UNBEATEN heavyweight contender Jarrell Miller is angling for a shot at division leader Tyson Fury as he prepares to face Fred Kassi later tonight (August 19).
The heavy-hitting Brooklynite will fight Kassi at Rhinos Stadium in Rochester, New York in a bid to improve on his already lofty world ranking with several governing bodies.
He already has his sights set firmly on the heavyweight world champions, though wants Fury first as he believes the WBO and WBA champion is currently the best of the bunch.
“Anthony Joshua is a punk. Deontay Wilder, don’t get me started,” he said.
“Now, Tyson Fury can actually punch. I’ll give him that. From all of them, Fury in my opinion is the better one. That’s why I want to fight him.
“I believe you should go for the hardest ones first. You take the biggest guy out first and then, you go for the easy ones. That’s how it’s supposed to be and that’s what I’d like to do. Take the hard ones out first. Fury, you are next.”
Weighing in yesterday for his contest with Kassi, Miller tipped the scales at a whopping 296lbs – a career high – while Fred was 237lbs.
Despite his size, Miller has relatively fast hands and a decent engine. He has warned future opponents against underestimating his endurance.
“Mike Tyson was a freak of nature. Vitali Klitschko was a freak of nature. I’m also a freak of nature. I’m 6’ 4” and pushing 280. I’m a big guy, but I’m athletic. I can move. I can punch, and I was a kickboxer. I’m not your average heavyweight. I’m not trying to change the blueprint of how heavyweights should be. I’m just being myself and doing my job,” he continued.
“They are like, ‘we’ve seen his body, we’ve seen his size. We’ll outwork him,’ but they are wrong. Never can judge a book by its cover. I’ll outwork him in the ring. I’m fast, I’m good and I can punch. He’s not going to see me coming.
“Don’t let my weight fool you. I’ve been doing cardio. I’m in really good shape and I’m ready to go the distance.”
Miller is aware that Kassi is a significant underdog against him, but is also privy to the fact he needs to look good against the Cameroonian in order to move himself closer to title shots.
“Every fight, I have to know how to adjust. I feel like Fred has never been in with a guy like me,” he said.
“He’s been with [Chris] Arreola, who doesn’t move as much, and he also fought [Dominic] Breazeale, who doesn’t have good footwork. I’m telling you, he’s never fought a big athletic body like me. He’s in for a surprise.
“I know my jab is going to be on his face. For me, it’s not just about winning, it’s about performance. Every fight in my career from now on it’s about more than winning. Now I have to prove myself. I have to prove I’m worthy of a title shot.”