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Jarrell Miller-Trevor Bryan in the works for January 18th

Bryan defeated BJ Flores for the interim WBA title earlier this year.

Jerrell Miller v Tomasz Adamek Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images
Patrick Stumberg is a freelance writer for SB Nation, first joining the network in 2011 before linking up with Bad Left Hook in 2015.

ESPN is giving us plenty of January updates today. Their newest scoop: Jarrell Miller’s management is looking to pit “Big Baby” against interim WBA heavyweight champ Trevor Bryan on the 18th at Madison Square Garden. The fight would air on DAZN.

Miller (23-0-1, 20 KO) had been looking to challenge for the regular title, but Manuel Charr’s doping troubles and Fres Oquendo’s disinclination to fight him on short notice means this isn’t a surprising move.

Bryan (20-0, 14 KO) having a belt is absurd even by the WBA’s standards. Despite having a “Super” champion (Anthony Joshua) and a regular champion (Charr), both of whom had fights booked, the sanctioning body elected to staple their interim belt to Bryan’s August bout with BJ Flores. Bryan wound up stopping Flores in four for his third consecutive knockout, having finished Sandy Antonio Soto (2-20) and Francois Russell (2-24) in 2017.

Miller is currently the odd man out at the top of the division, as Deontay Wilder, Tyson Fury, and Anthony Joshua all seem to be fixated on one another. Smashing Bryan won’t sway any doubters into believing he’s the “best American heavyweight,” but I suppose even a garbage belt is leverage.

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