Chinedu Andrew Obieaka, a.okay.a. “Andrew Jacked,” has solely been on the aggressive bodybuilding circuit for a short while. Yet, after successful his first two International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB) Pro League contests, the 2022 Texas Pro and 2022 Arnold Classic UK, Jacked is taken into account an ascending celebrity. With a legendary bodybuilder on his facet, the athlete will purpose 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 Classic champ Ken “Flex” Wheeler, mentioned the upcoming 2022 Mr. Olympia. (Note: Jacked’s nutritionist George Farah was additionally in attendance as a topic.) Among the extra pertinent subjects have been how Wheeler feels concerning the upcoming competitors in addition to Jacked’s probabilities in opposition to two-time reigning champion Mamdouh “Big Ramy” Elssbiay.

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There was a time when Jacked was an unknown entity. Then he earned his Pro Card on the 2022 Arnold Classic Amateur in early March and received his first two IFBB Pro League contests. In such a short while, regardless of his inexperience, he’s already risen nicely by means of the ranks. This success, regardless of Jacked’s inexperience as an IFBB Pro League athlete, makes Wheeler consider Jacked is a budding bodybuilding titan.

“I competed probably over 40 times as an amateur before I even got into the National Physique Committee [NPC] because I was back in the Amateur Athletic Union [AAU] days. I was learning. I was developing,” Wheeler mentioned, evaluating his profession to Jacked’s. “But if you look at Andrew [Jacked], one NPC show, that’s it. Look at how much he changed from his Arnold Amateur debut, and then look at how much he’s changed at the Texas show. Then, just in a matter of fewer than two months, a little bit over two months, how much he’s changed going into the Arnold Classic [UK].”

In the context of a stacked Olympia discipline that includes Elssbiay, Brandon Curry, Hadi Choopan, Nick Walker, Hunter Labrada, and Derek Lunsford, Wheeler thinks Jacked has one other important benefit — much less put on and tear on his physique.

“He [Jacked] has less mileage than any competitor that he’s ever competing against or ever going to compete against,” Wheeler defined. “That right there tells you this young man’s potential. Because no one, even myself, has done what he’s done in such a short period of time. That’s damn scary.”

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As for Jacked’s probabilities to truly win the Olympia and topple Elssbiay, Wheeler thinks there’s a gap beneath the proper circumstances. Even with Elssbiay just lately weighing in at a jaw-dropping 337 kilos on the finish of his low season, the door could possibly be cracked open.

“Ramy is the person to beat,” Wheeler provided as a disclaimer. “But now you’re going to have guys competing against him that are taller than him and match his mass. I’m going to argue and say possibly, I’m being nice, but he [Jacked] possibly has better symmetry and balance that he [Elssbiay] has.”

Even if 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 certainly one of bodybuilding’s subsequent predominant 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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