Two-time heavyweight champion of the world, George Foreman, has tipped one hot prospect to follow in his footsteps and achieve honours in the division that he once dominated.
Foreman gained a reputation as a feared power-puncher during his rise to the peak of the heavyweight scene in the 1970s, looking unbeatable in his first forty fights.
During that time, ‘Big George’ went the distance just three times, winning thirty-seven bouts by knockout and ending thirty-three contests inside three rounds.
In 1973, he defeated Joe Frazier by second-round TKO to become champion, and seemed destined to become the greatest heavyweight of all-time, but failed in his third defence of the title, losing out to Muhammad Ali in their famous ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ showdown.
After a ten-year retirement beginning in 1977, Foreman astonishingly made a comeback and, in 1994 aged 45-years-old, he defeated Michael Moorer to win the heavyweight title for a second time, twenty years on from his first reign, crowning him as the oldest champion of all-time – a record that many believe will never be broken.
On social media, ‘Big George’ said Jared Anderson looks like he has all of the makings of a man who could echo his own achievements and claims one of the four world title straps in the near future.
Looks like the Champ to me https://t.co/A1kIxEqvRl
— George Foreman (@GeorgeForeman) August 8, 2023
Anderson has won by knockout in fourteen of his fifteen contests, going past the third-round in just two of those stoppage victories.
He slowed down in his most recent bout against Charles Martin when he went the distance for the first time in his career, and showed a bit of vulnerability in that headlining slot against the hard-hitting Martin.
‘Big Baby’ is scheduled to face Andrii Rudenko on August 26, live on ESPN. He will no doubt be looking to get back to stoppage ways and continue his rise to the top.