On the 18th of June, I reported the news that ‘Big Baby’ Jarrell Miller will face Kubrat Pulev in an IBF title eliminator.
Miller is a rising talent in the heavyweight division who has consistently been named as a future opponent for Anthony Joshua. Kubrat Pulev was scheduled to face the heavyweight champion last year but was forced to withdraw, thus being replaced by Carlos Takam.
Kubrat Pulev, who has previously faced Wladimir Kiltschko, will be the biggest name Miller has faced to date. Therefore, he stands to gain a lot more than a guaranteed shot at Anthony Joshua.
However, it seems the potential career boost that a win over Pulev would give him is not enough incentive for a trip to Bulgaria.
Miller has said that he will not travel to Pulev’s turf for the IBF title eliminator. If the bout is to happen, Miller wants it to go down in America.
On the surface, it would seem that Miller is cutting off his nose to spite his face by turning down a title eliminator. It is worth noting though that Joshua has already talked about Miller being a future opponent. Perhaps Miller is confident in his contendership claim without being the IBF mandatory.
Source: Boxing News 24
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