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Philly heavyweight Jennings moves to 18-0

Philadelphia heavyweight boxer Bryant Jennings poses after his

Philadelphia heavyweight boxer Bryant Jennings poses after his first-round knockout of Chris Koval on September 8, 2012 at the Prudential Center in Newark. Credit: Rich Graessle / Main Events Promotions

Bryant Jenning’s didn’t go into his Saturday night fight at the Theater at Madison Square Garden looking for a knockout of Poland’s Artur Szpilka.

But he got one anyway.

The Philadelphia heavyweight improved his record to 18-0 with a 10th-round TKO.

"I went into this fight looking for a decision," Jennings said. "It was a bonus getting a TKO."

Knocking an opponent out is not what Jennings is about. Out boxing and out thinking his opponent is all that matters.

Said Jennings: “To be the smarter fighter, to be the technician. That’s what I want to do. You have to learn while you’re in it. It’s a learning experience at the same time. We don’t learn in training. We learn in the fights. You can train for eight weeks and not learn anything in the fight.”

Jennings made reference to Floyd Mayweather Jr., a future hall-of-famer who isn’t a knockout artist.

“The object is not to get hit…The decision can be whatever, as long as it is a win,” Jennings said. “You don’t need to put extra pressure on yourself to knock somebody out. It shows a sign of impatience. It shows that you are short tempered and can lose your head.”

As for his future, Jennings will be patient, but prudent and said: “I’ll fight whoever they present to me as long as it makes sense.”

 He definitely plans to fight for a title someday.

“Anything can happen at any given time,” he said of a title shot. “It can be within one or two fights. It can be three fights. We’re at the top so anything can happen. And we don’t have long to go.”

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