If you’ve never heard of Bogdan Dinu, you can be forgiven. He’s 18-0 with 14 KOs, but he’s never faced a remotely impressive fighter. On Saturday, though, he’ll meet Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller in the main event of a card on the DAZN streaming service, and then we’ll find out if Dinu is a legitimate heavyweight contender. In his last fight, Dinu knocked out a boxer with an 18-15 record. The fight before that, the opponent was 4-1. The fight before that, Miller, meanwhile, is 22-0-1 with 18 KOs, and the last time he stepped into the ring, he blasted out former titlist Tomasz Adamek in style, knocking him out in the second round. Now, he’ll face Dinu in the main event at the Kansas Star Arena as Miller waits for “The big fights take some maneuvering and finessing, so building my profile, winning the regular title and getting into a mandatory spot is going to help me in that situation,” Miler said. “I think I will definitely be in a spot to have an [Anthony Joshua] or Deontay Wilder fight later in the year, so I need to get this win in Kansas and stay busy, focused, injury free and ready. “Bogdan is aggressive but that’s against guys that want to survive. He’s never fought someone like me, who is going to be the aggressor in the fight. He’s light and he’s not a heavy puncher, and I’m going to be coming forward, throwing bombs and mixing it up, it’s going to be completely new to him. He’s going to try to move against me, everybody does, but then they all end up running for their lives —and they can only run for so long.
Jarrell Miller faces off against Bogdan Dinu in a 12-round match on Saturday, Nov. 17 in Mulvane, Kansas. Miller (22-0-1), a 6'4" Brooklyn native known as Big Baby, enters Saturday's match undefeated with 19 KOs. He defeated Tomasz Adamek with a knockout in two rounds in October. Only one of Miller's last 10 opponents have made it to the final bell. Miller, 30, attributes his success as a heavyweight boxer to his previous career as a kickboxer. He began kickboxing at age 14 and went 21-2 with nine KOs during his professional career. Miller is looking for a shot at a world title. Dinu (18-0-0), a 6'5" Romanian, has yet to fight in 2018. His last bout came in December 2017, when he defeated Marcelo Nascimento by total knockout. Dinu has spent most of his career fighting in Romania and has not faced the same level of competition as Miller. Miller had a chance to Fres Oquendo this Saturday for a secondary title, which was expected to be stripped from Manuel Charr because he failed a drug test. Oquendo vs. Miller never came to fruition. When offered the bout, Dinu pulled out of an Oct. 27 match to face Miller this weekend instead. Earlier this week, Charr was suspended for six months by the sanctioning body. However, it had not been decided Friday afternoon whether or not the secondary belt would be up for grabs Saturday. Other matches on Saturday's card include the co-main event of middleweight world title holder Claressa Shields (6-0) defending her belt and fighting for a vacant title vs. Hannah Rankin (5-2). On the undercard, Brandon Rios (34-4-1) goes up against Ramon Alvarez (27-6-3) in a 12-round junior middleweight bout. Nico Hernandez (5-0) will meet Josue Morales (8-7-3) in an eight-rounder. The final undercard event pits Gabe Rosado (24-11) vs. Luis Arias (18-1). Here's how to watch the match:
Time: The main card starts at 9 p.m. ET. Preliminaries start at 6 p.m. ET.
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