Jarrell ‘Big Baby’ Miller weighed in to face Fred Kassi at almost 300lbs and then warned he has British world champions in mind.
The burly Brooklyn heavyweight (17-0-1-KO15) tipped the scales at 296½lbs – almost 60lbs heavier than his Cameroonian opponent Kassi (18-5-1-KO10) – ahead of Saturday’s clash at the home of Rochester Rhinos, New York.
Miller has previously called out all three world champions, and took the opportunity to reiterate his desire for a big name as well as champion his growing physique.
In an interview reported on World Boxing News, the 28-year-old said: “Anthony Joshua is a punk. Deontay Wilder, don’t get me started. 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.”
On his weight gain, Miller added: “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.
“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 on a run of six straight knockouts and January’s seventh-round stoppage of David Dennis (12-3-KO10) is the first time he’s been taken beyond the sixth.