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Jared Anderson returns to knockout form against Andrii Rudenko, Efe Ajagba beats Zhan Kossobutskiy by DQ

Jared Anderson. Photo credit: Getty Images

Hot heavyweight contender Jared ‘Big Baby’ Anderson 16-0 (15) delivered a polished performance to veteran Andrii Rudenko 35-7 (21) in five rounds at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Saturday night.

The 23-year-old from Toledo, Ohio received criticism for his performance in his last fight when he was forced to go the distance for the first time in his four-year pro career against former IBF heavyweight champion Charles Martin 29-4-1 (26), a southpaw.

Martin was down in round three and Anderson rallied after being rocked early to win by scores of 99-91 and 99-90 twice, but some fans were disappointed he didn’t keep his knockout streak alive.

This time around against Rudenko, he left no doubt.

Anderson dominated the fight, attacking the body with vigour and closing the show with a volley and blows to the body and head that forced referee to step in and stop the carnage at the 1:40 mark of the fifth.

It was just the second time the 39-year-old Ukrainian had been stopped.

“It’s part of the plan to start with the body and the head will fall. And as you saw, it worked,” said Anderson.

“I was sending a statement to myself. I’m fighting for myself and I’m fighting for my family. 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.”

On the undercard heavyweight Efe Ajagba 18-1 (13) scored a DQ win over highly touted Zhan Kossobutskiy 19-1 (18) in their scheduled 10-round contest.

The 29-year-old Nigerian wasn’t expected to win against Kossobutskiy, but the 34-year-old Kazakh southpaw had an unraveling to rival the glory days of Andrew Golota.

Kossobutskiy’s body punches started drifting south in the third round, drawing the ire of referee Chris Flores who docked two points from him.

If the point deduction was intended as a warning, Kossobutskiy didn’t get the message.

Another low blow in the fourth forced Flores’ hand and he disqualified Kossobutskiy at the 0:33 mark.

A lot was expected from Kossobutskiy, who was making his US debut. Fight fans are certainly talking about him now, but not for the reasons he would have wanted.

With the win Ajagba, who has been critcised for his passiveness in the ring in the past, remains relevant as a fringe contender in boxing’s glamour division.

For Kossobutskiy, it’s back to the drawing board as he plots a way back.