Jared ‘Big Baby’ Anderson was the subject of plenty of hype ahead of his showdown vs Vladimir Tereshkin in Las Vegas on Saturday, and the results justified that hype.
The latest Top Rank heavyweight prospect is seen by many as the next big thing in the division, and he met the undefeated Tereshkin on the Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder 3 undercard at T-Mobile Arena.
Anderson once again displayed terrific potential as he blitzed the overmatched Tereshkin to improve to 10-0 as a professional with all 10 of those victories coming inside distance. His opponent falls to 22-1-1 with the loss.
Anderson shows speed and power
The opening session saw Tereshin (240lbs) on the march forward throughout, but being caught regularly with powerful counters from the slick Anderson. What he lacked in terms of size and reach, he more than made up for with speed and accuracy. Tereshkin by comparison looked ponderous and flabby at 256lbs.
Round two saw Tereshkin again lacking the footwork needed to function effectively against a smaller quicker man with power in both fists.
Anderson switched things up to go downstairs with powerful body shots, and unleashed some nice combinations as the round progressed. The key moment though came inside the final minute of the session, when a big chopping right had Tereshkin in significant trouble. As his legs stiffened on the ropes, Anderson stepped up his assault.
For a moment it looked as though Tereshkin might make it to the bell but Anderson’s power was too much. Another right landed flush to have Tereshkin looking at referee Kenny Bayless and that was enough for Bayless to step in and wave things off.
At the tender age of just 21, Anderson is a supremely exciting prospect, and America needs a top young heavyweight prospect (apart from Wilder). There s a long way to go yet, but we are excited to see what happens when he is surely stepped up in class soon.