So, Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller will be afforded the opportunity of a lifetime, when he gets to challenge heavyweight titlist Anthony Joshua, within the confines of his home state, in what will surely be a sold-out Madison Square Garden.
Props go out to Miller, for soldiering in within the sport, after coming over here from kick-boxing. And heavy props also go to his promoter, Dmitriy Salita. The ex prize fighter has worked tirelessly since starting in the promotional game in 2014, and for him to get a heavyweight prospect to this place after just five years…well, that can't be glossed over.
The competition in the promotional field is wicked…The sharks are present left and right and center, and for Salita to maneuver the 300 pounder to this place is an immense feather in his cap. I asked him about this achievement.
“It’s been quite a journey and very meaningful to me on a personal level that I was with Jarrell from the very beginning of his career… and now he is going to fight in one of the biggest fights in boxing and one of the bigger heavyweight fights ever at Madison Square Garden,” the 36 year old immigrant success story told me.
“And I predicted that he would be star when he was a four round fighter and you Mike Woods are a witness to my testimony,” said the deal-maker, who was born in Ukraine.
“On a professional level to develop a fighter from a four rounder to the undisputed heavyweight world title at Madison Square Garden feels very rewarding. And on June 1st Jarrell will be the Unified Heavyweight World Champion,” said Salita, who also promotes Claressa Shield (below, left, who fights Christina Hammer, right, in April), and has a growing stable of under the radar talent that will be vying for world titles in the not too distant future.