Jarrell Miller destroys Nick Guivas
By Jim Dower: Undefeated hard hitting WBO #11, WBA #12, IBF #15 heavyweight contender Jarrell Miller (17-0-1, 15 KOs) kept his unbeaten record intact on Friday night in destroying an over-matched Nick Guivas (12-4-2, 9 KOs) in a 2nd round knockout at the Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino in Niagara Falls, New York.
The 283-pound Miller used heavy shots to the body of Guivas to knock him down four times in the fight. Two of the knockdowns came in the 1st round, and the last two in the 2nd round. The fight was halted after the second knockdown in round two.
Referee Dick Pakozdi stopped the fight officially at 1:26 of the 2nd round. In winning the bout, the 6’4” Miller captured the vacant WBO NABO heavyweight title.
In the 1st round, Miller dropped Guivas with a hard left to the body. Moments later, Miller knocked Guivas down with a grazing right hand to the head.
Miller knocked Guivas down twice body shots in the 2nd round. Guivas couldn’t stand up to the body attack from Miller.
If there was one area where Miller looked vulnerable it was on defense. Guivas hit Miller with some hard left hooks to the head in round one. Miller took the shots without any problems, but you could tell that the shots got his attention. Had it been a harder puncher than Guivas in there with Miller last night, it might have been a different story.
After the fight, Miller called out Wladimir Klitschko, Tyson Fury, Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder. Miller wants to fight all four of those guys. Miller is going to need to tighten up his defense first before he gets in the ring with those guys. Miller also needs to lose a little more weight. His best fighting weight is in the low 260s. Last night, Miller was 283. He fought well at that weight, but he was slow on his feed and plodding around the ring. If Miller wants to compete against the top heavyweights, he’ll need to make an effort to drop another 20 pounds without losing his power in the process.
“Nothing is ever easy,” said Miller after dispatching Guivas. “He caught me with a couple of shots, but I like that kind of stuff. Wladimir Klitschko – Tyson Fury, ain’t nobody wants to see a 12 round hump-fest again, but listen, I’d gladly take the winner of that fight. If you don’t call my name, let’s go to Povetkin and Wilder. I can see it right now, New York vs. Alabama, North vs. South. He’s a bum and I’m going to knock your lights out. I’m not forgetting about Anthony Joshua either. He’s talking a lot of smack about [Dominic] Breazeale over there. Breazeale ain’t got no heart, but I bet you won’t talk to me like that. I’d make you swallow your teeth. Call my name. Anlot of these guys ain’t fighting top prospects or top opponents. You’ve got Deontay Wilder; he’s fighting a washed up Chris Arreola. So these guys are just going for payday. You don’t want to fight no top prospects. I dare you to call my name. At the end of the day, it’s soon going to be my time, and they’re going to have to fight me, and I’ll break their jaw,” said Miller.
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Harmonito Dela Torre MD 8 Guillermo Sanchez
Malik Hawkins TKO 5 Lee Hall
Nick Casal UD 6 Antonio Fernandez