Big Baby Miller vs Wach results: Jarrell performed exactly as Team Joshua had hopedWritten by Leroy Cleveland
Last night at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York, heavyweight Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller (20-0, 18 KOs) from Brooklyn stopped Poland’s Mariusz Wach (33-3, 17 KOs) in Round 9.
It was a solid win for Miller and the biggest moment in his career to date given the level of opposition. However, Big Baby's performance isn't getting fans excited about the prospect for a heavyweight title showdown with WBA/IBF champ Anthony Joshua.
The presumed leading candidate to face Joshua, Miller needed a decisive win.
“Jarrell Miller’s making a lot of noise right now,” Joshua's promoter, Eddie Hearn, said two weeks ago.
“We look at potential opponents for Anthony Joshua, particularly in the United States and Jarrell Miller’s at the top of the list.”
It would make more sense to introduce Anthony to the American masses, pique Americans' interest and THEN face Wilder when the public demand for that bout in the US is much greater. Heightened interest always equates to increased revenue.
If you're Team Joshua, you need a fella who is proven but not too proven. Hence, taking a big risk would jeopardize the Wilder superfight.
"Miller's not yet in that position, he hasn't beat anyone. [Mariusz] Wach is a good test, but again the Pole has not beaten anyone of decent note himself, he's more known as a gallant loser who is durable with a great chin," British boxing star Tony Bellew told Sky Sports.
"Wach is not a stepping stone to a world title fight, just a name. I like his talk but he still has improvements to make. I would definitely like him to face one of the big boys further down the line."
That's EXACTLY the situation Hearn wants, Tony. Team Joshua isn't looking to take chances with the Wilder superfight looming.
"Miller looks like a lot of fun during fight week, but he's not up at the elite level in the heavyweight division. It is a small pond, with a couple of very big fish at the moment, so it is hard to see how he gets up there - although talking a good game always helps," fight legend Carl Froch added.
"Put him in with Dillian Whyte, that would be good. The winner would prove he is the next in line to try and get a shot at the world titles."
Yes Carl, Miller is a lot of fun. In boxing, personality is almost as important as winning as fans gravitate more to "fighters of interest." Conor McGregor anyone? Big Baby Miller is a charismatic guy with a commanding presence who is well capable of generating interest beyond the sport's hardcore junkies.
Big Baby Miller is the perfect opponent for Joshua at this time; Especially if the fight is in the US.
He's a fun, 280 pound fighter with a perfect record of 20-0 with 18 KOs who has stopped his second straight former world title challenger inside the distance but is still green and has some deficiencies.
He got the TKO but doesn't appear threatening to Joshua.
Look for Joshua vs Miller in March or April.