Jarrell Miller to face Nick Guivas on Friday night
Heavyweight Jarrell Miller has displayed his power in recent fights. That trend may continue in his upcoming fight.
Miller will face Nick Guivas Friday night at the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino in Niagara Falls, New York. The 10-round bout will air live on CBS Sports Network, beginning at 9 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. PT.
After fighting sporadically early on in his career, the 27-year-old Miller has been active over the last couple of years, attempting to assert himself among top American heavyweight prospects.
Miller (16-0-1, 14 knockouts) might have convinced some skeptics in his last bout on Jan. 22, stopping Donovan Dennis in the seventh round. Miller had Dennis down twice in the first round.
Miller, who resides in Brooklyn, New York, has stopped his last five opponents in a row.
Guivas may become knockout victim No. 6 if Miller puts forth the type of performance he had against Dennis and in his previous fight, a third round stoppage win over once-beaten Akhror Muralimov.
Guivas (12-3-2, 9 KOs) began his pro career less than two weeks before his 33rd birthday. Guivas does have a high knockout percentage but that has been against less-than-modest opposition.
In his last bout on Dec. 5, Guivas won a four-round unanimous decision over Matthew Greer.
Guivas’ two best-known fights did not end well. The Topeka, Kansas. resident faced Bowie Tupou in March of 2014, losing by TKO in the sixth round. Last August, Guivas was stopped in the third round by Chazz Witherspoon.
In the co-main event, lightweight Harmonito Dela Torre of the Philippines faces Guillermo Sanchez in an eight-round bout.
Dela Torre (17-0, 12 KOs), who will be making his United States debut, stopped Richard Betos in the second round of his last bout on Nov. 14.
Sanchez (15-18-1, 6 KOs) is from nearby Buffalo and has lost his last four bouts. He does have victories over three unbeaten fighters, including Rod Salka in 2010.
Welterweight and hometown fighter Nick Casal (22-4-1, 17 KOs) will fight for the first time in over four-and-a-half years, when he squares off against Antonio Chaves Fernandez (7-26-4, 2 KOs) in a six-round bout.
Francisco A. Salazar has written for RingTV since October of 2013 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (California) Star newspaper, BoxingScene.com and Knockout Nation. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing.
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