Well, it seems that Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller wasn’t on the shortlist to fight Tyson Fury after all.
Miller ‘s (23-0-1, 20 KOs) co-promoter Greg Cohen in a recent interview with Boxingscene.com, stated Miller was not in the running, or a legit thought to take on Fury. Fury instead, is slated to take on Otto Wallin September 14th in Las Vegas.
“How can we turn down a fight we were never officially offered,” Cohen told BoxingScene.com in response to reading the claims by Fury over the weekend. “Yes, we spoke with Top Rank (Fury’s co-promoter) about the fight—I would describe those talks as tangential conversations, at best.”
“There were never serious discussions about Tyson Fury fighting Jarrell on that date—and there certainly wasn’t an offer made.”
— BoxingScene.com (@boxingscene) August 19, 2019
Miller for those unaware initially a match with then titleholder Anthony Joshua in his backyard of Madison Square Garden on June 1st. It led with some heated exchanges at several press conferences between the two leading up to the fight. All of it for naught as Miller was denied a boxing license for testing positive for multiple banned substances in April. The fight instead went to Andy Ruiz Jr. who proceeded to pull off the upset and stopping Joshua in the 7th round.
Cohen in the interview with Boxingscene, sees Miller as an easy target in fight conversation since he is still suspended.
“It’s very easy for any heavyweight from (late April, when the positive drug tests were first reported) through present day to claim they want to fight Big Baby,” Cohen told Boxingscene. “Maybe Mr. Fury was led to believe that we were offered the fight and that we declined. But I’m not going to waste time wondering why he would make such a claim.
Miller can fight in any state that would grant him a boxing license and was at one point the front runner in some circles to face Fury next. We even picked the brain of Crystina Pouncher from Top Rank on the podcast after Fury destroyed Schwarz and confirmed that as well. His team decided to honor the ruling of the WBA suspension, which is due to expire on September 19.
Until then, Cohen stated that Miller would be ready to take on anyone once the suspension is over.
“What I can tell you is that a month from now, Jarrell ‘Big Baby’ Miller will be free from the WBA suspension and is very eager to return to the ring as soon as possible, “Cohen said to Boxingscene. “Once he’s cleared, we will happily entertain any real fight offer that is made to us. By then, it won’t be as easy for others to mention his name without having to actually follow through.”
We will see how many keep Miller’s name in their mouth for fight mentions, once he’s free and clear.