No one is going out on that limb and sayng it loud and proud, and that’s understandable, as karma has a way of kicking in your teeth when you get cocky and get ahead of yourself.
So no, nobody is going on the record and saying that Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller has hopped the tracks, from the Showtime side to the HBO side. Miller had been built up as an attraction and persona on ShoBox, as his promotional partner Dmitriy Salita has become a ShoBox kingpin the last two years.
On Saturday, tomorrow night, Miller, the 300 pound ex kickboxer, will take on 6-7 Mariusz Wach, and if he wins in fine fashion, he will announce himself onto that many more radar screens in the fan arena. He’s already someone to get excited about for pundits, who enjoy his loqaciousness, and TV executives, who see him as someone who could be this generation’s heavyweight superstar from the mean streets of Brooklyn. Tyson, Bowe…and Miller? He’ll have to advance and win a couple high profile clashes to get there, to Bowe territory, legacy-wise, but we can say it seems like his ambition level, to get to that place, is considerable.
I chatted with Miller at the Thursday press conference to hype the Saturday scrap, on a card topped by Danny Jacobs versus Luis Arias, in a middleweight violent waltz.
So, last time he fought on Showtime, this time HBO…and next time, it might be…..?
“HBO,” Miller said, after a mini pause. He then broke into a hint of a grin. Salita then sidled over, and being the wise counsel that he is, suggested that none of us get ahead of ourselves.
“Yeah,” Miller said, when I asked “maybe likely HBO next time?”
I could sense that Miller isn’t looking past Wach; he’s been in too many rodeos, and watched too many people get ahead of themselves, to do that. He knows he has to chop down Wach. His prediction: “like a seventh or eighth round knockout.”
And if that occurs, and Anthony Joshua wants to hit America for his next fight, to better introduce him to the US public, so the pot can get stirred by Team Joshua, promoter Eddie Hearn and the Wilder people, then it would make much sense that we get Jarrell Miller versus Anthony Joshua in the first quarter of 2018. And would I, wearing my fan hat, and having followed Miller since he was new on the boxing scene, enjoy the drama of Miller upending all the big planning, and downing Joshua? Indeed I would. That would restore the American heavyweight boxing scene to a stature not seen in many a moon.