Ray Anderson (born August 31, 1944 in Anniston, Alabama) was a boxer in the light heavyweight division who fought from 1965 to 1977. Anderson currently lives in Akron, Ohio. Anderson became the first challenger to last fifteen rounds against Bob Foster for the world Light Heavyweight title, but he lost what was his only world title try by decision.
Anderson began his rise to prominence in 1966, as a light heavyweight he took on and beat a formidable heavyweight journeyman named Amos Johnson in a ten-rounder at The Akron Armory in Akron, Ohio. Johnson to his credit was one of the few men to beat the young Cassius Clay, Cassius of course became the Heavyweight Champion of the world, known later as Muhammad Ali. Ray's career continued as he fought Joe Byrd of Flint, Michigan, in 1969, knocking Joe out in round 1. Joe Bryd is the father of Chris Byrd, who succeeded his father in professional boxing. Ray also knocked out Canton's Marion Conner in Round 2, sealing his stature as Ohio's best light heavyweight. However he fought John Griffin of Syracuse, New York twice, they were both close decisions.
Ray Anderson was credited by Joe Frazier, who long used him as sparring partner because of his tall rangy Ali, like style as assisting him in his preparation to unify the heavyweight title in 1969, with his win over WBA heavyweight title holder Jimmy Ellis at Madison Square Garden. Later in 1970, Anderson was to bite off more than he could chew when he decided to fight a young prospect at the Cleveland Arena in Cleveland, Ohio named Ted Gullick, after providing Gullick with a boxing lesson in rounds 1 through 4, toward the end of the fourth Gullick scorded a knockdown with a sharp left hook. Anderson rose and was in part saved by the bell. Later Gullick, would dominate the fight and finish Anderson in the 9th round by knocking him out. Anderson beat Gregorio Peralta by a ten-round decision in Spain in 1972.