NEW YORK – Jared Anderson has spent many rounds in the ring with Tyson Fury.
The emerging knockout artist was Fury’s primary sparring partner for Fury’s second and third fights with Deontay Wilder. Based on his intimate knowledge of Fury and what he has seen of Oleksandr Usyk, Anderson anticipates an interesting fight if the undefeated champions meet next for all of boxing’s heavyweight titles, but a bout that Fury eventually will take over in its second half.
“If the Fury-Usyk fight happens next, I got my money on Fury, if I’m being honest,” Anderson told BoxingScene.com. “He’s too big, too smart of a fighter. With the advantages as far as height and size and weight, it’s just too much. Do I think Usyk will put up a great fight? Yeah, I think it will be a great fight up until the seventh or eighth round. Then, just Tyson using his size and his weight and everything against him, I think it’s gonna kinda derail the fight.”
The 34-year-old Fury indicated after his domination and 10th-round stoppage of Dereck Chisora on Saturday night at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London that he’ll need minor surgery to repair his right elbow. The WBC champion stated that he hurt his hands on Chisora’s hard head as well.
Those injuries could push Fury-Usyk back later into 2023, but Usyk sat ringside Saturday night and went face-to-face with Fury on the ring apron after Fury stopped London’s Chisora (33-13, 23 KOs). All indications are that England’s Fury (33-0-1, 24 KOs) and Ukraine’s Usyk (20-0, 13 KOs), who owns the IBF, IBO, WBA and WBO titles, want to fight each other next to determine the first fully unified heavyweight champion of the four-belt era.
Anderson, meanwhile, will face Jerry Forrest on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden.
The 23-year-old Anderson (12-0, 12 KOs), of Toledo, Ohio, is listed by Caesars Sportsbook as a 25-1 favorite to defeat Forrest. The 34-year-old Forrest (26-5-2, 20 KOs) is the most experienced, proven opponent Anderson will have boxed, however, in his three-year pro career.
“His record speaks for itself,” Anderson said during a press conference Thursday at Madison Square Garden. “His resume speaks for itself, been in there with some of the best, going the distance with some of the best.”
ESPN will air Anderson-Forrest as its 10-round co-feature. Teofimo Lopez (17-1, 13 KOs), a former lightweight champion from Brooklyn, will oppose Spanish southpaw Sandor Martin (40-2, 13 KOs) in the 10th round main event, a WBC 140-pound elimination match.
ESPN’s four-bout broadcast is scheduled to start at 9 p.m. ET.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.