Anderson KO's Rudenko In 5
Photos: Mikey Williams - Top Rank
Heavyweight knockout artist Jared ďThe Real Big BabyĒ
Anderson made it Sweet 16 tonight.
The 23-year-old fighting pride of Toledo, Ohio, defeated
Ukrainian contender Andriy Rudenko (35-7, 21 KOs) via
fifth-round TKO Saturday evening at Hard Rock Hotel &
Anderson (16-0, 15 KOs) took control of the fight in the
opening round with sharp jabs and combinations to the
body. Rudenko, who was frustrated with Andersonís
offense, began to grab him by the back of his head to
prevent the onslaught.
In the third, Anderson teed off with a relentless attack
to the body, but Rudenko survived, partly aided by his
continual headlocks. In the fifth round, Rudenko was
finally deducted a point, but another flurry from
Anderson forced referee Gary Ritter to end the fight at
ďIím enjoying the ride, enjoying the fights, and just
doing my job,Ē Anderson said. ďI was sending a statement
to myself. Iím fighting for myself, and Iím fighting for
my family. As much as people want to hate on me for it,
Iím a realist. Iím going to stay real and be real. And
Iím going to say whatís on my mind. Yaíll can take it
how yaíll want. This is a business. This is a sport. Iím
just doing my job. Take it how you want. You canít force
me to be somebody yaíll want me to be. Iím going to be
myself. And Iím going to be that till the end.Ē
Ajagba Wins via DQ against Kossobutskiy
Nigerian contender Efe Ajagba (18-1, 13 KOs) was
planning on using his reach and height advantages to
take Zhan Kossobutskiy (19-1, 18 KOs) to deep waters in
tonightís co-feature. But several low blows from the
Kazakh-born southpaw forced referee Chris Flores to
disqualify him in the fourth round.
Ajagba, who was coming off two victories after suffering
his first loss in 2021, worked off a piston-like jab as
Kossobutskiy tried to cut the distance by leaning
forward with a high guard throwing occasional arm
In the second round, Ajagba himself landed a low blow
before hurting Kossobutskiy with a shot to the chin.
However, Kossobutskiy returned the favor with several
low blows in the third round and was deducted two
Another low blow in the fourth round forced the referee
to end matters for good.
Featherweight: Undefeated Brooklyn native Bruce "Shu Shu"
Carrington (9-0, 5 KOs) authored a one-sided points
victory against Mexicoís Angel Antonio Contreras
(13Ė7-2, 7 KOs) after eight rounds of action. Carrington
controlled outside and at close range, using his high
guard to catch and shoot on the inside and working off a
stiff jab to the body. Scores: 80-72 and 79-73 2x.
Heavyweight: Tulsa-born standout Jeremiah Milton (11-0,
7 KOs) dominated Craig Lewis (15-7-2, 8 KOs) en route to
an eight-round unanimous decision win. Milton nearly
stopped Lewis in the opening round, and he used his high
guard to set up combinations that sent Lewis reeling
from pillar to post. Lewis, however, stayed upright to
the final bell. Scores: 80-72 and 79-72 2x.
Middleweight: Sona Akale (8-1, 4 KOs) scored an upset
majority decision win after six highly competitive
rounds against Nico Ali Walsh (8-1, 5 KOs). Ali Walsh
landed uppercuts and hooks that wobbled Akale, but the
Cameroon-born Akale edged rounds based on pressure to
secure the victory. Scores: 57-57 and 58-56 2x.
Lightweight: 19-year-old southpaw prodigy Abdullah Mason
(10-0, 9 KOs) overcame his toughest challenge to date
with a six-round unanimous decision win over rugged
Colombian Cesar Villarraga (10-8-1, 5 KOs). Scores:
Welterweight: Kazakh Olympian Ablaikhan Zhussupov (4-0,
3 KOs) defeated Nicaraguan-born veteran Wiston Campos
(33-12-6, 19 KOs) via fifth-round TKO. Zhussupov dropped
Campos in the fourth round. Camposí corner threw in the
towel in the following round. Time of stoppage: 2:52.
Junior Lightweight: Filipino contender Charly Suarez
(16-0, 9 KOs) earned a 10-round unanimous decision
victory against Yohan Vasquez (25-4, 20 KOs). Scores:
98-92 2x and 97-93.
Heavyweight: Uzbek Olympic gold medalist Bakhodir
Jalolov (13-0, 13 KOs) made a successful Top Rank debut
by stopping Onoriode Ehwarieme (20-3, 19 KOs) in the
first round. Time of stoppage: 2:06.