The somewhat bovine pace in which Jared Anderson’s career is currently going, appears to suit him just fine.
The 22-year-old heavyweight prospect from Toledo, Ohio, has laid waste to his competition through 11 pro bouts, a streak he hopes to continue this upcoming weekend. In front of what’s expected to be a fairly jam-packed crowd at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, this Saturday night, Anderson will take on fringe contender, Miljan Rovcanin.
Outside of a pair of defeats at the hands of Alexander Dimitrenko and Agit Kabayel, Rovcanin (24-2, 16 KOs) has racked up five consecutive victories. Still, an unamused Anderson glances confidently when asked if he expects another quick night at the office.
“Yes I do,” said Anderson during a one-on-one interview with FightHype.com. “It’s never what we’re looking for, it just always happens.”
While Anderson is in no rush to speed up his development, he believes that it would be discerning if he upped his level of competition. With the heavyweight division flooded with talent, the hard-hitting Anderson has one fight in particular that he intends on watching closely.
Roughly one week following his own ring return, both Andy Ruiz Jr. and Luis Ortiz will battle it out in a PBC on FOX pay-per-view main event. If Anderson were allowed to take full autonomy over his career, he would eagerly match himself up with whoever comes out victorious on the night.
“I would gladly take the winner of that fight. I would gladly take it.”
In the case of Ruiz, he’s bounced back nicely since having his heavyweight titles stripped away from him by Anthony Joshua in 2019, winning a lopsided decision against Chris Arreola earlier this year. As for Ortiz, a pair of devastating defeats at the hands of Deontay Wilder hasn’t deterred the 43-year-old contender.
On the first day of the new year, the Cuban southpaw peeled himself up off the canvas against Charles Martin to register a sixth-round stoppage win. Although both men are aiming to extend their streak, Anderson thinks long and hard before making his prediction on what he believes is essentially a 50/50 bout.
“Andy but because of age and speed. I swear I love Ortiz to death but if age was on his side, I think Ortiz would win.”