Jared Anderson takes on Zhan Kossobutskiy in what looks like an interesting heavyweight contest at the Huntington Center in Toledo, Ohio.
Anderson is unbeaten in 14 professional contests and Big Baby will have a home Toledo crowd on side at the Huntington Centre.
Kossobutskiy is also undefeated in 19 pro bouts, but the Kazakhstan banger is considered a 4/1 outsider on his trip to Ohio.
Anderson is 1/6 to record a 15th straight victory, and while there are good wins over Jerry Forrest and George Arias on the 23-year-old's card, this represents an excellent opportunity to make an impact on the heavy-hitting scene.
Here is everything you need to know ahead of the heavyweight contest
|What||Jared Anderson v Zhan Kossobutskiy|
|Where||Huntington Center, Ohio.|
|When||Saturday, July 1st, 2023|
|How to watch||Sky Sports|
|Odds||Jared Anderson 1/6, Zhan Kossobutskiy 4/1|
The fight will take place on Saturday, July 1st, 2023.
The card is expected to get underway at midnight UK time. The feature event between Anderson and Kossobutskiy is likely to start at 04:00. Exact times will depend on the duration of previous undercard bouts.
The bout will take place at the Huntingdon Centre in Toledo, Ohio. The 8,000-seat multi-purpose arena cost $105m to build and was opened in 2009.
The venue has hosted concerts from music stars such as Janet Jackson, Elton John and Lil' Wayne and it is also the home to the Toledo Walleye ice hockey team.
Anderson can count on plenty of support in his home town of Toledo and it will be interesting to see how much of an impact the crowd can have on this contest.
The fight will be shown live on Sky Sports in the UK. The broadcast will also take in the bout between Arslanbek Makhmudov v Raphael Akpejiori on the undercard and the live action gets underway at 02:00am. Anderson’s fan-friendly style should ensure that this contest is worth staying up for.
There are no belts on the line in Ohio, but Anderson gets the opportunity to headline a fight card for the first time.
Big Baby is ranked at number seven in the world by the WBO and number 11 by both the WBC and WBA and this is a good opportunity to move further up the pecking order as he targets future title bouts.
Anderson has won all of his 14 professional contests, with all of those coming by stoppage. The majority of those bouts have been low-key fights, but Big Baby has been on some big fight cards and there is some substance to the record.
The 23-year-old has recorded good wins over Forrest and Arias and the second-round stoppage victory over the former reads well, given the durability Slugger has shown when going the distance with the likes of Kubrat Pulev, Michale Hunter, Zhilei Zhang and Carlos Takam.
Anderson landed 54 of the 111 punches that he threw against Forrest and that all-action fan-friendly style should serve the Toledo man well.
Kossobutskiy has won all of his 19 professional fights, with 18 of those coming by stoppage. The Kazakhstan man is an interesting contender, in that he didn’t turn pro until 2017, and the 34-year-old is running out of time to make a serious impact in the heavyweight division.
The big-punching Kazakh faced former WBC world title challenger Johann Duhaupas for the vacant WBC International heavyweight title last year, Kossobutskiy got the job done and that was followed by a victory over Hussein Muhamed in Germany.
Arslanbek Makhmudov will battle Raphael Akpejiori in another heavyweight clash that serves as the co-feature event.