Less than two after a relatively underwhelming performance against Charles Martin, Jared Anderson returned to the ring against Andriy Rudenko and throttled him behind a ruthless body assault to a definitive fifth round TKO victory n the main event at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Anderson (16-0, 15 KOs) went the distance against Martin on July 1 and skeptics wondered if the hard-hitting 23-year-old was ready to take the next step in being a future heavyweight title contender.
He silenced those skeptics with a scintillating performance that showed new wrinkles in his game and the durable Rudenko (35-7) had absolutely no answers for. Anderson cut angles early, steering clear of Rudenko’s wide punches and opening punching windows to the body.
The assault to the torso was a violent one to the tune of Anderson landing 72 of 141 punches to the body as Rudenko could do little more than cover up and hold. The ultra violent barrage never let up as Anderson looked to be the first to knock out Rudenko, whose only stoppage loss was on a technicality.
With the Ukrainian offering little to nothing in return, Anderson cranked up the pressure in the fifth round a pelted his opponent with a wicked series of body shots. Rudenko fell into the ropes and dropped his hands, which allowed “The Real Big Baby” to rip power shots to the head until he got the stoppage at the 1:40 mark.
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“I was sending a statement to myself. I’m fighting for myself, and I’m fighting for my family,” Anderson said in response to his naysayers. “As much as people want to hate on me for it, I’m a realist. I’m going to stay real and be real. And I’m going to say what’s on my mind. Ya’ll can take it how ya’ll want. This is a business. This is a sport. I’m just doing my job.
“Take it how you want. You can’t force me to be somebody ya’ll want me to be. I’m going to be myself. And I’m going to be that till the end.”
Jared Anderson vs. Andriy Rudenko full card results
- Jared Anderson def. Andriy Rudenko 5th round TKO (1:40)
- Efe Ajagba def. Zhan Kossobutskiy via DQ (low blows)
- Bruce Carrington def. Angel Antonio Contreras via unanimous decision (80-72, 79-73 & 79-73)
- Jeremiah Milton def. Craig Lewis via unanimous decision (80-72, 79-72 & 79-72)
- Bathodir Jalolov def. Onoriode Ehwarieme via 1st round TKO (2:06)
- Sona Akale def. Nico Ali Walsh via majority decision (58-56, 58-56 & 57-57)
- Abdullah Mason def. Cesar Villarraga via unanimou decision (60-54, 60-54 & 60-54)
- Charly Suarez def. Yohan Vasquez via unanimous decision (98-92, 98-92 & 97-93
- Ablaikhan Zhussupov def. Wiston Campos via 5th round TKO (2:52)