SAN DIEGO, July 28, 2017 – Showtime Boxing brings the undercard fights from Brooklyn’s Barclays Center to fans via its Facebook and YouTube channels on Saturday. The events get underway at approximately 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT.
CDN has made it easy for you – you can watch the livestream fights here Saturday.
Credit goes to the entire Showtime team led by Showtime Sports VP Stephen Espinoza for its approach giving fans “bonus boxing” via live streaming technology. It’s the future in boxing and other promoters and networks would be wise to get on board.
There’s every chance the best fight of the night will take place here in the heavyweight fight between former world title challenger Gerald Washington (18-1-1, 12 KOs) and rising contender Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller (18-0-1, 16 KOs).
The fight presents a distinct contrast in styles both inside and outside the ring. Miller is nicknamed “Big Baby” for a reason. He weighed in at 298 pounds. No, that’s not a typo. Miller’s weight has fluctuated from 255 pounds up to his current weight. He outweighed Washington by 50.5 pounds, Washington hitting 248 pounds. Miller is 6-foot 4; Washington is 6-foot-7.
Miller has the big personality to go with this size. A former kickboxer and mixed martial arts fighter, he is outspoken and entertaining. He is fighting in his hometown, and he says he wants to put on a show.
Washington originally aspired to play professional football after a successful college career playing for the University of Southern California. A veteran of the United States Navy, injuries forced Washington in another direction, and he chose boxing. He is confident without the least bit of cockiness and willingly engages with his fans.
At the final news conference, Washington began his remarks. “I came ready to go to work. I’ll shut that big mouth up. I’m going to hold this guy accountable for all the stuff he’s been talking. You’ll in with a real one, brother. I’ll show you what it’s all about. Welcome to the game, I’m ready to go.”
Miller interrupted Washington at the microphone to have words with him.
“First of all, if you don’t know who Big Baby is, you soon will,” said Miller. “I’ve never seen somebody go five rounds with a world champion and get knocked out and get praised for that. In my hood it’s called an ass-whooping.”
“This young man says he’s going to introduce me to big time boxing. The first time he stood up in a big time boxing event, he got knocked down. I’ve been in front of 30,000, 25,000 fans in Japan, Croatia, and trust me, when I went, I went to war and went to win. This young man, when you come to Brooklyn, His name is El Gallo, Chicken, El Rooster, whatever it is. One thing we love in New York is fried chicken. I’m going to cook your ass boy. I ain’t Deontay, trust me,” said Miller, referring to Washington’s first career loss earlier this year in a fifth round stoppage by WBC champion Deontay Wilder.
Washington concluded with ironic applause, saying to Miller “You’re going to bring the fire out.”
Miller is riding a seven fight knockout streak, but admittedly it’s against limited opposition. Miller is supposed to look good to this point. Washington not only has the better fight resume, he’s gotten in valuable work as a sparring partner to former heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko.
Washington says both the loss to Wilder and time working with Klitschko will help him beat Miller.
“Going into the Klitschko camp was really helpful because he fights from bell to bell, an experience that’s a major factor for me in my overall improvement. He really puts the pressure on by not necessarily being right there in your face but by applying long-range pressure,” explained Washington.
“I absorbed so much knowledge from him. I knew what I was up against in taking a fight [against Wilder] for the heavyweight championship of the world, and I’m proud of what I did in that fight. But then after being in Klitschko’s camp, I’ll be so much more active.”
Washington said he’ll be working behind his jab “like I always do, but even better,” and use it to set up body work to break Miller down. Washington’s jab is a significant weapon, and if he can use it to keep Miller busy and outside his range, he can work from there all night.
Miller has other ideas. “However the knockout comes, it comes. This is boxing so anything can happen in there. Deontay Wilder is different than me. I’m going to show that on Saturday. I hope that I can get a fight with Deontay Wilder after this one … We’re going to keep fighting, getting knockouts and eventually a world title fight.”
Also streamling online, Ireland’s Katie Taylor (5-0, 3 KOs) makes her professional debut in the United States against southpaw Jasmine Clarkson (4-8, 0 KOs) of Texas. The veteran Taylor is part of the wave of British boxing resurgence, coming off an impressive amateur career with gold Olympic gold medals to show for it.
Taylor said it was the perfect time for her to turn professional. “Women’s boxing is on a high at the moment. There have been so many great pros recently and so many big fights being made. It’s only going to get bigger and bigger. I truly believe the best is yet to come for women’s boxing.”
Clarkson, who was only named as Taylor’s opponent this week, says she’s simply honored to have the opportunity. “She’s (Taylor) probably the greatest Irish athlete ever. Male or female. She’s the reason women’s boxing is in the Olympics. She’s a star in Ireland and I’m thrilled to be on the same card as her. I’m very thankful to the fans who have supported me and I’m going to make sure they enjoy Saturday night.”
Taylor is based in nearby Connecticut training with Ross Enameit, and says she’s settled in nicely in the U.S. “It’s great to finally have an opportunity like this stateside,” said Taylor. “We prepare for every fight like it’s a world title fight so I’m feeling fantastic heading into this one. It’s great to be on such a big card as well. I’m very excited for Saturday night.”
Fans looking forward to seeing another Irish boxer, the return of former two-division world titleholder Carl Frampton, will be disappointed. After Frampton failed to make weight, Guitierrez apparently suffered an accident, slipping while in the shower. He ended up with a serious cut along his jawline on the chin. His promoter announced the cancellation of the entire card via its Facebook page. Belfast fans with tickets looking forward to the bout were enraged, and made their feelings known in the comments section.
Frampton (23-1, 14 KOs), the 27-year-old former two-division world champion missed the featherweight limit by a pound for the WBC eliminator against Andres Gutierrez (35-1-1, 25 KOs) of Mexico. Gutierrez, 24, made weight at 125.6 pounds.
As a result, Frampton would not have the opportunity to move forward with a win against champion Gary Russell Jr. of the United States (28-1, 17 KOs). Only Gutierrez could claim the opportunity against Russell Jr. with a victory. All for naught now.
Frampton, the 2016 Fighter of the Year after his win over Scott Quigg to unify the junior featherweight division, issued an apology to his fans after his failure on the scale.
“I’d like to apologize to the fans that have got involved and shown incredible support throughout this frantic fight week, and to those that will be cheering me onto victory on Saturday night,” Frampton said. “Furthermore, I would like to apologize to my opponent Andres Gutierrez, who will still have the opportunity to win the WBC eliminator on Saturday.”
The truth is, the fight was always intended as a tune-up for Frampton on the road to another go at Mexican-American Leo Santa Cruz to try and win his title back, or a fight with Lee Selby of Wales for his IBF featherweight title.
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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