Home Boxing News Jared Anderson tested by Charles Martin but keeps unbeaten record intact

Jared Anderson tested by Charles Martin but keeps unbeaten record intact

Jared Anderson and Charles Martin. Photo credit: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

Heavyweight prospect Jared ‘Big Baby’ Anderson 15-0 (14) overcame his first real challenge as a pro, overcoming a spirited challenge from late replacement ‘Prince’ Charles Martin 29-4-1 (26) to score a unanimous decision win at the Huntington Center in Toledo, Ohio on Saturday night.

The 23-year-old Anderson, fighting in front of his home crowd, was in control early and had the former IBF titleholder on the canvas in the third.

But southpaw Martin, 37, used his experience to navigate his way out of trouble, forcing his way back into the fight and having the undefeated Anderson in trouble in the fifth.

Finesse went out the window after that with both men banging away and while Anderson was banking the rounds, Martin was able to exploit his defensive flaws.

When the dust settled the scorecards read like a virtual whitewash with the local lad awarded the victory by scores of 98-91 and 99-90 twice.

It was the first time Anderson had been past six rounds, the second time he had been beyond four and the first time he had been taken the distance.

“I wanted to go the distance, it was my first time,” said Anderson. “I just wanted to make sure that I could go the distance and especially be able to withstand power the whole 10 rounds. He had power until the last round and I was happy to get the rounds in.”

Anderson, who wants to squeeze in two more bouts this year, said Martin’s power didn’t bother him, but he may want to shore up his defence as he steps up to tougher competition.

“I think I took his best shots very well,” said Anderson. “I don’t think there was a time in the fight where I looked unsteady or where I couldn’t hold my own. Did I feel like he got me with a good shot and stunned me? No. But do I feel like he got me with a good shot and made me aware? Yes, so I had to readjust and get back to the game plan.”

Martin, who held the IBF title briefly in 2016 before losing it to Anthony Joshua, praised his opponent for getting the better of him.

“I took the fight on 11 days’ notice. I did the best I could. He’s a real champion,” he said. “He’ll be making his way to the top soon. I’m proud of him.”

“He’s really good. He’s a crafty boxer. Usually, when I catch somebody and hurt them, I can finish them. If they don’t fall, usually I can follow up and put them away. But he is like a little middleweight. He is crafty.

“He was able to get out even when he was rocked. He was able to manoeuvre and get out the way. He’s going to be a champion.”