Jared Anderson makes quick ring return, faces Andrii Rudenko on August 26
Jared Anderson looks to have a fight lined up just a few weeks after having fought the toughest fight of his career, thus far.
The unbeaten Anderson will likely face Andrii Rudenko on August 26 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The fight will air live on an ESPN platform.
Both ESPN’s Mike Coppinger and Boxingscene’s Jake Donovan were the first to break the news on the Anderson fight.
Anderson (15-0, 14 knockouts) was victorious in his last bout on July 1 in his hometown of Toledo, Ohio, knocking down former world titleholder Charles Martin once en route to a unanimous decision victory. Anderson had to hold on late in the fight as Martin hurt him with a punch to the head during the final seconds of the 10th and final round.
The 23-year-old faced Martin as a late replacement after original opponents, unbeaten Zhan Kossobutskiy of Kazakhstan, was not able to secure a visa to enter the United States
The win over Martin took place less than three months after Anderson stopped George Arias in a clash of unbeaten heavyweights. Anderson also has wins over Jerry Forrest, Oleksandr Teslenko, and Vladimir Tereshkin.
Anderson’s fight against Rudenko will mark his third fight in less than five months.
Rudenko (35-6, 21 KOs), who resides in Dnipro, Ukraine, has faced top opposition since making his pro debut in October 2016.
The 39-year-old last fought on January 28, knocking out overmatched Bojan Cestic in the second round. The win over Cestic came over a year after Rudenko was stopped by unbeaten prospect Vladyslav Sirenko.
Rudenko has lost to the likes of Zhilei Zhang, Agit Kabayel, Alexander Povetkin, and Hughie Fury. Notable wins on his record include Jason Bergman, Konstantin Airich, and Mike Mollo.
Francisco A. Salazar has written for The Ring since October 2013 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (California) Star newspaper. He can be reached at [email protected]