Jared Anderson’s rise, George Foreman’s disappointing news

A critical look at the past week in boxing

GOOD

Did we see a future heavyweight champion on Saturday night?

Jared Anderson showed again in his second-round knockout of Miljan Rovcanin on the Jose Pedraza-Richard Commey card that he has no obvious shortcomings beyond a relative lack of experience at the professional level.

Anderson seemed to have some trouble with Rovchanin’s awkward style in the early moments of the bout, but he quickly adjusted, quickly dismantled Rovchanin and quickly scored his 12th.u stoppage in equal number of matches.

Of course, we can’t read too much into Anderson’s performance because of Rovcanin’s limitations. The Serb has some ability, but it’s not a genuine test of Anderson’s ability prospects.

That being said, Anderson has been extremely successful every step of the way toward his goal of becoming a top heavyweight contender and ultimately champion. That’s all we can ask of a young, up-and-coming fighter.

Him too is young, 22. You could see it at his show on Saturday.

I thought he was a little too aggressive at the opening bell, which was one reason he took some shots from Rovchanin (24-3, 16 KOs). I would like to see more patience, more feeling process. But that’s where the experience comes in. It will continue to grow race by race.

Love his speed. Love his power. He loves his prick. I love his size (6-foot-4, about 240 pounds). He loves the sharpness of his ring. I could go on and on. He seems to have all the qualities needed to be a top big man.

He even seems to have a good chin, although this will be tested again and again in the future. If his stamina eventually matches his potential, he could become a star.

BAD

The fact that boxing is a dangerous sport could not be more obvious.

We saw chilling evidence of that when heavyweight contender Richard Torrez scored one of the most brutal knockouts you’ll ever see on the Pedraza-Commey undercard.

Torrez, the 2020 Olympic silver medalist, landed three powerful punches – two lefts and a nasty right – that knocked Marco Antonio Canendo in the face and out cold. He lay there for several minutes, that period of time when viewers think the worst and the network won’t show reruns.

Canedo was eventually able to get to his unsteady feet with some help from his cornermen, but it took some time to shake off the effects of the knockout, after which he was taken to hospital as a precaution.

It’s nobody’s fault. The matchmakers at Top Rank are the best in the business. And it’s common practice to pit journeymen like Caneda (4-3) against top youngsters. After all, Torrez entered the night with just two professional fights.

I would try to change the culture, though. Torrez at 2-0 is better than most heavyweights with 20, 30 fights. I’m not saying he should be asked to face a contender at this stage in his career. that would be unfair.

I I am saying that committees should take a closer look at the opponents they allow to face fighters as talented as Torrez, who could easily beat someone with a longer track record than Caneda.

I think it’s reasonable to have watched this fight and thought, “I’m not sure Caneda had any business being in the ring with a guy like Torrez.”

WORSE

George Foreman has been accused of sexually assaulting two girls in the 1970s. Stephen Cohen / Getty Images for Sports Illustrated

Not George Foreman.

Big George had become a beloved figure due to his Hall of Fame success in the ring and his larger-than-life personality, which made him a highly successful pitch for roasts and more over the years.

It is now understood that Foreman has been sued for allegedly sexually assaulting two underage girls in the 1970s at the height of his powers.

This kind of news is disturbing on any level. Yet when an admired figure is accused of such a horrific crime, it somehow becomes harder to understand. You think, “George Foreman couldn’t do that.”

Let’s hope he didn’t. He was accused, not convicted. We must let the wheels of justice turn before we can draw any definite conclusions.

Foreman himself denies the allegations. In a statement he said: “They are falsely claiming that I sexually abused them 45 years ago in the 1970s. I categorically and categorically deny these allegations. The pride I feel in my reputation means as much to me as my athletic achievements, and I will not be intimidated by baseless threats and lies.”

Foreman said he plans to face the charges in court, not settle with his accusers. If his lawyers can prove the allegations are baseless, he will save money and much of his reputation.

The sad thing about him is that he will probably never be perceived the same way, unless the accusers refuse. This could mean no further approvals in the future. And, apparently, the word “beloved” would no longer be appropriate.

RABBIT FISTS

Neither Pedraza nor Commey left the ring satisfied after their 140-pound bout in Tulsa, Oklahoma, which featured a draw. Both were hoping to take a step forward after losing their most recent bouts. The good news is that both performed well, giving fans a good, competitive 10-round fight on national television. Former title holders will have more opportunities to step up to another belt. … One thing I always liked about the coach Robert Garcia is that it is a straight shooter; no BS. He said after working his corner Anthony Joshua in defeating the heavyweight contender by split-decision Oleksandr Usyk that the Ukrainian was the mentally stronger fighter throughout and that Joshua should have pressured his opponent earlier in the fight. True and true. Joshua might not have wanted to hear this, but it was an honest assessment, which Joshua could probably benefit from. … The father and trainer of undisputed lightweight champion Devin Haney, Bill Haney, was critical of those who reject the importance of sanctions titles. He couldn’t be more wrong. Title belts mean a lot to fighters because they dream of winning them since childhood. Both promoters and networks find them useful as marketing tools. However, seasoned boxing fans know that they mean next to nothing due to questionable ranking systems and a ridiculous proliferation of belts. I hear Ryan Garcianot Bill Haney.

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This story originally appeared on Boxing Junkie

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