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Jared Anderson and Miljan Rovcanin face their toughest test when they fight in Tulsa, Okla., on Saturday.
Anderson could be a rising star after knocking out all 11 opponents, but his unbeaten streak could come under threat from Rovcanin.
It’s an intriguing heavyweight battle with boxing odds framing Anderson as the -10000 favorite in what could be one-way traffic.
Anderson had a tough fight against Oleksandr Teslenko last year, but he dispatched his opponent in the second round.
The heavy-hitting American has ended all of his fights before the final bell and that’s a big asset. He hasn’t been out of the second round in his last three fights, and although it cuts back on ring experience, it’s a positive.
We expect the sportsbook to have Anderson as a massive favorite to keep his unbeaten streak alive. He has been training hard for his 2022 debut and he’s eyeing the winner of Ruiz vs Ortiz, which is a huge rise in class.
Anderson also said the winner of Filip Hrgovic vs Carlos Takam is in the cards and he could fight two or three times this year.
“If I’m realistic, I’d say three times, but I only think I’m getting twice,” Anderson told BoxingNews24.com. “I’m trying to fight as many people as I can and the bigger names. I don’t plan on doing this long. I plan on making more money outside of boxing than I ever did in boxing. Right now (Takam, Hrgovic).”
“I got to talk to my coach. We are politicking. I pay attention to who is in front of me, and they hate that about me. A lot of people hate that about me.”
It’s a concern that Anderson is thinking about money instead of his record and he disrespected his opponent, Rovcanin.
“I haven’t seen too much on him,” Anderson said. “He’s got a weird European style. He’s open for a lot of shots, and he’s not that good of a fighter. I know he’s not a top 10 fighter; he’s not elite.”
We expect Anderson to let his hands do the talking and he’ll be tough for the European to beat.
Experience with Rovcanin
Having had 26 fights is a good thing for Rovcanin, who extended his winning streak to five with a knockout win over Nikola Mrda in March.
The 28-year-old Serbian lost to Agit Kabayel in 2018 but has responded well. However, he hasn’t been fighting tough opponents and he could be nothing more than a warm-up fight for Anderson.
His last five opponents’ records were a combined 53-82, so it’s hardly impressive viewing and he now faces a dangerous knockout artist.
Despite having the experience edge, Rovcanin is the 291st-ranked heavyweight in the world, compared to Anderson’s ranking of 52. There is a wide space between them, and Rovcanin will do well to avoid getting rocked.
He hasn’t had a full fight camp after taking the fight on late notice, which doesn’t add to his betting online appeal.
“He is an excellent boxer, he has 11 victories by knockout, a lot of support from his promotion and he is America’s hope,” Rovcanin said of Anderson. “I was surprised when they contacted me, his promoters called me and asked if I could enter the ring with seven weeks of preparation. Even though I wasn’t in training at the time, I accepted. I am doing well, I am getting better every day and I believe that I will reach the right form by the match.
“And such an opportunity, to box in the United States, which none of our heavyweights has succeeded in, is not to be missed.”
We believe Rovcanin will be knocked out early in the fight as Anderson continues his march toward a top-billing fight.