Jarrell Miller wants to break Deontay Wilder and ‘his toothpick legs’ in half

Jarrell Miller

Jarrell Miller/Photo courtesy of Salita Promotions

 

They say confidence breeds success. From the tone of his comments during a workout Tuesday from New York City, heavyweight contender Jarrell Miller is very confident. Whether that turns into success at the highest level remains to be seen.

Miller (17-0-1, 15 KOs) – ranked as high as No. 8 by one organization – on Aug. 19 will take on journeyman Fred Kassi  (18-5-1, 10 KOs)  of New Orleans in the 10-round main event from Rhinos Stadium in Rochester, N.Y. (on Showtime). But Miller has bigger fish to fry, and he’s hopeful Deontay Wilder is in that mix down the road.

Wilder holds one of the championship belts, and he’s coming off a thorough thrashing of Chris Arreola, who did not answer the bell for the ninth round of their fight this past Saturday at Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Ala.

Miller used Tuesday’s workout to call out Wilder, who is now 37-0 with 36 knockouts.

“Wilder is a wild man when he gets in that ring, but at the same time if you watch how he performs, he performs at a mediocre level against mediocre fighters,” MIller said. “If you stick him to a world professional athlete, like myself or top guys, you’ll see him bring even more. Not saying he hasn’t been in the ring with A-plus fighters yet, but you can see all his loopholes in his fighting style. It’s just a matter of time before he gets really exposed and I hope it is with me because I want that behind.”

MIller, who is 6-foot-4, suggested the 6-7 Wilder does not use his height to his advantage.

“Shorter fighters do what they do, taller fighters do what they do,” Miller said. “Deontay is tall, but he doesn’t do what his body is designed to do; he’s trying to do something that smaller guys do, so that is going to be his downfall. Like I said, it is just a matter of time and I am going to break him in half, him and his toothpick legs.”

Miller, 28, is from Brooklyn.

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Chris Arreola showed his backbone in one-sided loss to Deontay Wilder

Deontay Wilder, right, follows through on a punch to Chris Arreola during the WBC heavyweight title boxing bout Saturday, July 16, 2016, in Birmingham, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Chris Arreola, left, reacts after absorbing a right cross from heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder on Saturday/AP photo by Brynn Anderson

 

Chris Arreola isn’t the most talented heavyweight contender we’ve ever seen, but few have graced the ring with more courage.

Arreola on Saturday challenged Deontay Wilder for his heavyweight world title at Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Ala. Arreola was decked in the fourth round and rocked again  after getting to his feet. He somehow made it out of the round before eventually being stopped after eight rounds.

He explained how he did it.

“Let’s be honest, man,” Arreola said afterward. “It takes a real fighter to be in the ring with someone like him. He’s a big man. We’re in the heavyweight division, man, this is the hurt business. You have to know how to deal with adversity. I get punched, I’m going to get back up.”

Arreola (36-5-1, 31 KOs), of Riverside, failed for the third time to become the first fighter of Mexican descent to win a major world title at heavyweight. It’s doubtful he’ll get a fourth opportunity, as the 35-year-old was thoroughly dominated by Wilder.

Wilder (37-0, 36 KOs) broke his right hand and sustained a right biceps injury as well in the fight, otherwise he might have been able to get Arreola out of there sooner.

“It was early – the third or the fourth round,” Wilder said. “It was from an (awkward) punch. I hurt the hand first, and then the biceps.”

 

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Chris Arreola’s heart not nearly enough in eighth-round TKO loss to Wilder

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Deontay Wilder, left, throws a jab at Chris Arreola during their heavyweight title fight Saturday in Birmingham, Ala./AP photo by Brynn Anderson

 

Chris Arreola of Riverside on Saturday showed the courage he typically does in a fight, but it wasn’t nearly enough in his challenge to heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder.

Wilder decked Arreola in the fourth and otherwise battered Arreola for eight lopsided rounds, Arreola’s trainer Henry Ramirez asking referee Jack Reiss to stop the fight before the ninth at Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Ala.

Wilder (37-0, 36 KOs) gets credit for an eighth-round TKO and has now made four successful title defenses. Wilder apparently broke his right hand in that fourth round and also tore his right biceps.

