by David P. Greisman
Heavyweight prospect Jarrell Miller continues to be in discussions with Top Rank about a possible fight with heavyweight titleholder Joseph Parker — and is sweetening the pot by being willing to fight wherever, including in Parker’s home country.
That would potentially give Miller a leg up over another prospect vying for the title shot, Hughie Fury.
“Fury has made some statements about wanting to do the fight in England. We’ve said to Top Rank that we don’t care if it’s in New Zealand or America or Macau,” said Stephen Nelson, Miller’s manager, in a conversation with BoxingScene.com. “We don’t care where the fight is. We believe our fighter wins and we will go wherever it is.”
Top Rank recently signed on to promote Parker in the United States and China, while Duco Events remains Parker’s promoter in the Australia and New Zealand region. That deal preceded Parker winning a vacant title in a bout with another Top Rank heavyweight, Andy Ruiz.
Parker won a majority decision and the belt. The 24-year-old is now 22-0 with 18 KOs.
Nelson wasn’t overly impressed.
“I don’t think Parker competes with Jarrell in any way,” Nelson said. “This is a guy who supposedly has vaunted power. I didn’t see it. I give him credit. I think he was well-conditioned and well-trained, but I don’t think he does anything special. I thought it was a pretty good fight. I thought they were pretty equal, but I don’t think either one was something to write home about. I think Jarrell would’ve knocked out either guy.”
Miller, 28, is 18-0-1 with 16 KOs and also competed as a pro kickboxer. 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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