We analyse the credentials and statistics of both Daniel Dubois and Jarrell Miller as the pair look to propel themselves back into the world title picture with victory in their hotly-anticipated Riyadh showdown in December.
The 2023 boxing calendar is arguably saving its best event for last when Riyadh continues its love affair with the sport on December 23.
An eight-fight card, six of them in the heavyweight division, features a pool of talent where many are used to headlining shows on their own.
Daniel Dubois v Jarrell Miller is one heavyweight bout that could easily fill out the Wembley Arena or Copper Box in London. But when Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder are fighting in separate matchups on the same bill you will find yourself in the supporting cast.
Dreams of heavyweight glory still circle the minds of Dubois and Miller with both believing they are good enough to become a world champion in the future.
There is, however, an elephant in the room that cannot be ignored but more on that later.
For now though, let’s look at the Tale of the Tape...
|James Ali Bashir
|19-2 (18 KOs)
|26-0-1 (22 KOs)
|Lost - (KO) v Oleksandr Usyk (Aug 2023)
|Won - (TKO) v Lucas Browne (Mar 2023)
For a split second it looked like Daniel Dubois was about to become the unified heavyweight champion of the world.
Four months ago, in Poland the Brit challenged Ukrainian maestro Oleksandr Usyk for his three heavyweight titles. There were two pertinent questions going into the fight...
One: What could Dubois do against the superior skillset of Usyk?
Two: How would Usyk react if Dubois landed one of his haymakers?
The answer to the first was very little. The answer to the second lies in your assessment of the punch which dropped Usyk in round five. Was it above the belt or below?
Usyk writhed in agony on the canvas and displayed the look of a man who had been hurt where it hurts most.
Referee Luis Pabon concurred that it was a low blow giving the champion the maximum amount of time to recover. The fight carried on and Usyk’s speedy combinations, accuracy and movement downed Dubois and the dream was over four rounds later.
This was the second defeat in the career of Dubois and the second time his heart had been brought into question.
To many, Dubois could have got up in the ninth and fought on. It would likely have delayed the inevitable, but a fighter’s code is to carry on until the very end or until someone saves you from unnecessary punishment.
Miller brought up the subject at the ‘Day of Reckoning’ launch press conference for the December 23 card.
His jibes bounced off Dubois who is not one that is comfortable in a trash talking environment. Nonetheless, if the ‘Dynamite’ power can’t keep Miller at bay when they fight then the American will look to suffocate Dubois’ chances of getting his career back on track.
|No Plan B
Jarrell Miller, a professional boxer since July 2009, was once upon a time a legitimate heavyweight contender that was lined up as the opponent for Anthony Joshua’s American debut.
His sharp tongue and no-nonsense attitude brought some character and a spark into the heavyweight division. Joshua detested him and still does.
All of that would be forgotten when his fight against Joshua was cancelled at the eleventh hour when Miller failed two drug tests.
Then in 2020 he would fail a third test. Exiled from the sport Miller didn't fight again until June 2022, returning a points win against tough Argentinian Ariel Bracamonte.
Many believe he doesn’t deserve to box because of the number of occasions he has broken the rules. And it’s difficult to disagree with them.
Drugs in boxing has been an ongoing problem for many, many years and those that seek to gain an advantage in a sport where there is a risk of death should be severely punished.
Miller could have been a thorn in the side of the top players in the heavyweight division, but he chose another path instead.
In boxing, however, you play the hand you are dealt, and Miller has another chance to land another big money fight by beating Daniel Dubois. But whatever he goes on to achieve he will always be remembered by his past misdemeanours.
|Vulnerable on the inside
|Carries excess weight
|Doesn't move great
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