Arreola (36-5-1) for the third time failed to become the first boxer of Mexican descent to win a major title in the heavyweight division. He was also stopped inside the distance by Vitali Klitschko in 2009 and by Bermane Stiverne in 2014.

Shortly after the bout had ended, Ramirez responded to a text message to say that Arreola was “in good spirits” and that he was getting “stiched up.” Arreola was cut and his left eye was nearly shut.

Wilder says he now wants the other champions.

“My goal is to unify the division, so whoever got those belts, that’s who I want,” he said. “Yes, I want the (Tyson) Furys. Yes, I want the Anthony Joshuas. The question is, do they want me?”

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Chris Arreola out-weighs Deontay Wilder by 20 pounds at Friday’s weigh-in

Chris Arreola

Chris Arreola/Photo courtesy of Premier Boxing Champions

 

Chris Arreola at 6-foot-3 is four inches shorter than Deontay Wilder. But Arreola on Friday weighed in 20 pounds heavier than Wilder for their heavyweight title fight Saturday from Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Ala. (on Fox).

Arreola tipped the scales at 246.2 pounds with the 6-7 Wilder coming in at 226.2.

Wilder, of Tuscaloosa, Ala., is 36-0 with 35 knockouts. He’ll be looking to make the fourth successful defend of his title. Arreola, of Riverside, is 36-4-1 with 31 knockouts. He will be trying for the third time to become the first fighter of Mexican descent to win a major heavyweight championship.

 

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Deontay Wilder likes what Chris Arreola will bring into the ring – backbone

Deontay Wilder

Deontay Wilder/Photo courtesy of Premier Boxing Champions

 

Chris Arreola knows he doesn’t really deserve the title shot he’s going to have Saturday when he challenges Deontay Wilder for his heavyweight world title at Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Ala. (on Fox). Arreola has admitted as much. Based on Arreola’s recent work – he’s 1-0-1 with a no-decision in his past three bouts – Wilder knows that, too.

What Wilder (36-0, 35 KOs) seems to care about more than anything, however, is what Arreola (36-4-1, 31 KOs) will bring to the fight – backbone.

“We need someone who will fight with their heart and take this opportunity and make the most of it,” Wilder said at Thursday’s final news conference. “Does he deserve the title shot? No, he doesn’t. He knows it. But is Chris Arreola the perfect guy for this fight? Of course, he is.”
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Chris Arreola not concerned about Deontay Wilder’s hometown advantage

Chris Arreola

Chris Arreola/Photo courtesy of Premier Boxing Champions

 

When Chris Arreola challenges Deontay Wilder for his heavyweight world title Saturday from Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Ala., he’ll be doing so in front of Wilder’s fans as Wilder is from Tuscaloosa, Ala.

That would seem to make Arreola even more of an underdog than he already is, but he claims he’s not worried about that part of his task.

“I expect him to have a lot of fans and he’s very deserving of that,” Arreola said of Wilder. “He’s made things happen in this state and this state is lucky to have a fighter like him. But no one can get in there with him. The fans can’t fight for him. I love the fans, but they’re just there to watch. It’s just me and Wilder in there Saturday.”

Arreola (36-4-1, 31 KOs), of Riverside, will be trying for the third time to become the first fighter of Mexican descent to win a major heavyweight title. He was stopped inside the distance by Vitali Klitschko in 2009 and by Bermane Stiverne in 2014.

Wilder is 36-0 with 35 knockouts and will be looking to make his fourth successful defense.

Arreola-Wilder will be televised live on Fox.

 

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Deontay Wilder believes Chris Arreola is tailor-made for his KO power

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Deontay Wilder/Photo courtesy of Premier Boxing Champions

 

Deontay Wilder is 36-0 with 35 knockouts. To say he has been a knockout artist, would be an understatement. In Wilder’s mind, Chris Arreola  (36-4-1, 31 KOs) is tailor-made for him in this regard.

