"I can improve on everything as a whole, but I think I pretty much showed that I have potential of being good at everything that boxing has to offer. So I could get better as a whole as a person to perfect everything that I do. I think I just about showed it all and my time is just around the corner...2012 is my year I said it in 2011 what I was gonna do in 2012. I had high expectations and I'm just letting everybody know that I'm a different type of individual and I'm cut from a different cloth and I'm willing to do whatever. I'm going to go all the way to the top," stated undefeated heavyweight contender Bryant Jennings, who talked about his impressive 1st round TKO of Chris Koval this past weekend, his future plans, and much more. Check it out!
PC: Congratulations on the win over Koval. I'm sure it took you longer to lace up your shoes than it took to dispose of him. How do you feel?
BJ: Everything is good, man. I got it over with pretty early. I didn't have to waste no time, so I feel good.
PC: Some fighters hate to have these long camps where they work hard and it's over in a matter of minutes. In your case, it was over in a matter of seconds. Was that somewhat disappointing or do you view it as you don't get paid by the round and you were happy to have it over?
BJ: Yeah, the sooner the better, and my goal is to win and I won in the best way possible, so it's better for me. Now I can get ready for something else.
PC: Did you know you could blitz him and get him out early going into that fight or was it something you noticed on the fly?
BJ: I noticed he had his hands down and I have been working on really doing some things. I realized he held his hands down and was out of rhythm already, so I went for the right hand and followed it up with the left hook.
PC: You have progressed well and have become a formidable heavyweight and someone to look out for. You are starting to show the whole package. What else do you feel you can work on to improve?
BJ: Yeah, that's what I mean. I can improve on everything as a whole, but I think I pretty much showed that I have potential of being good at everything that boxing has to offer. So I could get better as a whole as a person to perfect everything that I do. I think I just about showed it all and my time is just around the corner.
PC: I think your conditioning will eventually put you atop of the division. What is that one thing that you feel will separate you from the pack?
BJ: I would think it will have to be defense. I came in the game with defense. The first day I came into the gym, I had good defense. I can say I had great defense the first day I came into the gym. When I was young, I was a bad little boy and my mom used everything to chastise us. So our block game was always official. Defense is something that I know I could be good at, like rolling with punches and taking something off of the punches to where I'm not feeling the full impact; slipping them and catching them and blocking them as they come.
PC: Fighters usually don't expect easy fights. Did you expect a tougher fight from Koval or do you feel that when you're at your best, you can do that to anybody?
BJ: Yeah, and I just kind of focused on the knockout. I didn't want to show nothing else but some power in that fight. Of course the punches were there and I was like, "Man, they trying to make me be somebody I don't want to be." I wanted to show everything that I got from my last 4 fights. I don't want them to even think like right now, there is no question that I'm not a one-dimensional fighter. So I'm quite sure that anyone who has seen more than 2 of my fights knows that I can do a lot of different things. Like for this fight, I wanted to focus on the knockout and I got it.
PC: You are always featured on a card full of good heavyweights. Are you ready to start targeting the Adamek's of the world or are you happy with the way that you have been moved because they are doing a great job with you?
BJ: Yeah, I'm pretty happy. The politics of boxing don't allow you to move faster than what you really wanna move, but I think I'm ready to do whatever. If not, I at least wanna stay real busy. I want to get on the September 21st card, but it's kinda not looking good right now, but I don't know why. I'm not a fighter to be played with and I think if I was a promoter and I had a fighter such as myself, then get this guy what he wants. This guy is crisp; get him back in there. I'm just trying to do something that nobody else is doing right now.
PC: Anytime a fighter can get in and out and suffer no damage, they usually want to come right back anyway.
BJ: Yeah, I live in camp, so camp is my life anyway.
PC: You still hold down a full-time job as well as do your thing inside of the ring. Is it something you have down to a science or does it get tough sometimes?
BJ: Nah, it's never really been difficult because I never really had any other obstacles in my way. I figured once I found boxing or boxing found me, I was like, "I'm gonna give this 100%. This is my last work for any means of success." Like you spend all of your teen years and into your 20's having your basketball dreams, your football dreams, and your rapper dreams. The older you get, the more you start thinking it ain't that many ways available for the average black guy to make these millions right now. I found something and I'm gonna give it my all because I know it's a last time around thing for me right now. I have established myself now where I could go and do something else because I have created a name and a brand for myself, and a certain way of doing business. But just an average guy off of the streets, it really ain't much you can do, so when you find something, you gotta go hard at it.
PC: Another Philadelphian made his heavyweight debut on that card. Did you get to see Steve Cunningham's fight?
BJ: I didn't really get to see any of his fight. I did watch some and he looked alright. I'm quite sure he needs more time to come around. He's a good fighter and I'm looking to see good things from Steve.
PC: I hope you can get on that September card and if not, definitely see you in there by year's end. Congratulations again on the 35 second knockout. Is there anything else you want to say in closing?
BJ: 2012 is my year I said it in 2011 what I was gonna do in 2012. I had high expectations and I'm just letting everybody know that I'm a different type of individual and I'm cut from a different cloth and I'm willing to do whatever. I'm going to go all the way to the top and all glory to God!