While heavyweight hopeful Artur Szpilka and his team work to iron out the paperwork issues that caused him to be sent back to Poland by the Department of Homeland Security just a couple of hours after arriving in the United State on Sunday, Bryant Jennings continues to grind away in training camp preparing for a battle he hopes takes place.
Philadelphia's Jennings (17-0, 9 KOs) and Szpilka (16-0, 12 KOs) are due to meet in a 10-rounder on Jan. 25 (HBO, 9:45 p.m. ET/PT) in the Mikey Garcia-Juan Carlos Burgos co-feature at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York.
The fight will be Jennings' first since June. He only fought once last year, in part due to a change in promoters.
"I've been in the gym since my last fight back in June so I'm ready to go," Jennings said. "My trainer Fred Jenkins and I have been grinding, working on new things, trying to improve on what I do best, which is to box my opponents ears off. I know Szpilka is a big star in his native country, but his '0' has got to go, and his fans must deal with him losing for the first time. I'm healthy and I feel I've improved my ring intelligence since I fought last."
The fight will mark Jennings' first on HBO, something he has wanted for quite some time.
"An opportunity like this, to fight on a big stage like HBO, is a dream come true," Jennings said. "When I first stepped in the gym, which was about five years ago, I always envisioned myself fighting on HBO. Now it's time to show the world what Bryant Jennings is all about. I want to thank my promoters Gary Shaw and Antonio Leonard as well as my manager James Prince for getting me this opportunity. HBO needs some fresh heavyweight talent to showcase and I'm the one to take make it happen. I'm coming to win and win impressively.
"Everyone knows the Madison Square Garden is a place where many fighters have made their name famous. I plan to follow in the footsteps of the greats that have fought there before and continue on my path to greatness. God willing, everything goes as planned."