Jared Anderson has opened up about his relationship with Shakur Stevenson.
The duo have struck up a close friendship since signing with Bob Arum’s Top Rank.
And they were recently filmed sparring each other at J Prince’s Boxing Gym in Houston.
That’s despite Anderson competing at heavyweight, while Stevenson is the current unified super-featherweight world champion.
The pair may be separated by three years in age, but they are both like peas in a pod.
Anderson and Stevenson are often seen laughing and joking together, despite the former being eight inches taller than the latter.
Jared Anderson says Shakur Stevenson is like his ‘little big brother’
And the American has now shed light on their close bond, admitting that Stevenson is like an extended part of his family.
“That’s my guy,” Anderson told GiveMeSport. “He’s like my little big brother.
“I’m happy to have him around and just be around him. Just being in his presence is amazing. His energy is very infectious.
“He’s helped me out a lot and he’s given me a lot of advice and he’s made me a better person.
“He’s really a true talent, once-in-a-generation kind of guy. I don’t think some people really understand how good he is.”
Jared Anderson accepts the burden of expectations
Anderson also said that he is well aware of the pressure that he carries on his young shoulders as the next great American heavyweight hope but insists that it is something which he thrives off as he looks to write his name in the history books forever.
“I realise my capabilities. I realise how good I am,” Anderson said. “I don’t pay attention to stuff like that.
“Obviously it’s nice and all but I’m confident in my abilities. I just know what I’m capable of. I know I’m capable of beating certain people and I’m going to prove it.
“They’re going to have to come to me because I’m going to be the one who will be bringing the audience by the time I get to the top.
“They’re not going to be able to run from me when I get there. I’m going to force the commissions to make me mandatory. So I just want people to know that they’re not going to be able to run.”