Heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko cruised to a decision victory against Bryant Jennings on Saturday night (April 25) at Madison Square Garden.
The champ notched his 18th consecutive title defense of his second title reign, which is third all-time in division history, behind only Larry Holmes (20) and Joe Louis (25, which is the record for any weight class).
Though it was a lopsided decision, Jennings made him work for it.
“Very competitive opponent, [better] than I have faced in recent years,” Klitschko said. “Great hand speed, great footwork, very athletic. He was even talking between the rounds and trying to make it like [Muhammad] Ali-[Joe] Frazier. He gave a great challenge, and he will give the heavyweight division a lot of good challenges.”
The judges scored the fight 118-109, 116-111 and 116-111 for Klitschko, who lost a point for holding in the 10th round.
Klitschko improved to 64-3 (54 KOs), while Jennings notched his first loss and is now 19-1 (10 KOs).
The Ukrainian champ is now 25-2 in world title fights. His 27th world heavyweight title now ties him with Louis for most in division history.
His next fight will likely be against mandatory challenger Tyson Fury (24-0, 18 KOs) of England.