Unbeaten Jared Anderson To Face Zhan Kossobutskiy on July 1st in Highly Anticipated Bout

The rise of the next great American heavyweight, Jared Anderson, might have started in the fall of 2019 when he made his professional debut, but his ascent truly began during the COVID-19 pandemic, when Anderson fought four times.

The heavyweight who holds a perfect record of 14-0, with all fourteen wins coming by way of knockout. Now according to Mike Coppinger of, Anderson homecoming bout in Toledo, Ohio, rumored for July 1st, which was first reported by Keith Idec of Boxing Scene after Anderson’s last win, a stoppage of undefeated George Arias.

Zhan Kossobutskiy: A Worthy Opponent

Now for his first ever headlining attraction, Anderson, will face Zhan Kossobutskiy, an undefeated fighter from Kazakhstan, who is currently ranked eighth by the WBC in the heavyweight division. Zhan Kossobutskiy has never fought in the United States, but holds a stoppage win over former world title contender Johann Duhaupas, and Joey Dawejko.

Jared Anderson's Impressive Work Ethic

When speaking to Mickey Bey, a former world champion who worked as a second assist for his camp last month, Bey was raving about Jared Anderson as he sung his gospel like an apostle.

“I am going to say this because I used to train with Lennox Lewis, the Klitschko’s, when I was with Emanuel Steward, and [Anderson] has the best gas tank I have ever seen in a heavyweight,” explained Bey while reflecting upon Anderson during the fight week festivities for Anderson’s fight on April 8th in Newark, NJ. “He [does] the same stuff Shakur [Stevenson] is doing, and Shakur has [a really good gas tank in the ring]. [Anderson] is sparring fifteen rounds, twelve rounds, and running five miles, doing everything Shakur does, as a heavyweight [not even tired].”

An old-school boxing coach will tell you that work ethic is 75% the battle in the fight game, as talent can only take you so far, but the work you put in will significantly improve your chances against the very best in the world. In short, it sounds like a lot of heavyweights have workouts accommodated for them, whereas Anderson does the workouts of much smaller men, and keeps up. No small feat.

“He is like Riddick Bowe, but he has that thud like [George] Foreman,” said Bey when talking about the power of Anderson. “It is hard to get sparring. You have to keep switching guys, every round or two.”

Though Anderson skipped the Olympics to turn pro it is undeniable that out of all of the young heavyweights, which we don’t have that many - Anderson is the one people are most hopeful about. In five to ten years time, Anderson very well could be the face of boxing given his ability to balance entertainment in-and-out of the ring with the ability to knock people out, which is a proven draw at the box office. The big question now becomes, what elder statesmen of the heavyweight division will afford him that opportunity. When speaking to fellow Toledo, Ohio pro boxer and undefeated 130 lbs. contender Albert Bell, he felt that the ages will be such that Anderson will have trouble fighting the modern greats, given that when it is [Jared Anderson’s] time most of the famous heavyweight will have retired.

Bey's Bold Predictions for Jared Anderson

Bey believes that if Anderson were to face many of the top heavyweight he would beat them right now.

“[Anderson] stops Daniel Dubois right now,” stated Mickey Bey, with no doubt in his mind. “I am talking about even the best ones like I wouldn’t be surprised if he could knock [Oleksandr] Usyk out, give him one more year, he will run through Usyk, and in two more fights he beats Anthony Joshua, easily.”

The heavyweight trained by Darrie Riley seemingly has the world at his fingertips now it comes down to how he performs as the star of the show.

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