With his USBA heavyweight title on the line and his grandmother seated ringside, Bryant Jennings said “By-By” to Bowie Tupou with a right uppercut in the 5th round.
Outweighed by more than 25 pounds, the 28-year-old Jennings used his speed advantage and footwork to stop Tupou at 1:37 of the 5th in his first title defense. It was also the fifth fight of the year for Jennings, who moves to 16-0 with 8 knockouts.
In the 3rd round, Tupou (22-3, 16 KO) landed an overhand right that seemed to floor Jennings, but it wasn’t ruled a knockdown. After the bout, Jennings told NBC Sports’ Chris Mannix that he thought it was just the opposite.
“I think he hit the crap out of me,” Jennings said.
The Philadelphia fighter’s win sent the Temple University crowd into frenzy. Of the knockout, Jennings said that’s what he practiced for. Mannix asked him where he would compare himself in the ranks of American heavyweights.
“My confidence level i