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Jarrell Miller out to make a name for himself in the UK in 2019

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American juggernaut Jarrell ‘Big Baby’ Miller 22-0-1 (19) wants to claim a British scalp in 2019 as he seeks to land a world title shot against unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua 22-0 (21).

The undefeated Miller, 30, has his sights set on the winner of the heavyweight clash between Dillian Whyte24-1 (17) and Dereck Chisora29-8 (21) scheduled to take place at London’s O2 Arena on December 22.

“I have to beat a Brit – if I do that, a lot will change,” said Miller. “When you are high risk, low reward, people will make excuses not to fight you and the fans will buy into it.

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“I am not afraid of Dillian – I’m afraid of no man. If AJ is not ready to face me with a title, then I’ll go and whoop Dillian’s butt. It’ll help my profile in Britain.

“He’s a clown, nobody is afraid of him. He’s got a win over Lucas Browne and that’s it. For him to call people punks, he’s deluded.

“I’ve fought three world title contenders back-to-back. He turned down Maiusz Wach twice and he didn’t really want to fight [Johann] Duhaupas, he’s naïve.

“I rate him as a fighter, he throws punches and wins – he’s a top guy now because since he got his block knocked off by AJ they’ve built him the right way.

“When he gets in the ring with me, watch how he changes, watch how the whole ‘I’m the Body Snatcher, I walk guys down’ stops.

“He couldn’t walk down a 230-pound Joseph Parker, so you’re going to walk me down, a 300-plus pound behemoth that throws 80 punches a round? I haven’t even thrown my right hand in my last few fights for a reason, so when I really start clocking these guys, then people will see.”

Miller is scheduled to face undefeated but untested 32-year-old Romanian prospect Bogdan Dinu 18-0 (14) at the Kansas Star Arena in Mulvane, Kansas on November 17 live on DAZN.

“The big fights take some manoeuvring and finessing, so building my profile, winning the regular title and getting into a mandatory spot is definitely going to help me in that situation,” continued Miller.

“I think I will definitely be in a spot to have an AJ or [WBC heavyweight champion] Deontay Wilder fight later in the year, so I need to get this win in Kansas and stay busy, focused, injury-free and ready.

“Bogdan is aggressive but that’s against guys that want to survive. He’s never fought someone like me, who is going to be the aggressor in the fight.

“He’s light and he’s not a heavy puncher, and I’m going to be coming forward, throwing bombs and mixing it up, it’s going to be completely new to him. He’s going to try to move against me, everybody does, but then they all end up running for their lives – and they can only run for so long.”

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