Jared Anderson vs. Ryad Merhy | ESPN - April 13, 2024

Who wins?

Poll ended at 13 Apr 2024, 19:48

Anderson - Decision
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14%
Anderson - T/KO
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76%
DRAW
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Mehry - T/KO
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No votes
Mehry - Decision
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10%
 
Total votes: 21

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Jared Anderson vs Ryad Merhy official for April 13 in Texas

Top heavyweight prospect Jared “Big Baby” Anderson will return to the ring on April 13 in Corpus Christi, Texas, to face Ryad Merhy in an ESPN main event, Mike Coppinger reports.

The 24-year-old Anderson (16-0, 15 KO) will be making his 2024 debut in what will be his first fight since August, after hitting the ring three times last year for wins over George Arias, Charles Martin, and Andriy Rudenko.

The Toledo native stopped Arias and Rudenko and won a 10-round decision over Martin.

Merhy (32-2, 26 KO) is a 31-year-old Belgian and natural cruiserweight who moved up to the heavyweight ranks in 2022 and is 2-1. He lost a “bridgerweight” fight to Kevin Lerena in South Africa in May 2023, but rebounded to be the latest guy to beat Tony Yoka in France on Dec. 9.

Merhy is a former WBA secondary titleholder at cruiserweight, with the other loss in his career coming against Arsen Goulamirian in 2018.

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Another not very good fight. Anderson is losing momentum in my opinion.
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Very average fight.
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funso banjo baby wrote: 17 Feb 2024, 07:01 Very average fight.
I don't mind it. Mehry will come to fight.
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Anderson is def falling in my opinion. Looked somewhat vulnerable in the Martin fight. Then out of the ring since August. Now a matchup that doesn't seem like he's getting a move on up the ranks. Not to mention his legal trouble.
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Insane for jah to have an 8 or 9 month break after fighting rudenko. Jah should of fought December and be out again in march…

Don’t mind the opponent. But it’s too big a break.

I have never been quite as sold on jah as everyone else, still likely the number 1 prospect under 25. But needs activity at the right levle to progress to being a real contender.

Prospectings a fine line,
-hughie went for it too much got 3 losses and lost momentum.
-huni taking good matchups but as a result is fighting 10 rounders and only getting 2 fights a year as a result.
-DDD got losses but has powered through.

Either needs 4 or 5 ok fights this year, or a showcase fight at some point.
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gregregegg wrote: 17 Feb 2024, 17:51 Insane for jah to have an 8 or 9 month break after fighting rudenko. Jah should of fought December and be out again in march…

Don’t mind the opponent. But it’s too big a break.

I have never been quite as sold on jah as everyone else, still likely the number 1 prospect under 25. But needs activity at the right levle to progress to being a real contender.

Prospectings a fine line,
-hughie went for it too much got 3 losses and lost momentum.
-huni taking good matchups but as a result is fighting 10 rounders and only getting 2 fights a year as a result.
-DDD got losses but has powered through.

Either needs 4 or 5 ok fights this year, or a showcase fight at some point.
What happened to gradually increasing the level of your competition? Hughie and Dubois both fought pretty one-sided fights except for their losses where they were way overmatched. Huni is very slowly building his record but the level of competition isn't really increasing much. Anderson is just beating loads of guys mostly ranked 50-150. They could easily take 3 fights a year gradually increasing the quality of opponent to top 25 guys.
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oogiebe wrote: 17 Feb 2024, 10:39 Anderson is def falling in my opinion. Looked somewhat vulnerable in the Martin fight. Then out of the ring since August. Now a matchup that doesn't seem like he's getting a move on up the ranks. Not to mention his legal trouble.
It's a concern alright.
Lack of momentum and challenges, plus some worrying statements.
I hope he doesn't become another boxing statistic.
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KiwiRider wrote: 18 Feb 2024, 15:32
oogiebe wrote: 17 Feb 2024, 10:39 Anderson is def falling in my opinion. Looked somewhat vulnerable in the Martin fight. Then out of the ring since August. Now a matchup that doesn't seem like he's getting a move on up the ranks. Not to mention his legal trouble.
It's a concern alright.
Lack of momentum and challenges, plus some worrying statements.
I hope he doesn't become another boxing statistic.
I remember when I first became interested in Jared. It was his jab and how he worked behind it. Now he thinks he's a KO king. Another wasted talent I fear.
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Efe on the undercard will fight Guido Vianello
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Ruthless-RKO wrote: 27 Feb 2024, 11:53 Efe on the undercard will fight Guido Vianello
Rubbish fight
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Ruthless-RKO wrote: 27 Feb 2024, 11:53 Efe on the undercard will fight Guido Vianello
Confirmed?
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oogiebe wrote: 27 Feb 2024, 21:00
Ruthless-RKO wrote: 27 Feb 2024, 11:53 Efe on the undercard will fight Guido Vianello
Confirmed?
What happened to Ortiz?
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oogiebe wrote: 27 Feb 2024, 21:00
Ruthless-RKO wrote: 27 Feb 2024, 11:53 Efe on the undercard will fight Guido Vianello
Confirmed?
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Efe Ajagba vs Guido Vianello joins Anderson vs Merhy on April 13th

