Jared “Big Little” Anderson lives and trains in Houston, but is working to headline this year in his hometown of Toledo.

TOLEDO, Ohio – When Jared Anderson in his own way, he will bring a main boxing card to downtown Toledo this summer.

Anderson, a native of Toledo, is 13-0 with 13 knockouts in his professional career and has quickly become the talk of the heavyweight division.

Before he gets a chance to return to his hometown, he’ll be on the undercard of Shakur Stevenson’s April 8 fight in New Jersey.

He doesn’t overlook the fights, but the thought of showing off in front of the city of glass is something he dreams of.

“That’s my number one thing on the bucket list,” Anderson said. “I told my company that I don’t want to fight anymore when she’s not at home. We should definitely get it soon.”

“We’re coming to Toledo this year,” said Antonio Leonard, who is one of Anderson’s promoters.

Anderson has risen rapidly through the boxing ranks over the past few years. In his last fight, at Madison Square Garden, Anderson knocked out veteran Jerry Forrest in the second round. Every time he takes on a tougher challenge, he seems to improve his game.

“I know Toledo made me who I am,” Anderson said. “I want to show everybody where I come from and that’s what made me.”

Anderson currently holds the WBO International heavyweight title, but he has much bigger dreams and the boxing world is starting to take notice.


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