Thursday will mark the 1,314th day since Jarrell Miller threw a professional boxing punch in anger against Bogdan Dinu. The American returns a new man, according to his co-promoters.
On June 23, at Buenos Aires Casino in Argentina, the former heavyweight contender nicknamed “Big Baby” returns to action for the first time in five months shy of four years.
Miller faces Argentinean veteran Ariel Esteban “Chiquito” Bracamonte in a ten-round showdown that he’s fully expected to win comfortably.
The fight is ironically part of the WBA’s two-day KO Drugs Festival. It would be no surprise to learn that Miller and his team instigated this move to prove their commitment to a steroid-free career.
People forget that Miller is unbeaten at 23-0-1, 20 KOs, and was on the cusp of challenging for the world heavyweight title when flagged for adverse findings.
A massive New York event against Anthony Joshua fell apart when Miller tested positive shortly after a heated Big Apple press conference.
To compound his misery, Miller served two years of that sentence only to test positive again in 2021.
The American puncher has been out of the ring since his fourth-round stoppage of Romanian Dinu, in which he claimed two ranking heavyweight titles.
Miller is now laser focused on returning to his formerly high ranking in the big man’s division. At six-foot-four, the Brooklyn native is a beast when on full pelt.
Proof of this comes from promoter confirmation of Miller sparring hundreds of rounds with fellow prominent heavyweights, including a beneficial stint as a sparring partner for WBC champion Tyson Fury.
Jarrell Miller matured
Instead of airing his thoughts on his comeback, official information stated: “Miller is in heavy final training. He’s not in a mood to comment.”
His co-promoters, Dmitriy Salita and Greg Cohen say that a more mature version of the outspoken and controversial “Big Baby” will take the ring walk this week.
“I’m very excited about Jarrell’s return to the ring,” said Salita. “He has matured and refocused to establish himself at the top of the heavyweight division with his special ‘Brooklyn spice.’
“Jarrell is more than ready to answer all the questions. He’ll answer them one fight at a time, inside the ring.”
“It’s been a very long time. I’m proud to say that Jarrell has made good use of it over the last two years,” added Greg Cohen.
“He’s more focused and dedicated than ever. Jarrell will undoubtedly re-inject some more excitement into the heavyweight division. It’s time to get back to work!”
Miller vs. Bracamonte will be broadcast live to South America and parts of the United States on TyC Sports.