Saturday night in Tulsa, OK, unbeaten rising American heavyweight Jared “Real Big Baby” Anderson returns to the ring for the second time in less than seven weeks, as he headlines again for Top Rank Boxing/ESPN.
And, off his first real test that took him the distance against veteran Charles Martin on July 1st, Anderson knows he’s got to be ready for another aged, veteran in Ukranian Andriy Rudenko.
The fighters met with the media for the final time Thursday afternoon and Anderson, 15-0, 14 KOs, was all smiles as he pledged that whether it’s an early KO, as most of his fights have been, or going the route again, he’ll be ready.
From the Top Rank release,
“It was easy to get back into things after my last fight. We never stop, really. We might have taken a week off, but then we went right back to it. We took our time by sharpening our skills before sparring. But everything was great. We’re ready to go to work….
“This Saturday you will see me sticking to my plan. I’ll be using my jab, my speed. I’m always willing to do whatever I need to do in order to win. And I will continue being who I am because I am great.”
Anderson wants to start new streak
Anderson had his KO streak ended at 14 straight to begin his career, when the veteran Martin stoop up to his hard shots and lasted the 10 rounds in Anderson’s homecoming. Now, the Ohio native faces another older fight with a 35-6 record, who’s gone the distance with the likes of Zhilei Zhang and Alexander Povetkin in previous battles.
You can hear Dan Rafael with me to discuss Anderson-Rudenko in more detail off our “Big Fight Weekend Preview Podcast” by clicking play below,
Anderson’s main event will cap off the show that also features fellow Nigerian born heavyweight Efe Ajagba, 17-1, 13 KOs, battling unbeaten, but little known, southpaw puncher Zhan Kossobutskiy, 19-0, 18 KOs immediately before the main event.
There is some belief that Top Rank is setting up a fight later this year or early next year for Anderson and Ajagba, if they both win.
ESPN and ESPN+ will televise the main card beginning Saturday night at 10:30 p.m. Eastern from the Tulsa Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.