top of page

PREVIEW: Jared Anderson vs Andriy Rudenko

Photo by Sam Michael Ham/TGB Promotions

Heavyweight prospect and rising contender Jared “Big Baby” Anderson will return to the ring for the second time in two months on Saturday night, when he faces off against Andriy Rudenko in a 10-round contest. The bout will headline an ESPN/ESPN+ card from the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Anderson (15-0, 14 KO) was last in the ring July 1, when he outpointed former titleholder Charles Martin in what was his biggest test to that point. Although he was stunned by Martin in the fifth round, he managed to pass the test with flying colors, winning a lopsided decision on the judges' scorecards.

Some boxing fans may remember Rudenko (35-6, 21 KO) for his bouts against the likes of Zhilei Zhang, Alexander Povetkin and Agit Kabayel. And while he’s shared the ring with a considerable amount of heavyweight talent, he’s come up short anytime he’s gotten a big opportunity, and continues to serve more as a gatekeeper for future stars. He’s also been quite inactive recently, with just five fights in four years. Anderson on the other hand, has fought five times since late 2021.

Photo by Mark Robinson

It would be difficult to imagine Anderson losing this one, coming into the Saturday night’s matchup as a -3300 betting favorite, per If victorious against Rudenko, it’ll only be a matter of time before fans start clamoring for Anderson to test his abilities against a legitimate top contender.

Fighter’s Form (last 5 fights):

Jared Anderson

Charles Martin - WIN by UD (99-90, 99-90, 99-91) - 01/07/2023

George Arias - WIN by TKO after 3 - 08/04/2023

Jerry Forrest - WIN by TKO 2 - 10/12/2022

Miljan Rovcanin - WIN by KO 2 - 27/08/2022

Oleksandr Teslenko - WIN by TKO 2 - 11/12/2021

Andriy Rudenko

Bojan Cestic - WIN by TKO 2 - 28/01/2023

Vladyslav Sirenko - LOSS by TKO 6 - 18/12/2021

Andrea Pesce - WIN by UD (80-72, 80-72, 80-72) - 30/07/2021

Kostiantyn Dovbyshcenko - WIN by UD (100-91, 100-92, 99-91) - 20/09/2020

Zhilei Zhang - LOSS by UD (99-91, 98-92, 97-93) - 30/11/2019

Event Information:

Date: August 26th, 2023

Time: 3:30 am (GMT), 7:30 pm (PT), 10:30 pm (ET)

Venue: Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA

Channel: ESPN/ESPN+

Elsewhere on the card

The co-main event will feature heavyweight contender Efe Ajagba (17-1, 13 KO) against Zhan Kossobutskiy (19-0, 18 KO) in a 10-rounder. Also on the card is Bakhodir Jalolov (12-0, 12 KO) stepping in against Onoriode Ehwarieme (20-2, 19 KO) in an eight-round heavyweight bout.

bottom of page