Jared Anderson, America’s top heavyweight prospect, would welcome a fight with Britain’s Daniel Dubois.
Anderson is determined to climb the world heavyweight ranks. “I’d like to fight a lot of people,” he said Sky Sports.
“Filip Hrgovic, Carlos Takam, Daniel Dubois, there’s a million names I could name, a lot of different people. All the contenders, the prospects, all the ones coming up, Luis Ortiz, Andy Ruiz, all of them, anyone. I like to fight anyone.”
Of Dubois he said: “I love that fight. I saw his fight with Joe Joyce, I saw why he lost. He’s still a good fighter though.
“You can’t count him out. I believe I beat him pretty well if I don’t stop him.”
Anderson boxed last month, stopping Miljan Rovcan in just two rounds to maintain his perfect 12-0 (12) record. But he knows there is room for improvement.
“I gave myself a C+, maybe a B- at most,” he said of his final performance.
“I know my abilities and what I’m good at,” Anderson continued. “I think I have a lot more room to grow and a lot more to achieve.”
However, he is convinced he has something no heavyweight can match. “They see that I do it from different positions. You can’t put a style on me or anything like that. I’m different. I tell people all the time. I’m just different. I don’t know how to explain it, I’m different”, he said.
“I can’t put anything in my style, I’m fast, I’m explosive and I like to fight.”
Anderson wants to move to the top of the division sooner rather than later. But the 22-year-old doesn’t expect the current crop of heavyweights to still be there once they reach that level.
“Everybody is in their 30s. Everybody who has titles or previous titleholder in the last five years is old. So I don’t see anybody unless they stick around for the next two or three years. But I see everybody trying to retire or talking about retirement. It doesn’t really seem like anybody’s going to be there,” he said.
“Especially not, seeing me coming.”
A bright hope for America
Top Rank President Todd duBoef believes Jared Anderson will become the best heavyweight in the US.
“To have a guy like Jared come out and have this kind of ability and athleticism and mind and personality, it’s awesome,” he said. Sky Sports.
“I think he’s a bright hope for America, but he’s also a bright hope for what the world would love, which is a great heavyweight champion and for those charismatic guys to be a** “The world’s worst heavyweights. It always brings great attention to the whole sport.”
Anderson will be ready for a world title shot, but not yet.
“I think he can be talked about that way in the future,” duBoef said. “Our team and our players say, ‘Hey, he’s young, he’s got great hand speed, good power, good IQ, but he still needs experience.’
“He’s got to, as they say, come off the bench in the seventh and eighth rounds and figure out how he’s doing with his conditioning and what it’s like when the guy is dealing with the big shots.
“You can’t knock everybody out with a right hand in two rounds and think you’re going to have a good job when you’re 12.
“It’s part of the process, I think the next 10-12 months will be a real test and then we can say ‘is he ready?’
“Skill-wise he’s probably a top-10 heavyweight, but development-wise it’s ‘is he there yet?’
“He hasn’t gone through those extra rounds and extra distance to give him a foothold and that’s what we have to do now.”