Chinedu Andrew Obieaka, a.ok.a. “Andrew Jacked,” has solely been on the aggressive bodybuilding circuit for a short time. But, after profitable his first two Worldwide Federation of Bodybuilding and Health (IFBB) Professional League contests, the 2022 Texas Pro and 2022 Arnold Classic UK, Jacked is taken into account an ascending famous person. With a legendary bodybuilder on his aspect, the athlete will goal for one of many sport’s high challenges this December.
On Sept. 29, 2022, throughout an interview with Olympia decide Terrick El Guindy and Bob Cicherello (“Bob Chick”) on Olympia TV on YouTube, Jacked and his coach, four-time Arnold Traditional champ Ken “Flex” Wheeler, mentioned the upcoming 2022 Mr. Olympia. (Word: Jacked’s nutritionist George Farah was additionally in attendance as a topic.) Among the many extra pertinent matters have been how Wheeler feels in regards to the upcoming competitors in addition to Jacked’s probabilities in opposition to two-time reigning champion Mamdouh “Big Ramy” Elssbiay.
There was a time when Jacked was an unknown entity. Then he earned his Professional Card on the 2022 Arnold Traditional Novice in early March and gained his first two IFBB Professional League contests. In such a short while, regardless of his inexperience, he’s already risen nicely by the ranks. This success, regardless of Jacked’s inexperience as an IFBB Professional League athlete, makes Wheeler consider Jacked is a budding bodybuilding titan.
“I competed in all probability over 40 instances as an beginner earlier than I even obtained into the Nationwide Physique Committee [NPC] as a result of I used to be again within the Novice Athletic Union [AAU] days. I used to be studying. I used to be creating,” Wheeler stated, evaluating his profession to Jacked’s. “However when you take a look at Andrew [Jacked], one NPC present, that’s it. Have a look at how a lot he modified from his Arnold Novice debut, after which take a look at how a lot he’s modified on the Texas present. Then, simply in a matter of fewer than two months, just a little bit over two months, how a lot he’s modified going into the Arnold Traditional [UK].”
Within the context of a stacked Olympia area that includes Elssbiay, Brandon Curry, Hadi Choopan, Nick Walker, Hunter Labrada, and Derek Lunsford, Wheeler thinks Jacked has one other vital benefit — much less put on and tear on his physique.
“He [Jacked] has much less mileage than any competitor that he’s ever competing in opposition to or ever going to compete in opposition to,” Wheeler defined. “That proper there tells you this younger man’s potential. As a result of nobody, even myself, has carried out what he’s carried out in such a brief time period. That’s rattling scary.”
As for Jacked’s probabilities to truly win the Olympia and topple Elssbiay, Wheeler thinks there’s a gap beneath the correct circumstances. Even with Elssbiay just lately weighing in at a jaw-dropping 337 pounds on the finish of his low season, the door may very well be cracked open.
“Ramy is the particular person to beat,” Wheeler supplied as a disclaimer. “However now you’re going to have guys competing in opposition to him which might be taller than him and match his mass. I’m going to argue and say presumably, I’m being good, however he [Jacked] presumably has higher symmetry and steadiness that he [Elssbiay] has.”
Even when Jacked doesn’t attain excessive expectations this 12 months by beating Elssbiay, there appears to be little doubt Wheeler thinks Jacked’s expertise has him primed to be considered one of bodybuilding’s subsequent foremost fixtures. In the long term, whether or not the competitor lives as much as that promise is anybody’s greatest guess for now.
The 2022 Mr. Olympia will happen on Dec. 16-18, 2022, in Las Vegas, NV.
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