Former heavyweight world title challenger Bryant Jennings will be facing 35-year-old Alexander Dimitrenko (41-3, 26 KOs) on August 18 at the Ocean Resort Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Top Rank wants to get Jennings a title shot against IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua. Jennings is ranked #8 by the World Boxing Organization.
Dimitrenko looked awful in losing to Joseph Parker by a 3rd round knockout in 2016. Some boxing fans thought Dimitrenko caved in too easily in that fight, as he didn’t take much punishment before he collapsed to the canvas in the third round. Dimitrenko didn’t look like he wanted to fight hard. Since that fight, Dimitrenko has won his last three fights beating Adrian Granat, Miljan Rovcanin and Milos Dovedan.
Dimitrenko didn’t look good beating Rovcanin by a 10 round disqualification last December. It looked like Rovcanin had done enough to win the fight, but he lost by a DQ due to hi being deducted points on three occasions. Dimitrenko looked horrible against a guy that isn’t a top tier opponent. Without the point deductions, Dimitrenko would have lost the match.