Jennings-Wilder fight not happening for now
By Scott Gilfoid: Unfortunately the mouth watering fight between two of boxing’s best heavyweight contenders Deontay Wilder (25-0, 25 KO’s) and Bryant Jennings (15-0, 7 KO’s) isn’t going to happening now. Wilder, 26, wanted the fight and was up for it, but there seems to be some disagreements about why it’s not happening. Jennings’ promoters at Main Event sent a contract over to Golden Boy Promotions matchmaker Eric Gomez, but it’s unclear what his thoughts are on the fight.
Main Events said on their twitter “Not a surprise. Deontay Wilder just passed on offer to fight Bryant Jennings in NBCSN main event on December 8th.”
However, a shocked Wilder said this in response to Main Event’s twitter:
“Show me where I turned it down now.”
Main Events said “We made a serious offer. Talk to Eric Gomez.”
I fail to see where Wilder turned anything down. He’s still up for the fight. As for Golden Boy, perhaps the offer wasn’t to their liking financially. Without being able to see what the actual offer was in terms of money it’s difficult to see what was going through Golden Boy’s heads when they supposedly turned down the Jennings fight for Wilder, if they did in fact turn it down. There’s no response at all from Golden Boy’s match-maker Gomez to the contract offer.
This would be a really good fight for Wilder because he’s got the talent and the power to take Jennings out with one solid shot. If Golden Boy is blocking the fight then maybe have something else planned for Wilder’s next fight that is on par if not better than a Jennings fight. Whatever the case, Wilder doesn’t need Jennings to make his future. He’s going to rise to the top of the heavyweight division by next year anyway so it’s not as if he’s losing anything by not getting the Jennings fight. Jennings is just another undersized prospect that Wilder would have likely made easy work with.