By Elliot Foster (@FreelanceFoz)
Wladimir Klitschko is likely to fight Tyson Fury in September.
The Ukrainian, who successfully retained the WBA Super, WBO, IBF and IBO heavyweight world titles against Bryant Jennings yesterday, revealed this in the aftermath of his latest defence.
In his 22nd straight win, the 39-year-old did little to impress the watching American crowd at Madison Square Garden in New York, losing a point in round 10 by referee Michael Griffin for persistent holding en route to a straightforward unanimous decision in which he picked up scorecards of 118-109, 116-111 and 116-111 against the Philadelphia native.
“I just got the news that I am obligated to satisfy my mandatories. The way it looks, Tyson Fury is going to be my next challenger,” he said.
“Obviously a fight with Tyson Fury is not going to be in the United States. I think this fight needs to happen in Europe. I know that he’s the WBA mandatory. It’s something that I have to do.
“Fighting Fury in Germany or in Great Britain, that’s something we have to figure out. It’s something we have to work out.”
Taking charge of the fight early using the household ram-rod left jab, Klitschko appeared to be cruising throughout, other than a few darting movements and periods of pressure from Jennings. They came in the middle rounds of the contest, though, and were negated well by the Germany-based orthodox puncher, who moved on to 64-3 (53), with his last defeat coming 11 years ago.
Meanwhile, Kent’s Tom Dallas, who was given a surprise opportunity on the big stage in the States, suffered a fifth knockout defeat on the undercard.
The 30-year-old, who was stopped inside two rounds by Liverpool’s David Price in 2011, contested the WBO NABO heavyweight title and was halted with four seconds to go in the first stanza by undefeated southpaw Charles Martin.
Elsewhere, Sadam Ali outpointed Francisco Santana over 10 rounds to take possession of the WBA International welterweight title. All three judges gave the contest in favour of the 26-year-old Brooklyn man, with scorecards of 97-93, 100-90 and 97-93 being turned in.
And Ukrainian cruiserweight Iago Kiladze scored his third straight stoppage victory, halting 34-year-old Texan Rayford Johnson in the fourth of eight scheduled rounds, while Kenneth Sims Jr. outpointed Puerto Rican Luis Rodriguez over six.by