Jared Anderson has graduated from being a co-feature as his fight on April 8th, at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, might be the last time you ever see Anderson on undercard again.
According to Keith Idec of BoxingScene.com, Anderson will return after his third round technical knockout of George Arias on July 1st, in his hometown of Toledo, Ohio. The bout will be televised by ESPN with Anderson headlining the card against a yet-to-be-named opponent at the Huntington Center in Toledo, Ohio, a venue that can hold more than 8,000 fans. Besides winning all of his fourteen fights by way of knockout, Anderson’s opponents are not dumb and understand a huge risk comes with fighting Anderson, hence they want money - more money is given to all parties involved when dealing with a main event fight. At this point, it appears the promotion views this as the logical next step.
Anderson, who is being viewed as the most promising U.S. heavyweight since Deontay Wilder and drawing comparisons to a legends such as Lennox Lewis, from one of his assistant coaches, Mickey Bey - appears to view himself that highly as well.
“I’m the best heavyweight in the world,” furthered Anderson when explaining stopping George Arias in three rounds. “I made that look easy man because he helped me make it look easy. He wasn’t throwing punches for real. I kept my defense right. My jab was on point. It was an easy night.”
Last week, Bey told ProBoxTV that he believes Anderson will easily beat Anthony Joshua in two fights, and it was clear after a stoppage of a tough opponent, Anderson is campaigning for the big names in the division.
“I want those top names. I want those top contenders. Everybody who keeps calling people out, put my name on the list now,” said Anderson after his fight on Saturday night. “I’m not ducking. I’m not running. And you goin’ to catch this smoke.”