Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller eyes return to the ring April 22 against rival
Rising heavyweight Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller has a single blemish on his record, a four-round draw against Joey Dawejko in 2013.
As Brooklyn’s Miller (16-0-1, 14 knockouts) establishes himself as a force in the division, his team is looking to wipe away any prior evidence to the contrary.
Following his seventh-round stoppage of Donovan Dennis last week on ShowBox, Miller is eyeing a return date on April 22 at a site to be determined and former foe Dawejko is the leading candidate to face him, co-promoter Greg Cohen told RingTV.com on Tuesday.
“We wouldn’t mind him fighting Joey, but anyone of that ilk to keep Jarrell moving up the ladder,” Cohen said, also mentioning Lucas Browne and (Joshua) Parker on his wish-list of opponents, which seems to grow with each passing second and interview request.
Miller has reached a point in his career where his team is starting to dream big.
On Tuesday, Cohen oscillated between insisting that Miller is ready to challenge for a title now to also preaching patience for a 27-year-old heavyweight who is teeming with potential in and out of the ring.
While Miller called out the likes of WBC champion and Ring No. 3-rated Deontay Wilder (“I’m coming for your Alabama barbecue,” Miller said in the ring), Cohen was similarly confident.
He dismissed IBF champion Charles Martin’s chances against Miller.
“I think Jarrell would destroy Charles Martin today,” Cohen said. “I would be very confident with him even against Deontay Wilder right now.”
Cohen, who promotes Miller with former title challenger Dmitriy Salita, believes that Miller is physically too strong for even RING, WBO and WBA champion Tyson Fury.
Cohen was more respectful of Wladimir Klitschko and RING No. 5-rated Luis Ortiz, however, based on their vast experience. Miller turned pro in 2009 and has just 17 fights and has gone past the seventh round just once.
“If Wladimir wins (his rematch with Fury), we don’t need to rush that because Wladimir has such great experience,” Cohen said. “And the other one is Luis Ortiz, who’s had eight zillion amateur fights and he is very talented and experienced and there’s no rush for that.”
Cohen could see Miller, who is trying to drop a little weight off his 274-pound frame, challenge for a title “within a year.”
“Or at the very least some type of box-off (in a year),” Cohen said. “I think guys like an (Ring No. 9) Anthony Joshua- that’s a huge fight down the road.”
Regardless of the opponent, the future seems bright for Miller in the eyes of Cohen and many others.
“I think Jarrell right now could beat anyone in the world,” Cohen said. “That being said, do I think he’s going to fight for the heavyweight title in his next fight? Probably not. But I think if you put Jarrell in with another Top-10, top-15 type of heavyweight, I think Jarrell is going to knock out everyone in his path and I think with his fighting style, with his power and then you hear him talk- he’s funny, charismatic, he’s got a great personality- he’s the package. He’s what people want to see in the heavyweight division.”
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