Bryant Jennings, 16-0, 7 KOs, retained his USBA heavyweight championship with a sudden 5th round TKO of Bowie Tupou at 1:37 of round five. Jennings won the fight before his hometown, North Philadelphia crowd.
Tupou landed some heavy blows of his own but fell victim to a vicious right uppercut delivered by Jennings. Tupou crashed to the canvas but managed to climb to his feet. However referee Blair Talmadge stopped the contest as Tupou, 22-3, 16 KOs, got up.
The fight was the nationally televised main event of NBC Sports Network's Fight Night boxing series. The entire broadcast will be replayed on Wednesday, December 12 from 7 pm - 9pm ET.
"He was strong," Jennings said of his opponent. "But when I landed that punch, I really felt like I had him. I thought he might not get up."
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