Jarrell Miller Is Eyeing a Return- “He Wants to Be an American Heavyweight Champion of the World”

Published 10/27/2021, 8:15 AM EDT


After almost three years since his last fight, Jarrell Miller finally seems ready to return to the ring. ‘Big Baby’ has hit the gym once again and is reportedly getting back in shape. While the heavyweight division has seen some major turnover in recent times, Miller’s entry can intensify the ride furthermore.

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The undefeated boxer was set to face Anthony Joshua back in 2019. It would have been his first shot at the unified world titles which were held by ‘AJ’ at that point. However, Miller tested positive for several banned substances and was handed a major suspension.

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A lot has changed in the past two years, especially in the heavyweight division. Joshua lost his titles to Ruiz Jr. regained them in an immediate rematch, defended them against Kubrat Pulev. And lost them again to Oleksandr Usyk.

Deontay Wilder, who was undefeated in 2019, now has 2 losses on his resume. And Tyson Fury is the WBC heavyweight champion. Thus, Miller will dive into a very different scenario from what he saw in 2019. However, promoter Dmitry Salita is optimistic about Big Baby’s future.

In a chat with The Sun, Salita said, “He is getting back in shape with a mindset to be the best in the division. He wants to be an American heavyweight champion of the world from Brooklyn, New York. We haven’t had that in a long time.” (H/T:- Boxing Scene)

Miller has always been overshadowed by other top-rated contenders in the division. However, he has earned quite a resume so far. On returning to action, he can offer a tough challenge to the top-level heavyweights.

Jarrell Miller has always been eye-catchy

23-0-1 as a professional, Miller has claimed 20 KOs so far. He has competed for 9 years straight but is yet to earn a major title under his name. A world title shot is also far from his radar, as he shall have to prove his worth in non-title bouts before claiming a right to the gold. Besides, his outer-ring activities have frequently generated controversies.

Now, when he plans to return, Dmitry Salita gave him some good advice and shared some valuable tips. He also shed light on the importance of kickboxing in Jarrell Miller’s boxing camps.

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Salita said, “Jarrell always did kickboxing training even for his boxing fights. It helps him get in shape and maybe one of the reasons why he is so athletic and flexible in the ring for a heavyweight.”

“I believe Jarrell learned his lessons and knows that he has several years to make a mark in the division. Positive, responsible action inside and outside the ring is what is most important and something that fans will look at, can’t blame anyone for that.”

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Miller has been an entertaining fighter and his in-ring style and vicious KO power were quite eye-catchy. That said, it will be interesting to see whether he can still dance around with the likes of Dillian Whyte, Deontay Wilder, and others.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. Combining his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports, he has earned a combined 3000 plus bylines over the last two years.

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