jennings (start at 2:35)
Jae: I watched the Golden Boy Card this weekend and saw Deontay Wilder knock out Kelvin Price. When they asked him who he wanted next, he said you. How are familiar are you with him and is that a fight you are interested in?
BYJ: Of course his name came up before and I hear people talk about him – he has all knockouts. I just don’t take him seriously. I just think his approach or whoever he has representing him is letting him run off at the mouth. It seems kinda childish, I don’t even know who represents him. So whoever [represents him] does needs to teach him how to talk and how to really call out someone because his voice is unheard to me.
Jae: Once you finished your fight with Toupou and we saw Seth Mitchell get knocked out, did you start tossing some names around in your head?
BYJ: Not really. It’s about who has the best title and benefits my career progression. I have no interest in going near Deontay Wilder – he’s actually beneath me. He actually needs me and I don’t need him. I don’t even look forward to that fight. I’m focused on my goal of being the heavyweight champion of the world.
Jae: Are you in the works of scheduling another fight or is it too soon?
BYJ: I’m always looking to stay busy but right now I’m going to let my team work on that and I’m going to take advantage of this time I have off right now.
Jae: I saw your Grandma at your fight. Did she have a good time watching you win?
BYJ: Grandma always has a good time at the fight.
Jae: NBC has another card coming up on the 22nd featuring Tomasz Adamek vs. Steve Cunningham. Will you be taking a turn on the desk again?
BYJ: It’s an early card so I’ll definitely be in the building.
Jae: Thanks for touching bases with me BY. I wanted to get your words since Wilder put your name out there.
BYJ: We sent him a contract before and he denied it first, and I don’t go back around twice. He had his chance before and didn’t want it. He went to camp with Klitschko and got a little courage. So now all of a sudden he’s believing himself. Nobody’s speaking for him, he’s speaking for himself and he doesn’t speak well. He’s talks a lot of bullshit. He’s kind of a little bit too cocky right now and he hasn’t done enough. He doesn’t show any personality and you need that with the fans. Personality is going to help you succeed outside of boxing.