Jarrell Miller was the talk of the town on Saturday night, but it’s hard to work out exactly how good the New Yorker is. The latest Miller victim, Bogdan Dinu, was unbeaten in 18 fights with 14 KOs but so grossly untested it is difficult to use him as a gauge of Miller’s talent.
Even the names Miller is now targeting -David Price, David Allen or Trevor Bryan- are uninspiring. Prehistoric brawler Fres Oquendo has also been mentioned as a future Miller foe. If the winner of the December 22 Pay-Per-View showdown between Dillian Whyte and Dereck Chisora fights Anthony Joshua, as expected, then the loser could mix with “Big Baby”. That would at least give us something to measure.
Pretenders, masquerading as contenders, have littered boxing’s glamour division for decades. Will Miller be the next Michael Grant? A cut-price Joe Mesi? The new DaVarryl Williamson? He reminds me slightly of former WBO heavyweight ruler Lamon Brewster. Probably a little more athletic, which is bizarre considering the ever-increasing body mass the 300-pounder carries around.
Some pundits have been calling for a fight between Miller and Luis Ortiz. I would welcome that. Ortiz has the power to test Miller’s chin. Miller appears to be able to sustain a relatively brisk pace; while Ortiz blows a little after the midway point. Miller isn’t elusive; he gets hit, so the early portion of the fight would be interesting. Miller gives the perception that he is physically bloated, so therefore lazy, but his work rate is not bad compared to some of the other lumbering behemoths that have graced the division in recent years. Nicolay Valuev weighed around the same as Miller. The gigantic Russian was over seven feet tall though, so could afford to carry that type of mass.
The only slight blemish on Miller’s 24-fight slate is a 2013 four-round draw with Joey Dawejko (all judges had it 37-37 at the final bell). Philadelphian Dawejko is another frustrating specimen. Clearly too heavy for the sport’s premier weight class, Joey has genuine ability, and when he’s in the groove can put punches together with sublime skill.
As for Miller, he says it’s time he knocked out a British fighter. Why not? Bring him over and stick him on an undercard. It’s certainly time he fought someone decent.