by David P. Greisman
It’s been more than four months since heavyweight prospect Jarrell Miller last fought. Part of that inactivity can be attributed to waiting for and working toward the right opportunity. But the other significant factor is what happened three months ago.
In late September, Miller accused Salita Promotions, run by former fighter Dmitry Salita, of breaching their contract.
“Although I do not wish to detail all the specific breaches perpetrated upon me under the promotional agreement, it is important to state that not only was I not paid my base minimum purses under this agreement, but I was grossly underpaid based upon the difficulty and significance of some of these bouts,” Miller said in a statement attributed to him. “But besides the issue of compensation, I can clearly state that my promoter failed to act in good faith and failed to make best efforts to promote my career.”
Salita’s company quickly responded, saying that Miller remained under contract and was not a free agent, while also alleging that Warriors Boxing and Adrien Broner’s promotional company “have been tortuously interfering with my company’s exclusive promotional contract with Jarrell Miller.”
Miller and Salita Promotions are in discussions about how to resolve the situation, according to Steve Nelson, Miller’s manager.
“If we get the right fight, I think we’ll be able to resolve our issues,” Nelson told BoxingScene.com. “Money solves problems. And if you get the right fight, whatever problems you have can be worked out.”
The fight Miller’s team has been working toward is a challenge of heavyweight titleholder Joseph Parker. They expect to have news on that bout by the first week of 2017.
“What it does is it affords us the opportunity to work out a resolution, which may or may not include Dmitry Salita,” Nelson said. “If you fight a Joseph Parker, we understand the lead promoter is Top Rank and Dmitry Salita takes a secondary role. That’s one way to get these things resolved. I can’t say how it gets resolved, but I think it would work things out between both parties.”
Miller, 28, is 18-0-1 with 16 KOs. His last appearance was on an Aug. 19 episode of “ShoBox: The New Generation,” when he stopped Fred Kassi in three rounds.
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