Efe Ajagba will once again serve as the co-feature for a Jared Anderson main event, as Mike Coppinger reports that he’ll meet Guido Vianello ahead of Anderson’s April 13th clash with Ryad Merhy.

Ajagba’s (19-1, 14 KOs) three-fight, three-win 2023 saw him grit out an ugly win over Stephen Shaw, get Golota’d by Zhan Kossobutskiy, then beat down Joe Goodall in his first main event. He’s bounced back nicely from his 2021 loss to Frank Sanchez and is probably ahead of Sanchez in the heavyweight picture at this point; not a world-beater, but a solid pro who’s continuing to improve.

Not sure the same can be said for fellow Olympian Vianello (12-1-1, 10 KOs). Though he’s 2-0 since suffering a cut stoppage to Jonathan Rice in January 2023, beating designated victims Curtis Harper and Moses Johnson, he’s well behind fellow 29-year-old Ajagba in terms of development.

Whoever wins should be ready to start a serious contender run, so we’ll see who gets to capitalize in the post-Usyk-Fury world.
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guido vs dick torrez woulda been much better
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Press Release

Undefeated heavyweight phenom Jared “The Real Big Baby” Anderson is angling for another big knockout. The fighting pride of Toledo, Ohio, steps up in class to face Belgian contender Ryad Merhy on Saturday, April 13, in the 10-round main event at American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas.

In the 10-round heavyweight co-feature, Nigerian puncher Efe Ajagba and Italian standout Guido “The Gladiator” Vianello will meet in a battle of 2016 Olympians.

The eight-round televised opener features three-time world title challenger Robson Conceicao, as he looks to keep his junior lightweight world title hopes alive against the upset-minded Jose Guardado.

Anderson-Merhy, Ajagba-Vianello and Conceição Guardado will be broadcast LIVE on ESPN, ESPN Deportes & ESPN+ at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.

Promoted by Top Rank, tickets go on sale Tuesday, March 5 at 10 a.m. CST via Ticketmaster.com.

“Jared Anderson is the most exciting young heavyweight in the world, and he’s stepping up against his toughest opponent to date. Corpus Christi is a great fight town, and I can't wait for the fans there to have a front row seat for the future heavyweight champion,” said Top Rank Chairman Bob Arum. “Efe Ajagba is one of the division’s biggest punchers, but Guido Vianello is a skilled fighter who demanded a step up in competition. If you like heavyweights, this is a can’t-miss card.”

Anderson (16-0, 15 KOs) had a banner 2023 that saw him go 3-0 with a pair of knockouts. In April, he ended the unbeaten run of George Arias, stopping the Dominican slickster in only three rounds. Less than three months later, Anderson made his triumphant Toledo homecoming and faced former world champion Charles Martin in front of more than 7,000 adoring fans. Anderson earned a clear 10-round decision over Martin and carried that momentum to Tulsa, Oklahoma, in August, where he stopped Andriy Rudenko in five rounds.

“This is going to be the start of a big year, and I can’t wait to show out in front of the fans in Corpus Christi and everyone watching on ESPN,” Anderson said. “Merhy is a solid fighter, but he has never faced a heavyweight like me. He’ll see that in person on April 13.”

