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Big Baby Drives Wach to Defeat

Jarell Miller: Rising Heavyweight Contender
Jarell Miller: Rising Heavyweight Contender

By Derek Bonnett


Brooklyn, New York’s rising heavyweight contender Jarrell Miller continued his development at Nassau Colisseum in Uniondale in a scheduled twelve round affair against former world heavyweight title challenger Mariusz Wach of Poland. Wach earned kudos for his "Adamantium" chin against Wladimir Klitschko back in 2012 and it again held up under the unyielding pressure placed upon him by Miller last night.


Miller, 29, worked well behind the jab and dabbled often with steady work to the midsection of the plodding Pole. Reminiscent of Tony Tubbs, the stocky heavyweight contender possesses good hand and foot speed for a man of his size. His activity was greater than Wach’s from the get go, but the Polish contender landed some nice jabs and right hands that may have troubled a less confident contender. The first frame was close, but favored Miller as did the second due the American’s body attack. Wach pressed for an inside fight early on and ate a few uppercuts for his efforts. The third saw Wach landing a nice overhand right that, again, could have spelled trouble for a lesser neophyte in the sport, but Miller took the shot well and pressed on confidently. Miller negotiated the height differential well with his jab and used some outside of the rules tactics to work his uppercut without being admonished by the referee David Fields.


Wach struggled to keep Miller’s pace and by round four his mouth was hanging open widely. Miller, typically a big puncher, took a little off his shots from time to time and focused on punch placement, wisely understanding that Wach was not the type of fighter to go home early. Wach took mostly backward steps in round five and the steam had been released entirely from his punches. Miller continued to move forward, adding a little bit of Dwight Muhammad Qawi to his description by buzzing Wach on the inside with a good basement attack. Miller’s busy hands piled up the points while Wach, seemingly exhausted and rumored to be injured, possibly sought an exit strategy. Miller upped his attack on the inside and attempted the uppercut more. Even still, Wach landed a beautiful one-two on the American. However, Miller ate it like a submarine sandwich.


Wach’s countenance told the entire story by round seven. He had little gas left in the tank and his frustration at being overwhelmed halted the hopes for any potential comeback in the latter half of the contest. Miller began to taunt the Polish contender, who owns wins over Erkan Teper and Travis Walker, with a little inside the ring banter. Miller stood with his hands down and shouted, "C’mon" to his adversary, but failed to raise any vigor in his opponent. The doctors examined Wach closely at the end of the round. Round eight saw no improvement from Wach’s end and Miller even stepped the pace down a bit, still battering him outright in the eighth. Round nine, said to be the last from the Wach corner, started and even though no significant damage was delivered, Wach’s inability to protect himself prompted the ringside medical staff to urge Fields to wave the bout off.


Officially, Miller won by TKO at the 1:02 mark. Big Baby raised his ledger to 20-0-1 (18). Wach, 37, lamented the performance without uttering a word and must seriously consider other options to preserve a rich and healthy life. Wach’s resume dipped to a still formidable 33-3-0 (17).

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