“When it comes to Deontay Wilder, people look for the knockouts and I deliver,” said Wilder, who will defend his heavyweight world title against Arreola on Saturday from Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Ala. (on Fox). “What separates me from other heavyweights is the fashion in which I knock guys out. I don’t just knock you out, I really put you out.
“Arreola definitely has a style prone to a knockout. He’s a pressure fighter who will come forward all night. That plays to my style. I love pressure fighters who give me a challenge. They keep me moving and thinking. I love the sweet science and the art to it.”
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Chris Arreola knows what he must do Saturday to hang with Deontay Wilder

Chris Arreola

Chris Arreola/Photo courtesy of Premier Boxing Champions

 

Chris Arreola had one chance to beat Vitali Klitschko when the two tangled for Klitschko’s heavyweight world title in September 2009 at Staples Center – get inside on the 6-foot-7 Klitschko. Arreola couldn’t, and he was stopped after 10 rounds.

Arreola this Saturday is challenging another champion standing 6-7 – Deontay Wilder. They will square off at Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Ala. (on Fox).

Arreola (36-4-1, 31 KOs), who stands 6-3, was asked during a recent conference call if he learned anything fighting Klitschko that could help him against Wilder.

“The main thing is I got to move my head, man,” said Arreola, of Riverside. “Vitali Klitschko clobbered me with jabs left and right. I believe he threw the most punches he had thrown in his career against me, and that’s because I just kept coming with the pressure.

“And the thing about it, I’ve just got to be a lot smarter and I’ve got to be more athletic about it because Deontay is a more athletic fighter than Klitschko is, a lot more athletic. And he moves a whole lot better around the ring.”

Arreola said he must keep Wilder (36-0, 35 KOs) on his heels.

“And that’s going to be a big task in itself,” Arreola said. “And just come hard behind the jab and not get caught with that dangerous right hand he has.”

Arreola will be trying for the third time to become the first fighter of Mexican descent to win a heavyweight world title. He was stopped in the sixth round by Bermane Stiverne in his second try in May 2014.
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Chris Arreola knows he does not deserve title shot against Wilder, so he wants to take advantage of it

Chris Arreola

Chris Arreola/Photo courtesy of Premier Boxing Champions

 

Heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (36-0, 35 KOs) will defend his title against Chris Arreola of Riverside on July 16 at Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Ala. (on Fox). The
defense is interesting because Arreola is 1-1-1 with a no-contest in his past four fights.

The no-contest came after Arreola defeated Travis Kauffman this past December in San Antonio, only to have the victory taken away when he tested positive for marijuana.
Arreola this week was taken to task on the pot test as well as the notion he does not deserve this shot.

“Let’s just get this straight, man. It’s a failed marijuana test,” Arreola said during a conference call. “If you want to say that marijuana’s a PED, then people are
(expletive) idiots. This is my opinion, OK? So, they want to take my win away over that, whatever, fine, take my win. I don’t care.

“Do I deserve this title shot? No, I don’t think I do.”

To Arreola (36-4-1, 31 KOs), that means he should do all he can to take advantage of it.

“Everything I didn’t do in the past, I’m doing,” he said. “Everything that I wasn’t supposed to do, I’m not doing it. So I’m doing everything I possibly can to win this fight. Everything. I’ve gotta leave everything in the ring.”

Arreola has failed in two previous title shots, being stopped inside the distance by Vitali Klitschko and Bermane Stiverne.

 

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Sammy Vasquez Jr. knows road to title in welterweight division a rough one

Sammy Vasquez Jr.

Sammy Vasquez Jr./Photo courtesy of Premier Boxing Champions

 

Sammy Vasquez Jr. is ranked as high as No. 8 in the world by one governing body. But it’s in the welterweight division, which is loaded with talent. The champions are Keith “One Time” Thurman, Danny Garcia, Kell Brook and Jesse Vargas and two of the contenders are Errol Spence Jr. and Shawn Porter.

Vasquez therefore knows it won’t be easy getting to the promised land that is a world championship.

“The division is loaded with great fighters,” said Vasquez, of Monessen, Pa. “With the exception of Jesse Vargas, all the champions are undefeated. The road to get to the top is very tough because everyone in the top 10 is an exceptional fighter.  I think it’s the toughest division in boxing.”

Vasquez is 21-0 with 15 knockouts. He’ll take on Felix Diaz (17-1, 8 KOs) of the Dominican Republic on July 16 at Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Ala. They will tangle underneath the heavyweight title fight between Deontay Wilder and Chris Arreola (on Fox).

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