Merhy (32-2, 26 KOs) is an Ivory Coast native who was raised in Belgium, where most of his pro fights have taken place. He won a secondary cruiserweight world title in 2021 and then moved up in weight to pursue heavyweight glory. Merhy saw his seven-bout winning streak end when he dropped a 12-round decision to Kevin Lerena in Lerena’s home country of South Africa. Last December, he traveled to Paris for a bout with hometown hero and Olympic gold medalist Tony Yoka. He upset Yoka by split decision to breathe new life into his heavyweight campaign.

“After ending 2023 with a great performance, I am looking for another great performance, this time on American soil against the ‘future heavyweight hope,’” Merhy said. “What I like about my current position is that I have nothing to prove. I accepted this fight because I don't see Anderson as a big danger. It's up to him to prove himself against a small heavyweight like me. I feel no pressure. See you on April 13, Jared.”

Ajagba (19-1, 14 KOs) reignited his career following his first defeat, an October 2021 decision against Frank Sanchez. He began his 2023 campaign in January with a 10-round decision over then-unbeaten Stephan Shaw and continued that momentum with a fourth-round disqualification victory over Zhan Kossobutskiy in August. Ajagba finished the year in grand fashion with November’s fourth-round stoppage over one-time amateur nemesis Joe Goodall.

“I remember Guido from the Rio Olympics, and he is a very skilled and powerful fighter,” Ajagba said. “My goal is to become heavyweight champion, and in order for me to accomplish my dream, I have to be at my best against Guido.”

Vianello (12-1-1, 10 KOs) suffered a stroke of bad luck on the Ajagba-Shaw undercard, losing via sixth-round TKO to Jonnie Rice due to a cut eye caused by a punch. He was leading on the cards when the fight was stopped. Vianello bounced back nine months later, shutting out veteran Curtis Harper over eight rounds. He then returned to his knockout ways in February, blasting out Moses Johnson in one round on the O’Shaquie Foster-Abraham Nova undercard in New York City.

Vianello said, “This is a big opportunity for me to fight one of the top heavyweights in the world, and I did not hesitate when it was offered. I am ready to step up to the plate, and I look forward a great fight on April 13.”

Conceição (17-2-1, 8 KOs), Brazil’s first-ever Olympic boxing gold medalist, turned pro in November 2016. He dropped decisions in world title contests to Oscar Valdez and Shakur Stevenson, and in November 2023, he recovered from a pair of knockdowns to salvage a draw against three-weight world champion Emanuel Navarrete. Guardado (15-1-1, 5 KOs), from Ensenada, Mexico, has never fought outside of his home country and is coming off a second-round stoppage over Aramis Solis last November.

In scheduled undercard action, streaming live and exclusively on ESPN+:

Puerto Rican junior lightweight southpaw Henry Lebron (19-0, 10 KOs), who is ranked in the top 10 by the WBO and IBF, will face Filipino contender Charly Suarez (16-0, 9 KOs) in a 10-rounder. Lebron turned away unbeaten prospect William Foster III by majority decision last November to continue his climb up the rankings.

Corpus Christi-born welterweight prospect John Rincon (8-0, 2 KOs) looks to thrill the hometown fans in a six-rounder. Rincon fought at American Bank Center last September and tallied a six-round decision over Bryan Ismael Rodriguez Rivera.

One of the sport’s fastest-rising stars, lightweight prospect Abdullah Mason (12-0, 10 KOs), returns in an eight-rounder against Ronal Ron (14-5, 11 KOs). Mason, a 19-year-old southpaw prodigy from Cleveland, Ohio, obliterated Benjamin Gurment with an overhand left in the second round on the Teofimo Lopez-Jamaine Ortiz undercard in Las Vegas.

Featherweight contender Ruben Villa (21-1, 7 KOs) will fight Mexican veteran Cristian Cruz Chacon (22-6-1, 11 KOs) in a 10-rounder.
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WTF with these kids? SMDH.
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mo money mo problems. jah struggling to handle that pressure of emerging fame and fortune?
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He’s still detained
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Got to put Anderson on that “fight every 30 days to keep him out of trouble” Mike Tyson schedule.
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It would've been already stupid and dangerous if the reason he did it was because he was intoxicated.
But if he did it just for fun, that's actually beyond stupid.

I had high hopes for him, but this dude seems like a nut job.
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