WBA number two and WBO number three ranked heavyweight Jarrell ‘Big Baby’ Miller 22-0-1 (19) believes that boxing politics are keeping him from a shot at unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua 22-0 (21).
The undefeated 30-year-old Brooklynite made the comments after knocking out Polish veteran Tomasz Adamek 53-6 (31) at the Wintrust Arena in Chicago on Saturday night.
“I’ve been earning a shot against Anthony Joshua, but when it comes to boxing, there’s all these politics, they try to manoeuvre,” said Miller to Sky Sports.
Miller even pointed the finger at his own promoter Eddie Hearn, who also promotes the 28-year-old British heavyweight.
“Eddie Hearn is keeping him away from me right now, but what can I say about Eddie. He’s made promises and he’s kept his word, so I think the AJ fight is going to come through sooner or later,” he said.
Sky Sports boxing pundit and former WBO cruiserweight champion Johnny Nelson praised Miller for putting himself in a position where the big names of the division cannot ignore him.
“Miller is trying to put himself in the position where he’s one of those fighters that you can’t ignore. I remember when Deontay Wilder boxed Luis Ortiz, and Miller jumped on the ringside apron. Deontay turned around and growled at him,” wrote Nelson in a column for Sky Sports.
“He looks like he can fight, he sounds like he can fight, and so far his record looks like he can back up the boasts. He’s a big, tough unit. I expect him to get himself into a position like Dillian Whyte, where fighters will soon have to face him…
“Miller is tough and will wear you down. Let’s tell the truth, he doesn’t look like a supreme model athlete, but he’s strong, can fight at a pace, and he can box. He previously did mixed martial arts, so therefore he understands the art of close combat.”