by David P. Greisman
Heavyweight prospect Jarrell Miller fought three times in 2016. For the first fight, back in January, the 6-foot-4 fighter tipped the scales at 274.25 pounds. By August, he was nearing the three-buck mark, going all the way up at 296.5 pounds.
His career has seen shifts in weight. Miller came in as low as 242 pounds for his fourth fight, back in December 2012, but then gained 44 pounds in just one month for a fight in January 2013.
Miller was at his highest for the most recent fight, a third-round technical knockout of Fred Kassi on “ShoBox: The New Generation.”
“The interesting thing about him being at that weight is that if you watch the fight carefully, he really didn’t look heavy,” said Miller’s manager, Steve Nelson. “He carries the weight very well. He also knew who he was up against.”
But what Miller weights will depend on whom he faces, Nelson said.
“I think depending on who he fights, he’ll come in lower than that,” Nelson said. “He absolutely trained hard for that fight. He’ll make adjustments based on who he’s fighting. I can guarantee if he fights [heavyweight titleholder] Joseph Parker, he’s not coming in at that weight, because he knows Parker has the ability to box and go rounds. Jarrell will be at a lower weight to compensate for that.”
Pick up a copy of David’s book, “Fighting Words: The Heart and Heartbreak of Boxing,” at http://bit.ly/fightingwordsamazon or internationally at http://bit.ly/fightingwordsworldwide. Send questions/comments via email at [email protected]