SAN DIEGO, July 29, 2017 – Heavyweight Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller (19-0-1, 17 KOs) of Brooklyn was too much in every sense for former world title challenger Gerald Washington (18-2-1, 12 KOs) of California. Miller kept the heat on Cunningham, who displayed plenty of grit until his corner wisely stopped the fight after nine grinding rounds.
Miller was able to impose his will, his size, and close distance, delivering a diversified portfolio of punches. Washington, who was outweighed 50 pounds by Miller, tried to fight from the outside and use his height and reach advantage. But when a man as big as Miller decides to come right at you, it’s nearly impossible to push him away. If you can’t get out of the way, you’re going to get hit. Miller was successful cutting the ring off and giving Washington nowhere to go.
Washington started strong, but after the first round, Miller had things figured out and the fight wasn’t competitive. Washington made one final stand at the start of the sixth round, unleashing everything he had and scoring with a good left hook. It wasn’t enough, and the rest of the fight was a war of attrition. At the time of the stoppage it wasn’t a blowout on the judges’ cards, but Miller was in no danger of losing.
“I definitely made a statement … I wanted to show Brooklyn what a real American heavyweight looks like,” Miller said after the bout. Miller said he brings excitement to the heavyweight division in the same way as some younger American rising stars in the sport. “The main thing about boxing is being exciting. The last few months, I’ve been watching Gervonta (David), Errol Spence, it motivates me … they motivate me as a big guy.”
How far away does Miller think he is from a title fight? “I think one or two more fights, after an 11-month layoff. I’d like to prove there is a new American heavyweight champion on the block and it ain’t Deontay,” referring to American WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder.
Miller has a solid opportunity to become a significant player in the heavyweight division now if he gets more fights and stays busy. He’s still introducing himself to the American fans. There’s a lot to like about “Big Baby” and the more people see him, the more they’ll warm up to his big personality and support him. Miller shouldn’t make the same mistake as American WBC heavyweight title holder Deontay Wilder, who’s far too inactive to build up fan momentum. Out of sight, out of mind in boxing.
Miller mentioned sparring with fellow heavyweight Adam Kownacki, a Polish born boxer now fighting out of Brooklyn. Warnacki won a solid stoppage victory over veteran Artur Szpilka at the Nassau Coliseum two weeks ago. Warnacki’s nickname is Babyface… could we have Babyface versus Big Baby? As a colleague of mine likes to say, “Jesus be a matchmaker!”
Ireland’s Katie Taylor (6-0, 4 KOs) won her professional debut in the United States with ease, stopping Jasmine Clarkson (4-9, 0 KOs) in three rounds. When you’re delivering punches with accuracy upstairs and downstairs including multiple left hooks, an opponent is only going to last so long. Clarkson’s corner was wise to stop the bout after three rounds. Credit to Clarkson for taking the fight on four days notice. Taylor is so skilled and powerful, few women can challenge her. She hopes to get a world championship title fight before the end of the year. Possible opponents including WBC lightweight world champion Delfine Persoon of Belgium or IBF lightweight champion Victoria Bustos of Argentina.
U.S. Olympian Rau’shee Warren took a solid decision over former junior bantamweight champion McJoe Arroyo of Puerto Rico. Scores were 118-100 and 117-111 twice. Warren (15-2, 4 KOs) moved down in weight from bantamweight for the fight, and it seemed to suit him well in an action packed bout against Arroyo (17-2, 8 KOs). This world title elimination win puts Warren in line to get a title back, but the 115-pound division, AKA the super flyweights, is packed with talent. Much of it will be on display September 9 in the “Superfly” card in Los Angeles.
Compliments to Showtime Boxing for offering the undercard fights to fans via live streaming on its Facebook Live and YouTube channels. Streaming technology is an ideal tool to deliver quality boxing to fans and build interest in rising stars like Miller and Taylor. We’d like to see others follow Showtime’s lead.
Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Ringside Seat in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +
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