Fury sparring partner Anderson slams glove tampering claims
Unbeaten Heavyweight and previous sparring partner to Tyson Fury, Jared ‘Big Baby’ Anderson has slammed suggestions that the WBC champion tampered with his gloves ahead of his victory over Deontay Wilder in February.
Anderson (4-0, 4 KOs) was Fury’s chief American sparring partner as he successfully dethroned Wilder in Las Vegas with a seventh round stoppage.
However, suggestions that the Brit’s gloves were tampered ahead of the bout have resurfaced, with Wilder’s brother Marsellos alleging in an instagram post that following the results of an autopsy “no glove or fist” were capable of leaving the ex-World champion with a dent on the side of his head and rather it was caused due to a “blunt object.”
Fury strenuously denied the allegations and Anderson has backed ‘The ‘Gypsy King.’
“I thought it was blasphemy,” Anderson told Pro Boxing Fans.
“I thought it was just ridiculous, because me being a sparring partner and me seeing and me watching him and the way he punches, he did everything he did in the gym.
“My coach always told me, ‘what you do in the gym, you’ll do in a fight’ and he did everything he did in the gym in that fight.
“So the way his gloves open, the way he opens his hands, he open hand punches, he just has strong hands.
“He hasn’t broken his hand yet doing it, but everything he did in that fight he does in the gym.
“There’s no different glove or anything in his glove or anything like that, he’s just good.”
The 20-year-old, nicknamed ‘Big Baby’ shares the same alias as Top Rank promotional stablemate Jarrell Miller, who was suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission after failing a drugs test ahead of his scheduled return against Jerry Forrest on Thursday.
Anderson, who will feature on the undercard in Las Vegas, which sees Carlos Takam step in for Miller, had calls to change his nickname, however the Ohio native has refuted these suggestions and says he aims to become recognised for it.
“I’m not changing my name for anybody or anything,” Anderson added.
“I have nothing to do with him or what was going on, he has his own situation, he’s his own man.
“Yes, we happen to have the same nickname, but I don’t personally know him really all that well.
“I met him one time after my manager [James Prince] signed him, but other than that I don’t know him and I didn’t know him before they gave me my nickname.
“I didn’t know him as a professional boxer, I don’t even know if he was a professional boxer, I had this nickname since [I was] a kid.
“This name, like I said on Twitter is tattooed on me two times, so this is not changing, I’m not changing my name for anybody.
“I’m going to make a different representation of the name ‘Big Baby.’
“It’s going to be a whole different picture, when they say ‘Big Baby,’ they’re going to know me not him.”
Miller, who is waiting for a final ruling from the Nevada State Athletic Commission saw a unified Heavyweight World title clash with Anthony Joshua cancelled last June after testing positive for three banned substances, whilst he served a nine month ban in 2014 after testing positive for Dimethylamylamine during his kickboxing career.
Asked what his reaction was to the failed test, Anderson continued: “I didn’t really have a reaction.
“It’s despicable though, I don’t think it’s okay.
“You know what goes into your body and you having your team around you, you should know and hopefully your team should have your best interests at heart.
“I don’t think that it’s a coincidence that it happened three times.
“Before all of this, I was hoping that we would have a chance to settle it once and for all, that would be a big money fight
“Everybody would know both of us later on down the line and we would have to settle it for the name, but the way it’s looking I don’t know if it’s going to be a ban or if it’s going to be a suspension.”
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