In America, there are some things that people just love and the heavyweight division has always been a glamour division in the States. At the moment, WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, from Alabama, is seeing a huge growth in popularity after becoming WBC champion and defending his title the past three years.
Wilder is presently locked in a heated online debate with IBF/WBA/WBO champion Anthony Joshua about a mega-fight and if it happens, it possibly is the biggest in the sport. But there are more fighters in the US making noise, who would one day love to have a crack at Wilder.
One of those men who stands out is undefeated, brash, Brooklyn heavyweight Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller. Miller (20-0-1, 18 KO’s) is a talkative guy and somebody who never backed down from a challenge or some beef online. Miller stands at 6’4” with a 78” reach, so he definitely fits in well in today’s era of heavyweights.
On April 28, we will see Miller return to the ring, when he faces off with 37-year old Frenchman Johann Duhaupas (37-4, 24 KO’s) on HBO from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. It’s not exactly the fight people were clamoring for, as Duhaupas has been stopped in the past few years by Wilder and Alexander Povetkin, yet, he is a credible name with experience.
More than anything, this could be an audition for Miller to land a shot vs. Joshua. Just this past weekend, Joshua successfully defended the IBF/WBA titles and collected the WBO bauble by defeating former champion Joseph Parker over 12 uneventful rounds in Cardiff, Wales. The fight may not have delivered in terms of excitement, yet a win is a win and Joshua’s stock still rises.
Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn had been quoted earlier saying that he could possibly be looking at Joshua making his American debut this year in New York against Miller. That is a fight that would absolutely sell itself, as Miller has never been one to shy away from hyping things up. Joshua is a bit more modest with his approach, yet still doesn’t shy away from a duel.
Curious what Miller had to say in the wake of Joshua’s somewhat lackluster win over Parker? After the bout, Miller took
“So you know this whole AJ fight?” Miller said in a video that has over 22,000 views. “Joseph Parker, I thought you won the fight brother. I thought you did your thing. I had it 8 rounds 4. But I did predict if it went to decision, they wasn’t going to give that you man.”
Now Miller is interested whether Hearn will really try to make the fight him him and Joshua.
“Let’s see if you are going to bring him to New York so I can bust that behind,” said Miller. “Summertime. Let’s see if he makes it happen. Anthony ‘G-String Joshua’ vs. ‘Big Baby’ in Brooklyn.”
In today’s heavyweight landscape, it’s a fight worth seeing.