Heavyweight contender Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller is still looking for a marquee win, and while that’s not likely to come on Saturday, he does return to the ring this weekend in Kansas, where he’ll face Bogdan Dinu in a DAZN-streamed main event.
Miller (22-0-1, 19 KO) just fought on Oct. 6, taking care of faded former contender Tomasz Adamek with a second round knockout in Chicago. After that easy work, he wanted to come back quickly, and he is.
Dinu (18-0, 14 KO) is unbeaten but untested, splitting his pro career between his native Romania and Canada.
“Bogdan is aggressive but that’s against guys that want to survive. He’s never fought someone like me, who is going to be the aggressor in the fight,” Miller said in a Matchroom release.
“He’s light and he’s not a heavy puncher, and I’m going to be coming forward, throwing bombs and mixing it up, it’s going to be completely new to him. He’s going to try to move against me, everybody does, but then they all end up running for their lives – and they can only run for so long.”
But what Miller really longs for is that big win to truly announce his arrival in the division, and he’s got his sights set on one man in particular: Dillian Whyte.
“I am not afraid of Dillian – I’m afraid of no man. If AJ is not ready to face me with a title, then I’ll go and whoop Dillian’s butt. It’ll help my profile in Britain,” he said. “He’s a clown, nobody is afraid of him. He’s got a win over Lucas Browne and that’s it. For him to call people punks, he’s deluded, I’ve fought three world title contenders back to back. He turned down Mariusz Wach twice and he didn’t really want to fight Duhaupas, he’s naive.”
Whyte (24-1, 17 KO) is set to return on Dec. 22 in London, facing Dereck Chisora in a rematch of their 2016 war. He’s considered a top contender in the division now, and is the favorite to face Anthony Joshua in April at Wembley Stadium, but Miller isn’t impressed.
“I rate him as a fighter, he throws punches and wins – he’s a top guy now because since he got his block knocked off by AJ they’ve built him the right way,” Miller said. “When he gets in the ring with me, watch how he changes, watch how the whole ‘I’m the Body Snatcher, I walk guys down’ stops.
“He couldn’t walk down a 230-pound Joseph Parker, so you’re going to walk me down, 300-pound behemoth that throws 80 punches a round? I haven’t even thrown my right hand in my last few fights for a reason, so when I really start clocking these guys, then people will see.”