By Keith Idec
Jarrell Miller will face a big challenge, at least literally, in his HBO debut.
According to a ringtv.com report Monday night, the trash-talking, undefeated heavyweight contender will oppose Poland’s Mariusz Wach on November 11 at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. The 10-round bout between Miller (19-0-1, 17 KOs) and the 6-feet-7 Wach will open HBO’s broadcast before a main event that will pit former WBA middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs (32-2, 29 KOs) against Luis Arias (18-0, 9 KOs) in the main event.
Jacobs has signed exclusive agreements with HBO and Eddie Hearn’s promotional company, Matchroom Boxing. The 29-year-old Miller, meanwhile, will receive his best exposure as a professional.
The 6-feet-4, 298-pound Brooklyn native beat Gerald Washington (18-2-1, 12 KOs) by technical knockout after eight one-sided rounds in this last fight. That bout was broadcast by SHO Extreme, before a “Showtime Championship Boxing” doubleheader featuring Mikey Garcia and Adrien Broner aired on Showtime on July 29 from Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.
The 37-year-old Wach (33-2, 17 KOs) defeated Germany’s Erkan Teper (17-2, 11 KOs) by 12-round unanimous decision in his last fight, March 18 in Leipzig, Germany.
Wach has lost only to former WBA champion Alexander Povetkin (32-1, 23 KOs), who stopped him in the 12th round of their November 2015 fight in Kazan, Russia, and Wladimir Klitschko (64-5, 53 KOs), who beat Wach by unanimous decision in their November 2012 bout in Hamburg, Germany.
Wach tested positive for anabolic steroids after losing to Klitschko and was suspended for one year by the German Boxing Federation.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.