Anderson vs Rudenko - ESPN+ - Aug. 26 - 10:30 pm ET

Anderson vs Rudenko – ESPN+ – Aug. 26 – 10:30 pm ET

Boxing Tonight: Anderson-Rudenko will be broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+ at 10:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. PT

Jared Anderson, with an unbeaten record of 15 wins, 14 by way of knockout, will be back in action against Ukrainian powerhouse Andriy Rudenko. The main event is scheduled for Saturday, August 26, under the bright lights of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa. This isn’t Anderson’s first firtst fight of 2023; he’s making his third appearance, hot on the heels of his recent win over previous world champion Charles Martin, cheered on by a 7,234 strong crowd in his own backyard of Toledo.

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  • Date : Saturday, August 26
  • Time : 10.30 p.m. ET / 3.30 a.m. BST
  • The fight will take place at the Hard Rock Casino in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
  • The fight will be available LIVE on ESPN+ in the U.S.
  • Sky Sports will broadcast the fight in the UK.

Top Rank’s head honcho, Bob Arum, has high hopes for Anderson, hinting at a future where he sports the heavyweight championship belt. He points out that Rudenko, the experienced fox, will be a tough nut to crack. Arum promises an electric atmosphere for the fans at Hard Rock Tulsa.

Since turning pro in 2019, Anderson has climbed the ranks with a rapid pace. He sent his first 14 opponents packing in six rounds or less, with Jerry Forrest and undefeated talents like George Arias and Vladimir Tereshkin in his hit list. On July 1, Anderson debuted as a pro in Toledo, walking away with a unanimous decision against Martin after 10 intense rounds. Currently sitting 7th in the WBO and 9th in the WBC rankings, Anderson is aiming for the division’s big guns.

Anderson isn’t here just to play ball; he’s aiming to dominate. He respects Rudenko’s achievements, but sends a clear message: come August 26 at Hard Rock Tulsa, Rudenko’s going to wish he’d never stepped into the ring.

Rudenko, a seasoned veteran with a record of 35-6 (21 KOs) at 39 years old, had a flawless 24-0 record before losing to undefeated hopefuls Lucas Browne and Hughie Fury. Rudenko, however, bounced back with seven back-to-back wins and bagged his first regional title. Recently, he’s been giving the sport’s heavyweights a real challenge, albeit falling short in decisions against previous world champ Alexander Povetkin, current European champ Agit Kabayel, and top shot Zhilei “Big Bang” Zhang.

Rudenko sees this as a golden opportunity, stating, “I’m heading to Tulsa with the aim of causing a major upset. I’m dedicating this fight to the people of Ukraine, and I can’t wait to prove I’ve still got the chops to go head-to-head with the best.”

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Saturday, August 26 is set to be an electrifying day at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tulsa, as Nigerian powerhouse Efe Ajagba goes head-to-head with Kazakhstani southpaw Zhan Kossobutskiy. The match promises an adrenaline-filled 10 rounds of pure action. And it’s just a warm-up for the high-stakes heavyweight confrontation between Jared Anderson and Andriy Rudenko.

Adding to the excitement, the evening will see Uzbek Olympic gold medalist Bakhodir Jalolov step into the ring against Nigeria’s Onoriode Ehwarieme for his first appearance under the Top Rank banner. Expect a mesmerizing eight rounds from these two promising talents.

Ajagba, fondly remembered as the 2016 Nigerian Olympian, has a solid reputation as a knockout machine. Despite a stumble against Frank Sanchez in October 2021, he’s bounced back and has continued to thrill audiences with his power and precision.

Then there’s Kossobutskiy, an impeccable southpaw with a formidable track record. He’s a seasoned boxer who doesn’t often let matches go the distance, so keep an eye out for his knockout punches.

The thrilling lineup continues with the undefeated Jalolov, whose Olympic glory and undefeated professional streak make him a must-watch. His aggressive boxing style promises an engaging spectacle.

And let’s not forget the promising undercard streamed on ESPN+, where we’ll see some of the sport’s brightest rising stars in action. Among them are featherweight Bruce “Shu Shu” Carrington, middleweight prospect Nico Ali Walsh – the grandson of the legendary Muhammad Ali – and 19-year-old prodigy Abdullah Mason. And, to top it off, Filipino Olympian Charly Suarez and Kazakh Olympian Ablaikhan Zhussupov are set to deliver captivating performances.

