Jared Anderson can establish himself as America’s top heavyweight in 2022 and will eventually take over the entire division, says his promoter Bob Arum.
The prodigious Anderson returns to the ring live on Sky Sport in the early hours of Sunday morning with the aim of making an impression against Oleksandr Teslenko.
Asked whether Anderson could replace Deontay Wilder or Andy Ruiz Jr as America’s most dangerous heavyweight next year, Top Rank promoter Arum told Sky Sports: “I certainly believe that is the case.
“This comes from authority by none other than Tyson Fury, with whom Jared was a sparring partner for Deontay Wilder’s two fights.
“Next year Jared will be fighting against big names.
“He’s a young man, he’s only 22 and I think he’s the future of the heavyweight division.
“Jared has great skills but also great habits. He is an athlete in the true sense of the word.”
Ohio extraordinary Anderson has already gone to single elimination in each of his first 10 fights.
John, the father of WBC heavyweight champion Fury, after watching Anderson train with his son, told Sky Sports: “I think it might be the next big thing when Tyson is gone.
“But the boy is alone [22 years old]. He still has some work to do.
“He’s the only one who stands out for me. All these other guys? They’re all on the same level.”
Anderson was brought into the Fury camp when he was still a teenager as a sparring partner to emulate Wilder.
“If you can hit me, then you have some speed and technique,” Anderson told Sky Sports at the time.
“He knew that if he could hit me, he definitely could hit Wilder.”
He has since built a captivating record which includes a sublime display of skill and power with a knockout over Kingsley Ibeh.
Anderson explained to Sky Sports how Fury personally praised him: “He said, ‘I really think you’ll take my place.’ He’s definitely told me a few times.”
Competition will increase over the next 12 months if Anderson continues his rapid rise.
He warned future rivals of Fury’s prediction: “They can pay attention or they can be run over.
“Listen to what he said.
“Make money with other fighters or get hit”.
He said of his style: “My speed and my IQ. Obviously I’m not the tallest guy or the strongest guy.
“With the 10oz gloves on? People will see some power too. But the speed and IQ are what stand out the most.”
Sky Sport Boxing Program
Sunday 12 December – Top Rank in New York
Vasiliy Lomachenko against Richard Commey
Jared Anderson vs Oleksandr Teslenko
Nico Ali Walsh
Sunday 18 December – Top Rank in Montreal
Artur Beterbiev vs. Marcus Browne – IBF and WBC light heavyweight titles
Saturday 29 January – BOXXER in Cardiff
Chris Eubank Jr versus Liam Williams
Claressa Shields vs Ema Kozin – IBF, WBA and WBC middleweight titles
Saturday 19th February – BOXXER in Manchester – Sky Sports Box Office
Amir Khan vs Kell Brook
Saturday 26 February – Top Rank in Glasgow
Josh Taylor vs Jack Catterall – undisputed superlight titles