By Sam Volz: Top Rank heavyweight prospect Jared Anderson predicts a knockout over his opponent journeyman Jerry Forrest in their 10-round bout this Saturday, December 10th, on ESPN at Madison Square Garden in New York.
The #15 WBC-ranked Anderson (12-0, 12 KOs), who gained fame as a sparring partner for champion Tyson Fury, will be looking to pick up his 13th consecutive knockout since he started his pro career in 2019.
Anderson was a good amateur in the U.S. but nothing out of this world. His promoter Bob Arum has talked him up, saying he’s a future world champion.
It’s going to take time and a lot of clever matchmaking for Arum to maneuver the 6’4″ Anderson into a position to win a world title because he’s not a huge puncher, and he doesn’t react well when getting hit.
“It’s becoming a normality,” said Jared Anderson, boasting to Fighthype about how he’s becoming accustomed to knockout out all his opponents. “I’m happy to get those knockouts. I wish the fights were a little bit longer.
Jared Anderson’s recent wins
“It’s becoming normal to be now. It’s becoming part of my identity to fight on ESPN, getting those big fights. Hopefully, we get those bigger fights to get those bigger names to take it out of the normal stage to get me out of my box.
“Do I think it’s likely he makes it the distance? No, I do not. Do I think it’s possible? Without a doubt. He can take a huge shot. We seen that against Pulev, which I think was a detrimental fight to his career.
“I think he took a lot of punishment in that fight,” said Jared Anderson about his opponent, journeyman Jerry Forrest this Saturday night.
“I’m just different. I got to the body; I change things up. I change levels, and I keep constant pressure. Even if I’m not hitting you, I’m in your face, making you think about what I got to do next.
“I don’t see him making the distance, but it’s always possible. If he does, I salute him. Now that the WBC has put me in the top 15 of the rankings, I think I can see a lot bigger fights than I was expecting than last time. Hopefully, we can make those fights,” said Anderson.