Jared Anderson

“Following my last fight, getting back on track felt almost effortless. There’s never truly a stop for us. Maybe a brief pause, a week at most, but then we’re back, honing our craft, energizing our spirits. Everything feels just right. We’re fired up and ready to deliver.”

“My coaches have seen something in me since I was only eight, training me as if I was one of the lightweights. That training has become a part of me, a natural rhythm I follow every time I’m in the ring.”

“This Saturday, expect to see me at my best, my strategy in full force. My jab, my speed – they’re all part of my winning formula. I’ll remain true to myself because greatness is in my nature.”

Andriy Rudenko

“As we celebrate Ukrainian Independence Day today, we stand tall, grateful for our courageous soldiers, proud to represent our brave nation. It’s an honor that fills me with glory.”

“Being in the United States, preparing for a professional fight here, is a realization of my dreams. It’s a milestone I’ve longed for ever since I began my career.”

“I’m aware of the challenge ahead; my opponent is among the best heavyweight prospects. But come Saturday, my plans will unfold, and you’ll witness what I’m capable of.”

Efe Ajagba

“This fight is monumental for me, and I’ve pushed my limits in training, leaving no room for error. Though I respect his skills, my resolve to win is unwavering.”

“I extend my gratitude to him for taking up this fight. My rigorous training reflects my determination. This Saturday, I’ll prove my worth.”

Zhan Kossobutskiy

“I’ve yearned for this opportunity for ages. Making my debut on ESPN is a big leap in my career.”

“I’m thrilled about this fight. Facing tough opponents has not only shaped me but also prepared me for what’s coming next. Saturday will be a testament to our strength.”

Nico Ali Walsh

“Our training camp was a crucible of growth. We worked on head movement, defense, and resilience. I’m known for taking a punch, but now I’m focusing on avoiding it and still striking back. This new approach is exciting, and I’m eager to demonstrate my evolution.”

Jeremiah Milton

“Every fight has been a stepping stone, a learning experience, pushing me up the rankings. I’ve been making waves in the heavyweight division, and it feels incredible.”

“This is my turf, and we’ve got heavyweights ready to impress. Tulsa loves thrilling knockouts, and they adore outstanding performances. That’s exactly what they’ll get.”

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Jared Anderson -Andriy Rudenko undercard

  • (ESPN, ESPN Deportes & ESPN+, 10:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. PT)

        •  Jared Anderson 239.6 lbs. vs. Andriy Rudenko 244.3 lbs
    (Anderson’s WBC USA & WBO International Heavyweight Titles – 10 Rounds)

       •   Efe Ajagba 236.5 lbs vs. Zhan Kossobutskiy 234.4 lbs
    (Heavyweight — 10 Rounds)

    (ESPN+, 6:50 p.m. ET/3:50 p.m. PT)

    •  Bruce Carrington 126.7 lbs  vs. Angel Antonio Contreras 126.8 lbs 
     (Featherweight — 8 Rounds)

    •    Jeremiah Milton 254.4 lbs  vs. Craig Lewis 260.4 lbs 
     (Heavyweight — 8 Rounds)

    •    Nico Ali Walsh 159.1 lbs  vs. Sona Akale 157.9 lbs 
     (Middleweight — 6 Rounds)

    •  Abdullah Mason 134.9 lbs  vs. Cesar Villarraga  134.7 lbs 
     (Lightweight — 6 Rounds)

    •  Ablaikhan Zhussupov 149.7 lbs vs. Wiston Campos 149.8 lbs
     (Welterweight — 8/6 Rounds)

    •   Charly Suarez 130.6 lbs vs. Yohan Vasquez 129.6 lbs 
     (Junior Lightweight— 10 Rounds)

    (Top Rank YouTube Channel, 6:15 p.m. ET/3:15 p.m. PT)

    •   Bakhodir Jalolov 253.6 lbs vs. Onoriode Ehwarieme 224.9 lbs 
     (Heavyweight— 8 Rounds)

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  • Date: Aug 26 2023
  • Time: 10:30 PM - 11:50 PM


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