Anderson halts Rudenko; Ajagba wins by DQ

WBO #5, WBA #7, IBF #15 heavyweight Jared “The Real Big Baby” Anderson (16-0, 15 KOs) returned to the ring after 56 days to outclass and stop Andriy Rudenko (35-7, 21 KOs) on Saturday night at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Anderson had it all his way against the durable 39-year-old Rudenko. Rudenko was deducted a point for holding in round five. After that, Anderson launched a barrage of unanswered punches to get a referee’s stoppage. Time was 1:40.

Jared Anderson V Andriy Rudenko
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WBC #14 heavyweight Efe Ajagba (18-1, 13 KOs) won by disqualification against previously unbeaten WBC #9, WBA #14 rated Zhan Kossobutskiy (19-1, 18 KOs). Kossobutskiy was deducted two points for low blows in round three and was DQ’d after another low blow in round four.
Jared Anderson V Andriy Rudenko
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  • Tremendous effort by Zhan there. Reminded me of Marciano gutting out the win over Ezzard Charles back in the day.

      • I was willing to bet big on Zhan against Anderson if that fight were to be remade. Glad I had a chance to witness this before making that mistake. He looked like he didn’t want to be there tonight.
        Wonder if withholding his purse is possible here?

        • They mentioned Golota on the broadcast and now we’re going to look at Zhan just like Golota. Anytime he encounters resistance, what does he do??? Does he lose it again? I don’t think this if the final DQ of his career.

          I wouldn’t think they’d withhold his purse, but maybe a fine is in order.

        • ” He looked like he didn’t want to be there tonight.”

          I agree. He looked like he didn’t care at all.

        • USF, yes something unusual was up with Zhan. Was looking at his previous fights on YT before this weekend’s fight, he had good offensive, strong, dangerous. Will be interesting to hear what was his reason he just did not care in this Ajagba fight.

  • Kossobutskiy career is OVER!

    Truly disputable, truly disgraceful.

    Somewhere Andrew Golota is smiling at passing the torch.

  • And they were going to put this guy in with Anderson. I heard people on here claim zhan was legit? There was one guy on here, USF that was saying zhan is next level fight. Please. He was a quitter and he looked for a way out. Good luck him fighting in USA anytime soon. Efe, you looked good while you were in there.

    • This was far worse!

      At least Golota – Bowe 1 & 2 was competitive, this was no where near competitive.

      • I don’t know how many chances referee gave Zhan and he still continues to be Golota 2.0

      • “At least Golota – Bowe 1 & 2 was competitive”

        It wasn’t really. Golota was totally dominating. Talk about snatching defeat from the jaws of victory!

        Another thing about Golota that people tend to forget is that he later on won the heavyweight championship two times with no monkey business at all – vs Byrd and Ruiz – and both times he was robbed by a crooked referee and judges.

    • I like your idea on Anderson’s fight lineup. Anderson’s offense looked good with his jabs and hooks. He needs to improve on his head movement. He has a habit of throwing punches and then leaving his head straight up while admiring his work. His head is a target at that time.

  • Truth is Anderson stopped a durable, but very limited fighter tonight. It may move the meter for some of you Anderson suckers on here, but not me. Batman is still a joker!

  • No point in fighting a 40 year old punching bag. That wont get you experience. Need to man up and step it up.

  • I much preferred the mexican lightweights 2 weeks ago. Heavyweights are boring.

  • Zhan couldn’t carry Golota’s jockstrap. Golota was way more talented and exciting than him.

    • Golota brought war. The Po’ uho fight was pure chaos before he even got to Bowe. He also hurt Tyson and Grant at the absolute top of the division. He folded but not like this guy. There’s a reason Golota kept getting chances.

  • That series of blows that ended the Anderson fight were all caught on his opponents gloves. Not a single clean shot landed. Anderson is a hyped up fraud by ESPN hacks who they view as a cash cow. It’s totally deceptive hucksterism.

  • Anderson is still a novice, hasn’t proved a thing, long way to go.
    He should fight someone like Stiverne or Bryant in a domestic dust up and let’s see how good he is in beating them.

  • Zhan Kossobutskiy needs to be arrested, and BANNED from boxing and the USA.

  • Candy Ass Anderson & Cry Baby Usyk are a couple of punks. I say, let them fight one another. Let them beat one each other up. I don’t care who wins. Just as long as they both get hurt.

  • Big baby almost got murder in his last fight! He should keep fighting bums if he wants to continue and preserve his boxing career! Definately not a major leaguer prospect!

  • Any hope for Ajagba/Anderson in the next out? Rudenko was tailor-made for Anderson. All he did was go into a shell and plow forward. I can’t blame him because that’s his style and he’s keenly aware of his own limitations in regard to lack of speed but willingness to trade. This is two Top Rank guys we’re talking about, so it shouldn’t be that difficult to make the fight. The winner inches closer to mandatory status, maybe being only one or two fights away.

    • An additional thought, where the Hell has Frank Sanchez been? Beating Ajagba was arguably the high-water mark for his career. He’s actually fought in relative anonymity 3 times since against no-hopers. Sure the dude should be able to get a big fight? He might also be a good guy to pair with Anderson… Sanchez doesn’t pose a lot of physical danger, but he’s an absolute top-shelf tactician and would be a really tough guy to beat.

      • Unfortunately, the last I heard – Frank Sanchez was going to be fighting…. Chris Arreola. That was awhile ago though, maybe (and hopefully) plans have changed.

  • shameful for Tim Bradley to be giving Anderson so much props here. He was fighting a heavy bag trying to get DQ’d. But then again this was the same group of fools that were referring to Valdez as one of the best defe
    nsive boxers in the game a couple weeks ago.

  • That was a KO not a low blow! Man! Zhan was robbed of the KO! The fix was in!

  • i do believe rudenko represented a slovic country or it was Russsia itself..wbbs..! bogden dnu..{ivan dychko}..artur spylka..these bit players are no joke, Sireijh Liakhovich

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