Anthony Joshua v Jarrell Miller: What does Big Baby bring to the table?
Who is Jarrell Miller and what are the chances of him upsetting Anthony Joshua? Betfair's boxer writer Frankie Monkhouse takes a closer look...
"Betfair traders seem to have no problem opposing Jarrell Miller when taking on Anthony Joshua in front of his own fans and Sportsbook users will find the American priced at 11/2"
AJ goes Stateside
Anthony Joshua makes his American debut when travelling to Madison Square Garden, New York to defend his titles against hard-hitting local Jarrell Miller on Sunday 2 June. Confirmation of this bout put an end to months of speculation linking AJ with rivals Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder.
It was an announcement that caught many followers of the world heavyweight champion off-guard, both in terms of opponent and venue as it was thought Joshua would return to Wembley with the stadium already booked and a date pencilled in.
The chance to enhance his profile in America looks to have been the deciding factor here and that can only be a good thing for those hoping to see Joshua face-off against WBC champ Wilder before the end of the year.
Miller unbeaten in 24
Jarrell Miller goes into the biggest night of his career with a professional record reading 23 wins, no defeats and one draw. The spare on his card came back in January 2013 when fighting out a surprise four-round share with Joey Dawejko in Uncasville, but that result is easy enough to forgive as it came in only his fifth professional contest.
The 6ft 4in orthodox boxer had no trouble getting back on track and made a return to winning ways when halting Tobias Rice in two rounds. From then there has been no looking back and Big Baby has gone on a winning run that has seen him claim titles, including the WBO NABO heavyweight crown and interim NABA strap. He bagged the latter last time out courtesy of a fourth round TKO win over Bogdan Dinu, inflicting the Romanian's first defeat in 18.
Big Baby has power
The meeting with Joshua will represent a series leap up in class from anything Miller has faced in his career so far, but he has the power to ensure he'll hold the champion's respect in both the build-up and the contest itself. Big Baby brings an impressive 83% KO average, having knocked out 20 of his previous 24 opponents, including each of his last two.
Miller bashed respected Pole Tomasz Adamek into submission inside two rounds at the Wintrust Arena, Washington in his penultimate start and that's worth noting as Goral's record includes wins over Steve Cunningham, Andrew Golota, Chris Arreola, Michael Grant, Kevin McBride and Eddie Chambers. You'll also remember he went 10 rounds with Vitali Klitschko back in 2011. Miller caught Adamek at the right time, but it's a good name to have on his record, nonetheless.
Home win written off
Despite an unbeaten record and knockout power, Betfair traders seem to have no problem opposing Jarrell Miller when taking on Anthony Joshua in front of his own fans and Sportsbook users will find the American priced at 11/2 to rip the titles from around Joshua's waist.
That price is sure to attract the attention of value hunters who will fancy a go for interest stakes on the home cheer. Joshua is nailed on favourite, 1/8 available at the time of writing, and that quote tells exactly how traders expect this one to go.
This won't go the distance
Each of Miller's last two opponents have failed to see out four rounds and the challenger's best chance at victory over Joshua looks to be an inside-the-distance win. Jarrell by KO/TKO is a whopping 15/2, deemed more likely than the points cheer, which can be backed at a market best price 22/1 on the Betfair Sportsbook.
Joshua by KO/TKO is jolly in the method of victory market at 4/9, the decision next in line at 11/4. Joshua's 95% knockout average vs Miller's 83% suggests the 2/7 on this one not lasting the distance is a shrewd bet to have.