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Salita And “Big Baby” Miller Spar Over Promotional Contract
It looks as if American heavyweight Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller (18-0-1, 16 Knockouts) will get a tougher fight outside of the ring then he last encountered in his most recent bout against Fred Kassi last month in upstate New York where the 28-year old brash heavyweight stopped the grizzled veteran in three rounds when Kassi claimed he could not continue due to a hand injury.
After the bout, which was telecast live on Showtime’s ShoBox series, Miller took to the mic and and once again laced into the current occupiers of all of the heavyweight belts that he covets including the likes of Anthony Joshua, Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury.
Taking to social media earlier this week, Miller published a letter written by his attorney Leon Margules, stating he is freeing himself from the promotional contract he has with Dmitiry Salita due to what Miller cites are breaches to his contract made by Salita.
Although Miller didn’t get into specifics of the breaches, Miller claimed to be a free agent alluding to financial qualms and not seeing the progress of his career that he feels he deserves. According to the statement, Miller claims Margules sent a letter to Salita to state the promotional contract is terminated.
“Although I do not wish to detail all the specific breaches perpetrated upon me under the promotional agreement,” said Miller in a statement written by Margules. “It is important to state not only was I not paid my base minimum, but I was grossly underpaid based upon the difficulty and significance of some of the bouts. I can clearly state my promoter failed to act in good faith and failed to make best efforts to promote my career.”
Salita quickly responded refuting the notion that Miller is free to sign with another promoter.
“My contract with Jarrell is very much valid,” said Salita. “I intend to vigorously pursue all of my legal rights and remedies against Mr. Miller and those responsible for inducing him to breach the promotional agreement. I am confident in my legal position and look forward to prevailing in court.”
Salita’s relationship with Miller dates back to when Salita, himself a world title contender, was in training camp up in the Poconos Mountains and a 16-year old Miller used to join the camp to watch.
“Dmitriy definitely saw something in Jarrell that no one else saw back then,” said long time New York trainer Nirmal Lorick. “Back then I don’t remember any other promoters coming around to sign Jarrell.”
Lorick called Miller’s first televised bout for MSG Network, which was promoted by Salita. Salita has kept the nearly 300 pound Miller extremely busy ever since. Miller fought five times in 2015 and has already had three bouts in 2016.
Then a week later at an event in Reading, Pennsylvania AB Promotions’ Ravone Littlejohn, speaking to members of the media, said he hoped to sign Miller and indicated to boxing website Tha Boxing Voice that he can do a better job negotiating for Miller.
Salita’s attorneys have sent cease and desist letters not only to AB Promotions, but also to Warriors Boxing of which Miller’s attorney is also listed as the president.
An email to Margules and a text message to Miller have not been responded to as of yet.