Earlier this month in Manhattan, Matchroom Boxing officially announced their U.S. debut with Daniel Jacobs facing off against Luis Arias in a 12-round middleweight bout and Jarrell Miller taking on Mariusz Wach in a 12-round heavyweight tilt.
The event will take place Saturday, November 11 at NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York and will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT in the US and on Sky Sports in the UK.
Below is what Miller and Wach had to say:
JARRELL “Big Baby” MILLER - (19-0, 17 KOs):
“This is a long time coming to get to this point. If you know anything about the streets or anything about fighters, it’s been a long time to get to where I am at and no easy routs taken – 15 years and we are finally somewhere. I want to thank Eddie Hearn from the bottom of my heart for giving me the opportunity in a country where I am not from for him to see the talent in me and people that are from the country that I am from kind of overlook me.
HBO stepped up – Salita, he’s a pain in my butt, but I’ve known him since I was 16-years old and he’s a pretty good guy when he wants to be and he’s still my boy – Shalom.
It took my team to get me here. If I said I did it all by myself I would be lying to you – there were some days where I didn’t have a place to sleep.
There were days I had no money and Harry gave me a couple bucks. It took a lot for me to get to where I am today. I am super motivated. I am relaxed right now. I am super motivated. I fought at 296 my last fight and I am at 296 right now so imagine 5 weeks from now where I am going to be.
I am so angry on the inside from what happened a couple weeks ago because they wanted me to fight my best friend, but I sacrificed so much to get here, I would quit and die before I would give in the need to somebody else – that’s not the way how this works. November 11 is going to be war.
I’m an actually black/polish if you didn’t know that. I am going to give you a history lesson. A lot of people don’t know that the Polish helped the Haitians against the French to overthrow the French and to give Haitian people their independence. Since then, Poland is recognized as the only European country as being black. So he’s (pointing at Wach) actually black – he might not know that, so that means he can fight his ass off twice as much.
It took teamwork to get to where I am at I could not get here by myself but in that ring I am by myself and come November 11 I am going to kick your behind. He’s got no idea. If I am throwing 70 punches at 296 on five weeks notice imagine what I’m going to bring to the ring on November 11 – it’s going to be fireworks.
I thank everyone for giving me the opportunity t let me show my skills on TV. If you track me from amateurs, from kick-boxing till now I’ve been kicking but for a long time and that’s what’s going to happen on November 11 – I am going to kick butt again.
I’m not Adam or whoever you have sparred with. I’m not Klitschko – I am something different. I’m mean. I’m a killer. I’m going to knock your head off. I thank you for signing the contract because it was hard to find another dummy to step in and I appreciate it.
Thanks again – support your local fighters, support Brooklyn and of course look out for one another no matter if you are white. Muslim, Jew, Irish, Puerto Rican, no matter, we only have each other at the end of the day.”
MARIUSZ WACH - (33-2, 17 KOs):
“I would like to thank everybody that is out here especially HBO for giving me this chance in this big fight coming up with Joel Miller on November 11. We do know that Jarrell Miller is a strong fighter and a big heavyweight but he hasn’t met a warrior like me, he hasn’t met a heavyweight like me and on November 11 it is going to be war. I can’t wait to see everyone inside the Coliseum on November 11. Thank you.”