By Mark Elezaj
When you talk about the Heavyweight division in boxing today names like Wilder, Fury, Joshua and Ortiz are always mentioned. They’re the “talk of the town” and that hype follows them in every conversation in every barbershop, in every forum and in every get together. The one name however that people seem to forget to mention is Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller.
Now if his name doesn’t ring a bell, you’re not paying attention to the sport at all. Jarrell Miller is a 6 foot 4 undefeated heavyweight contender from Brooklyn and if you know anything about Brooklyn, it is known to breed some of the best fighters to ever step foot in the ring. Champions like Tyson, Bowe and Juddah just to name a few. Millers current record is an impressive one at 21-0 (18 KO’s) with 1 Draw. But wait, there’s more. Miller also has a kickboxing record of 21-2 (9 KO’s), meaning that the man not only knows how to fight but is a true force to be reckoned with. He throws punches in bunches, wears his opponent down and makes it look so easy.
He first came onto the fight scene in 2007 when he competed in the World Combat League and made it to the finals of the New York Golden Gloves that same year. “Big Baby” is currently ranked the world’s sixth best active heavyweight by Boxrec and eighth by The Ring magazine.
Miller made his professional boxing debut at the age of 21 on July 18, 2009 and won his first fight by TKO in the first round defeating Darius Whitson in a scheduled 4-round bout. After a long layoff he stepped back in the ring to face Isaac Villanueva, stopping him via third round TKO. He continued to make a name for himself by stopping his next opponent in the first round by TKO and suddenly the buzz around him was becoming louder.
January 19, 2013, Miller was in a scheduled 4 round fight against 22-year old Joey Dawejko. The fight went the distance and Miller was deducted 2 points for pushing during the fight, with the end result being a draw. Miller was the better fighter that night but those pushes took away from a good performance.
Miller kept his cool and continued to face opponents and put on a show of power, skill and finesse. He was not only beating his opponents, he wasn’t letting them see the middle rounds. He continued to climb the ladder and in 2014, he was called out by Raymond Ochieng. Miller accepted the challenge and in April 2015 beat him by TKO in the first round. Miller then faced Damon McCreary and won the bout via second round stoppage after beating on McCreary until he slumped through the ropes falling defenseless in a sitting position. Miller had two more fights in 2015 and now the boxing community was talking about “Big Baby” because he was that good.
February 1st, 2016 Miller became the NABA champion after Shannon Briggs was stripped of the title. On May 27 he faced Nick Guivas for the vacant WBO NABO Heavyweight title and knocked out Guivas in the second round. He has been an unstoppable force and is only getting better. The term “The Next Great Heavyweight Champion” has been thrown around for decades but remember you heard this hear today. Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller is the next great Heavyweight Champion.
This Saturday, October 6, 2018 Miller steps in the ring again to face Tomasz Adamek. I strongly recommend watching this fight, familiarizing yourself with Miller and enjoying the show he’s going to put on. Fighters like him are a dying breed.
~The Fighting Voice~