In the co-feature to the Daniel Jacobs vs. Luis Arias bout at New York’s Nassau Coliseum, Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller (20-0-1, 18 KOs) defeated Mariusz Wach (33-3, 17 KOs) by ninth round TKO when referee David Fields, on the recommendation of the physician at ringside, stopped the bout.
The official time of the stoppage was 1:02 of the ninth round.
The 29-year-old Miller from Brooklyn took one step closer to a potential title bout with a one-sided battering of the former world title challenger from Poland who hurt his right hand mid way through the bout and tried to grit through it, despite not having full use of the hand.
Miller, coming in 16 pounds lighter than his previous two outings when he tipped the scales at just shy of 300 pounds, had no trouble throwing a ton punches as he usually does but failed to emulate the type of performance recently put on by Heavyweight champions Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua.
Miller has been highly critical of both and vowed to show he belongs in the upper echelon of world class Heavyweights.
What Miller was able to prove was that he can make a fighter such as the 6’7 ½’’ Wach, who went the distance with Wladimir Klitschko in 2012, look very old as Miller more than tripled Wach’s punch output. Wach told his corner he could not move his right hand between the six and seventh rounds but the corner allowed the large Polish fighter to go on one handed.
Wach did his best to hang in there with Miller but the doctor decided to not allow Wach to get hit with clean shots.
In the opening round Miller did a good job of establishing his jab but wasn’t able to follow up with anything else. Wach responded with jabs of his own and landed them.
In the second round Miller tried to go the body but with a lack of defense Wach started landing his left hand to tag Miller. Both fighters moved in and started to fight in close quarters where they would be for the majority of the bout.
Miller continued to outland Wach in the third round and fourth rounds using the jab to establish position to land something bigger which never really came until the fifth round where Wach was stunned momentarily and Miller found some distance between himself and the Polish Mountain. Miller landed a huge uppercut that sent Wach back to the ropes but Miller was unable to follow up with anything else meaningful enough to do more damage.
Wach seemed hurt again the sixth round and primarily turned into a defensive fighter as Miller plodded along trying to get Wach out of there but to no avail. After Wach complained to his corner that he could not use his hand he managed to continue the bout but was at a huge disadvantage against the volume puncher that Miller is.
Although it wasn’t the sensational performance Miller and his team would have hoped to have it was dominating enough to propel him into an eliminator bout for a world title in 2018.
Eddie Hearn, whose company Matchroom Boxing promoted the bout with Miller’s promoter Dmitriy Salita, intimated this week that both he and Anthony Joshua will take a long look at Miller for a possible bout in 2018 as Joshua looks to fight in the United States.