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Jared Anderson sees Charles Martin as just another stepping stone towards ultimate goal

Rising heavyweight prospect Jared ‘Big Baby’ Anderson 14-0 (14) is champing at the bit to face former IBF champion ‘Prince’ Charles Martin 29-3-1 (26) at the Huntington Center in Toledo, Ohio on Saturday night.

The 23-year-old, who will be fighting in his hometown, will be looking to keep his impeccable knockout streak alive with another early finish.

Southpaw Martin, 37, has only been stopped at the top level. The first time was against two-time unified champion Anthony Joshua 25-3 (22) seven years ago in a loss that cost him his IBF title, and later against perennial contender Luis ‘King Kong’ Ortiz 33-2 (28) in January last year, a fight he was leading on two of the scorecards at the time of the stoppage.

“I’m the heavyweight killer. We’re going to broaden that up. We’re stopping all of them. We’re coming through to beat everybody and anybody we need to beat,” Anderson said to FightHype.

“I’m not going to say my next fight is anybody in the top ten because there’s a lot of fighters that still don’t want to fight me, but I will say that after this fight, there’s nothing but step-ups and higher competition and stuff like that.

“I think Top Rank is moving me great and whatever they’re doing next is right and I’m ready for the journey.

“I definitely think I’ll be a southpaw slayer on Saturday night. I’m chiselling up simply because I’m maintaining my weight, but I’m eating right, I’m training right, I’m staying active. It’s not a lot of off days, although I think it should be a lot more off days, I’m looking forward to resting and doing a lot of media promotion stuff so that I can rest my body and be prepared for Saturday night.”

Anderson took time out to direct some comments towards ESPN commentator and retired former world champion Tim Bradley, who was critical of the Toledo product in the last fight against previously undefeated George Arias 18-1 (7) in April. Arias was stopped on his stool at the end of the third.

“I’m going to start off by saying I love Tim Bradley. I love you, but you’re a horrible commentator,” said Anderson.
“He’s very vice versa. He switches a lot. One minute, he’s your best friend in the ring, and the next minute, he’s your worst critic.

“I think he started off by saying that I was doing one of the best things I could be doing and then he switched and turned around. ‘Now, he’s doing this, and now he’s basically looking bad. He better get his hands up before he gets knocked out.’

“[Arias] threw a wild right hand and missed completely and he was like, ‘That’s one of them shots that he might need to get hit with before he wakes up.’ I’m like, ‘What? He just missed right past by face.’ It wasn’t even close. It didn’t hit my glove or none of that. So what made you talk like that?

“I think he might be talking some time to get the fans going and stuff. But I do think I’m more alert now than I was. That’s why in the Arias fight I took my time, used my jab and it did go to the third round. I think if I had gone barbaric and tried to knock his head off, I think it would have ended in two, but I would have looked a lot sloppier.

“It ended in the third because I took my time and used my jab and did it the right way. In the Jerry Forrest fight, I got hit in the beginning. Everybody says, ‘Can he take a punch?’ That was too huge left hands and I didn’t buckle or stumble. I switched stances and got back on my game.

“I threw a lot more punches. I got hit a few times, but it was never to the extent of one big shot. It was me throwing fifteen punches and him throwing one wild one and it barely hits me.”