Jarrell Miller remains undefeated in the heavyweight ranks, but according to one bitter rival he has taken a beating in the gym.
Miller is 26-0 with 22 knockouts, and is perhaps best known in the sport for his failed doping test ahead of a bout with Anthony Joshua. Miller had another run-in with the anti-drug authorities a year later and was subsequently banned for two years.
The Brooklyn heavyweight is now back on the scene and has built up three wins in two years. Now ranked relatively highly with some of the sanctioning bodies, he’s looking to rearrange that breakout fight.
One man fans would like to see him in with is Deontay Wilder, the former WBC Heavyweight Champion known for his incredible power and impressive knockout record.
There’s bad blood between the pair. Speaking on Blue Blood Sports TV, Wilder explained why and how it was settled.
“That dude was taunting me for everything I did bro. I was like, ‘I’m trying to make a name for myself,’ and he was already hating.”
“Then one day Jay Deas booked him to come and spar with me for a fight and I didn’t even know it. I saw that motherf***er and man, my whole demeanour changed.”
“I didn’t listen to s*** Jay was talking about, I was like, ‘Just put me in the ring, ain’t no need to give me no instructions, I don’t want no water, just ring that bell.’ I couldn’t wait, I was talking the whole motherf***ing spar and beating his ass.”
According to Wilder, Miller was concussed during the session, which he calls ‘a real fight.’ He claims his team then sent him to hospital.
“Sparring is just sparring, but that particular spar – that was a real fight because of the animosity we had against each other.”
“I concussed him, he went to the hospital. And then he’s gonna blame it on, ‘Oh, I was running in the heat,’ and all that s***. He said his cousin came and got him and took him to the hospital. His cousin didn’t come and get him, we took him to the hospital, the motherf***er forgot all that shit.”
The two heavyweights may just feature on the same card before the year is out, with Wilder reportedly finalising a deal with Joseph Parker whilst Miller is apparently in talks with Daniel Dubois.