Boxing: This Heavyweight Scrap Needs To Happen

Anderson vs Sanchez

Jared Anderson and Frank Sanchez are two interesting heavyweight prospects at similar points in their careers. Sanchez is a few years older than Anderson. However, with one fighter being 30 and the younger fighter being 23, it is difficult to tell who has an advantage or disadvantage in age at this point.

Frank Sanchez turned Pro in 2017, just 2 years prior to Jared Anderson. He has about 9 more fights than Anderson, giving him an edge in experience. Sanchez has also been in with some notable journeyman names such as Nagi Aguilera, Christian Hammer and the previously touted Efe Ajagba.

Ajagba was being pushed on the internet as the next Darth Vader of the heavyweight division. A video went viral of his opponent, Curtis Harper, apparently walking out of the ring after one second… seemingly at the site of a Ajagba. It turned out Harper was protesting a pay dispute. The bizarre incident gives Efe Ajagba the record for the fastest victory in boxing history with one second.

Sanchez went the distance with Efe Ajagba in a spirited contest and scored an impressive unanimous decision.

Jared Anderson’s record still looks to be that of a fighter whose Camp is bringing him along at a steady pace. All of his opponents have been undefeated as he is. However, there have not been any matches that would be considered a challenge for Anderson to this point. Frank Sanchez would be a legitimate test for the super heavyweight from Toledo, Ohio. The match immediately elevates the American to contender status. The advantage Anderson does have is his promoters. Top Rank Promotions does not seem to be in a hurry to put Jared Anderson into harm’s way. They have plenty of money to keep him satisfied until they are ready to know exactly what they have in the young phenom.

Jared Anderson

Wikipedia- Jared Dovan Anderson (born November 16, 1999[2]) is an American professional boxer who held the NABF Junior heavyweight title in 2021. As an amateur he won the 2017 and 2018 U.S. National Championships.[4]

Anderson signed a multi-year promotional contract with Bob Arum‘s Top Rank on September 24, 2019,[5] and made his professional debut a month later on October 26, scoring a first-round knockout (KO) victory over Daniel Infante at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center in Reno, Nevada.[6]

Anderson faced Andrew Satterfield in his third professional fight, which he won by a first-round technical knockout.[7] On June 9, 2020, Anderson beat Johnnie Langston by a third-round technical knockout. It was the first time that Anderson had fought past the first round.[8] Anderson scored another first-round stoppage on July 16, 2020, when he beat Hector Perez.[9] Anderson passed the first round for the second time in his career on September 5, 2020, against Rodney Hernandez, whom he beat by a fourth-round technical knockout.[10] Anderson closed out 2020 with a first-round technical knockout of Luis Peña on October 31, 2020.[11]

Anderson was scheduled to face Kingsley Ibeh on February 13, 2021, and won his first fight of 2021 by a sixth-round knockout.[12] Anderson next faced Jeremiah Karpency on April 10, 2021, and once again won by a knockout, stopping Karpency early in the second round.[13] Anderson improved to 10–0 when he beat the previously undefeated Vladimir Tereshkin (22–0–1) on October 9, 2021 on the undercard of Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder III via second-round technical knockout.[14] Anderson was scheduled to face Oleksandr Teslenko on December 11, 2021, on the undercard of the Vasiliy Lomachenko and Richard Commey lightweight bout.[15] He won the bout via second-round technical knockout.[16]

Frank Sanchez

Wikipedia- Frank Sánchez Faure (born 18 July 1992) is a Cuban professional boxer who has held the NABO heavyweight title since 2019 and the WBC Continental Americas heavyweight title since 2020.

Sánchez made his professional debut on 22 September 2017, scoring a first-round technical knockout (TKO) victory against Justin Thornton at the Mel Ott Recreation Center in Gretna, Louisiana.[2]

After winning his first six fights, all by stoppage, he faced Lamont Capers on 4 May 2018. Capers received a point deduction in the first round for excessive holding before the contest was halted in the second round after Capers was shoved through the ropes and out of the ring. With capers not able to continue, the bout was scored a no contest (NC).[3]

Following six more wins, four by stoppage, Sánchez faced Victor Bisbal for the vacant WBONABO heavyweight title[4] on 31 August 2019 at the Minneapolis Armory in MinneapolisMinnesota. Sánchez defeated Bisbal via fourth-round corner retirement (RTD) after Bisbal’s corner informed referee Celestino Ruiz that Bisbal was unwilling to continue before the start of the fifth round.[5] After Efe Ajagba pulled out of a bout with Jack Mulowayi due to a back injury sustained during training, Sánchez was brought in as a late replacement.[6] The bout took place on 26 October at the Santander Arena in Reading, Pennsylvania. Sánchez won a shutout unanimous decision (UD) to capture the vacant WBO-NABO title[7] for a second time, with all three judges scoring the bout 100–90.[8] His next fight came against Joey Dawejko for the vacant WBC Continental Americas heavyweight title[9] on 7 March 2020 at the Barclays Center in New York City. Sánchez captured his second professional title via UD over ten rounds, with two judges scoring the bout 100–90 and the third scoring it 98–92.[10]

Following his win against Dawejko, Sánchez recorded back-to-back knockout wins against Brian Howard and Julian Fernandez, before facing Nagy Aguilera on the undercard of Canelo Álvarez vs. Billy Joe Saunders on 8 May 2021. Sánchez won the bout by unanimous technical decision after six rounds, after Aguilera told officials that he was not able to continue after an unintentional foul.[11]

Sánchez faced undefeated Efe Ajagba on 9 October 2021 on the undercard of Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder III.[12] Sánchez knocked down Ajagba en route to a unanimous decision victory, with scores of 98–91, 98–91 and 97–92.[13]

Sánchez was expected to face Carlos Negrón on 1 January 2022, on the undercard of the Luis Ortiz and Charles Martin heavyweight bout. It was announced on 28 December 2021 that Negrón had withdrawn from the bout due to a positive COVID-19 test,[14] and would be replaced by Christian Hammer.[15] Sánchez won the fight by unanimous decision. He was awarded every single round of the fight, and scored a debatable knockdown in the tenth round.[16]

Sanchez was reschuedled to fight Carlos Negron on October, 15th 2022, on the undercard of Deontay Wilder vs. Robert Helenius. He won the fight by 9th round TKO.

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