Jarrell Miller vs Johann Duhaupas: Odds and observation
Tonight, heavyweight contender Jarrell "Big Baby" Miller (20-0-1, 18 KO) and Johann Duhaupas (37-4, 24 KO) will meet in a WBA heavyweight eliminator.
The winner of Miller vs Duhaupas will catapult himself up to the division's "best of the rest."
His stock won't be as high as Wilder, Joshua or Povetkin's, but he'll likely be in the same conversation with Kubrat Pulev, Luis Ortiz and Dillian Whyte.
Miller vs Duhaupas odds
Boyle Sports lists Miller as 1/9 favorite. Duhaupas is the 5/1 underdog and the odds of a draw are 25/1.
The 29-year-old Miller will be the A-side and he's making headlines and has been bantered as a possible opponent for unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua.
Last year, Miller dispatched Mariusz Wach and Gerald Washington inside the distance but doesn't have any other wins against notable competition. But let's not forget, the Washington stoppage was impressive as Gerald entered that bout with an 18-1 record with his sole loss coming from current WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder.
Miller moves well for a 280-300 pounder and has good pop in his punch. Moreover, although he's agressive, Jarrell seems to pick his shots well and is adept at throwing a wide variety of punches from angles.
"Miller looks like a lot of fun during fight week, but he's not up at the elite level in the heavyweight division," Carl Froch told Sky Sports following Miller's recent win over Wach.
BoxRec Heavyweight Rank:
No.2 U.S. / No. 8 World
Promoter: Greg Cohen
height 6′ 4″ / 193cm
reach 78″ / 198cm
"It is a small pond, with a couple of very big fish at the moment, so it is hard to see how he gets up there - although talking a good game always helps."
"Put him in with Dillian Whyte, that would be good. The winner would prove he is the next in line to try and get a shot at the world titles."
The 37-year-old Duhaupas is not to be taken lightly and could give Miller a tough night.
Awkward, tough and unpredictable, in 2015 he hung in there with Wilder until the 11th Round, after eating a lot of big shots. And even then, it was a mercy stoppage. Johann was on his feet and appeared lucid, but he was taking too many shots and offering little in return.
BoxRec Heavyweight Rank:
No.1 France / No. 14 World
Promoter: Mehdi Ameur
height: 6′ 5″ / 195cm
reach 82½″ / 210cm
And as for his KO loss to Alexander Povetkin, Duhaupas, who was permanently flattened for the only time in his career to date, took the fight on less than a day's notice. Povetkin tested positive for PEDs and the WBC refused to sanction his originally-scheduled bout with Bermane Stiverne
Duhaupas boasts wins over Robert Helenius and Manuel Charr.
Miller vs Duhaupas
Saturday, Apr 28
Barclays Center, Brooklyn
WBA Title Eliminator
Duhaupas is one of those good, tough fighters who can beat a higher-ranked, more skilled opponent that he matches up well with, such as Charr.
But, Miller's amateur pedigree, aggression size and overall offensive prowess and activity rate might be too much for the Frenchman.
Johann is not going outbox Miller and it's hard to see him out brawling Jarrell. Moreover, Duhaupas isn't exceptionally fast or explosive nor does he possess mind-numbing power. And perhaps most importantly, Duhaupas is there to hit. He doesn't offer a lot of movement.
Duhaupas has an iron chin so perhaps the biggest question is: Can Miller, like Wilder and Povetkin, stop Duhaupas within the distance?
Miller vs Duhaupus key quote
“He’s a durable guy (Duhaupus). You’ve gotta understand, Deontay Wilder is wild. He doesn’t have boxing fundamentals. He doesn’t know how to throw a stiff jab, a jab to the body, body shots, go up the middle, how to just beat up a guy. So he kind of jumped on Duhaupas a little bit, hurt him in the beginning. But then he kind of took his foot off the gas and Duhaupas got his confidence and came back a little bit.
But I’m a totally different fighter. I can box, I can move and I’ve got good footwork, good handwork, speed, the whole nine. So my main thing is taking him apart, beat him up and get him out of there.”