North Philadelphia boxer Bryant Jennings appears set to get a date with the biggest name in the heavyweight division.
Jennings posted an edited image to Instagram on Wednesday morning of himself fighting Wladimir Klitschko. Jennings implied that the fight would take place on April 25. His promoter, Gary Shaw, said he had been contacted by Shelly Finkel, Klitschko's adviser. That was all Shaw said he could say. A message for Jennings was not returned.
"If you're scared get a dog. I'm from Philly, I don't know what scared is," Jennings wrote on Instagram. "This is the sport I'm in."
A fight against Klitschko would reap Jennings his highest career payday. ESPN reported that the fight will be held in New York City if it is to take place. It would be Klitschko's first fight in the United States since 2008.
Jennings, 30, outpointed Mike Perez in July at Madison Square Garden. The split-decision victory made Jennings (19-0, 10 knockouts) the No. 1 contender for the World Boxing Council crown. Current champion Bermane Stiverne will defend the title in January against Deontay Wilder.
Jennings would likely be removed from the WBC title picture if he fights the 38-year-old Klitschko. Klitschko (63-3, 53 KOs) has four world titles. His older brother, Vitali, vacated the WBC title last year to pursue a career in politics.