As many know, Brooklyn N.Y. has a rich boxing history. Many of the great boxing champions fought in Brooklyn including John L. Sullivan, Harry Greb, Joe Gans, Jack Dempsey, and the list goes on.
Equally, Brooklyn is also revered as the birthplace of many great heavyweight champions including, Floyd Patterson, Michael Moorer, Mike Tyson, Shannon Briggs and Riddick Bowe.
Sugar Ray Robinson, arguably the greatest boxer of all time, also fought in Brooklyn. His skills earned him the moniker of the “pound-for-pound” best ever. But even so, many would not expect Sugar to beat a heavyweight, and therefore there remains the mystique of the heavyweight being the ultimate champion. But just as the moniker “pound-for-pound” flourished, the advent of Iron Mike Tyson returned attention to the heavyweights, as he became the self-proclaimed “baddest man on the planet.”
It was during my recent conversation with the up and coming powerhouse Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller that I learned that Mike Tyson had inspired him to get into the fight game. He said that Mike Tyson is his all time favorite. Not only does he love Tyson’s fighting prowess, but Mike Tyson is from Brooklyn just like Mr. Miller and brought pride and respect to the borough.
Mr. Miller will continue on his quest to emulate his ring hero with a mega-fight as Brooklyn’s own Heavyweight will make his “Showtime” debut on October 23, 2015. This is a major step for Miller as the Showtime viewership is much wider than he has experienced before and here he is not an undercard attraction but a co-feature with Middleweights Rob Brant vs. Louis Rose. A big win could catapult Jarrell into the top contender status in the heavyweight division where he may be matched against Anthony Joshua, Alexander Povetkin, Bryant Jennings and Deontay Wilder.
Before Deontay Wilder won the WBC heavyweight belt in January 2015, the last American Heavyweight champion was Shannon Briggs who won it in 2007 and is also from Brooklyn. Jarrell wants to bring the belt back to Brooklyn for his fans.
Miller is Newyorkfighting.com‘s own heavyweight boxing champion and is followed closely by this publication. This will be Miller’s fifth fight in 2015, with his last three fights ending by knockout.
Miller’s opponent Akhror “Aha” Muralimov holds a record of 16 wins, 1 loss, with 13 KOs, and stands 5’11”, 250 lbs. He has a Mike Tyson physique and fights out of Texas via Uzbekistan. He has an impressive amateur background with over 150 fights. As a professional Muralimov has scored 6 knockouts in his last 8 fights.
Muralimov is an aggressive, hard puncher with fast hands. He has a ”come forward” style using a jab to the body or double jab to the head as his method of entry. He uses this approach so he can follow with quick over hand rights or left hooks.
Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller holds a record of 14 wins, 0 losses, 1 draw, with 12 KOs, and stands 6’4”, 250 lbs. He is big boned and powerful. His physique and natural attributes are enhanced with a kickboxing background. As some would critique his lack of amateur experience, others would argue that he skipped elementary school and went straight to college by being a primary sparring partner for Wladimir Klitschko, the current undispusted heavyweight champion.
Mr. Miller is a very versatile fighter who can fight on the inside or the outside. When necessary he can use his height, weight and reach very well. Lately, however, he has taken the tactic of banging on the inside to get his opponent “out of there” making for some exciting action. I suspect in this fight he will probably engage in a fire fight early looking for a spectacular finish, possibly a knockout of the year candidate. But Muralimov is a strong durable fighter with some good “pop” of his own.
If Muralimov is stronger and more durable than expected, the “Big Baby” will have to resort to long range fighting where he sets traps and lines up his opponent for power right hands and hooks. With this strategy I predict that the TKO will occur in the later rounds.
Newyrokfighting.com predicts that its “Miller Time” and once again and Mr. Miller will walk away with a big “W” for the following reasons:
Stronger at long range: Usually this would be a matchup of a guy who is fighting on the inside imposing his will on a guy who fights on the outside. Here, Miller can fight inside or outside so he has more options when it comes to which range he needs to operate from. Muralimov has shown that he is weaker at long range.
Muralimov has very fast hands. Mr. Miller also has fast hands and does not have to “bridge the gap” to let his hands go.
- Both fighters have good power and a good chin. If it is a slugfest and no one gets a quick knockout, Mr. Miller has proven more durable and able to go deeper into the rounds, while Muralimov tires late. Mr. Miller‘s added bulk leaning on Muralimov may hasten this process
- Mr Miller has never lost. This factor pays dividends as we have seen with Floyd Mayweather and recently Gennady Golovkin. These fighters are supremely confident and this can be a huge advantage.
Tune in Friday October 23rd on Showtime from Pheonix, Arizona, as our own Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller fights Ahkor Muralimov. This win will help Jarrell Miller gain momentum among those vying for a clash with the undisputed champ Klitschko.
Written by Head boxing contributor, Adrian Anthony
Editor: Kyle Antonelli
Photos provided by Anthony B Geathers at ABGPotos.com
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