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Jared Anderson secures hometown headline slot against unbeaten Kossobutskiy on July 1 in Ohio

One of the most exciting prospects in boxing, Jared ‘Big Baby’ Anderson will headline a card in front of his hometown fans, when he faces the biggest test of his promising career to date against fellow unbeaten heavyweight Zhan Kossobutskiy on July 1 at the Huntington Center in Toledo, Ohio.

“Jared Anderson is a proud son of Toledo, and we are thrilled to bring Top Rank and ESPN to the ‘Glass City’,” said Top Rank chairman Bob Arum.

“Ever since Jared turned pro, we have set our sights on Toledo as a fight destination. He is now the best young heavyweight in the world, and the time was right to bring ‘The Real Big Baby’ home. Zhan Kossobutskiy is a ferocious puncher in his own right, and I expect an action-packed fight in front of a raucous, sold-out Huntington Center crowd.”

The charismatic 23 year old Anderson [14-0, 14 KO’s] has been on a tear through boxings showcase division since his debut back in 2019. He has stopped every opponent who has stepped in the ring with him, and has won the NABF Junior heavyweight title, the WBC United States heavyweight title and the WBO International heavyweight title.

Last month, Anderson took only three rounds to dispatch another undefeated operator in the form of George Arias at New Jerseys Prudential Center. Now, as he headlines a big card for the first time in his career, Big Baby Anderson will look to put on a show for the partisan Ohio crowd, as he aims to prove what many fans have believed since early on in his career, that he is the undoubted heir to the heavyweight throne currently occupied by Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk.

Anderson said, “To my family, friends, and fans in Toledo, I cannot wait to come home. This is a dream come true. Trust me, I am going to put on a show for you all. The support of my city has pushed me my entire career, and I know everyone will be in my corner on July 1.”

His opponent in the summer main event, Zhan Kossobutskiy [19-0, 18 KO’s], is on a mission of his own to surge towards the summit of the heavyweight division. A professional since 2017, the Kazakhstan native has yet to taste defeat in a so far unblemished career. Back in May of 2022, Kossobutskiy registered the biggest victory of his career to date, as he stopped former world title challenger Johann Duhaupas in Germany. Now, the 34 year old will hope to produce a big upset to derail the red hot momentum of Anderson and stake his own claim for heavyweight domination heading into the next couple of years.

Kossobutskiy said, “The fact that this fight will take place in the United States, in my opponent’s hometown, will make this fight interesting. I like to box strong opponents. Such fights are needed in the heavyweight division. I haven’t watched his fights. They say that he is good, but we will analyze him in the process of my fight preparation.”

Also on the card in the co-main event slot, it is another battle of the heavy handed, unbeaten heavyweights, as Arslanbek Makhmudov [16-0, 15 KO’s] takes on Raphael Akpeijori [15-0, 14 KO’s].

Makhmudov said, “Fighting for the first time in the United States, the Mecca of boxing, represents a major opportunity for me, not only because it will give me a chance to showcase my talent on the world stage, but also because it brings me one step closer to my dream of becoming a world champion. I’ve been dedicating my life to boxing, putting all the hard work and sacrifices for this moment. I’m ready. I want to fight the best, and I’m ready to give a great show to the boxing fans all over the world.”

“I do not expect this to be an easy fight, but I have prepared for this moment for a long time.” said Akpeijori.

I’m used to the hard work. I’m used to the adversity, the obstacles, and the pain. This is just another chapter, and I am more than ready for it. This is an opportunity to represent the African continent on a global scale, and I do not intend to disappoint.”

Unbeaten former Olympian Tiger Johnson [8-0, 5 KO’s], DeAndre Ware [15-4-2, 9 KO’s], Dante Benjamin Jr. [6-0, 4 KO’s], Husam Al Mashhadi [6-0, 5 KO’s], and Jahi Tucker [10-0, 5 KO’s] will also all feature on the undercard.

Anderson-Kossobutskiy and Makhmudov-Akpejiori will be broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+ at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT., while tickets will go on sale for the event today.

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