Mladen Miljas: Canada's 'Monster' fights Saturday
It's a big week for heavyweight boxing.
Superstar and self-proclaimed lineal champion Tyson Fury faces Otto Wallin, rising lions Michael Hunter and Sergey Kuzmin face each other in a landscape-altering bout and former belt holder Siarhei Liakhovich returns.
And let's not forget about hot prospect Guido Vianello and rugged veteran Carlos Takam who'll face other opponents.
But let's turn our attention to a lesser-known, quality fighter who is looking to make waves in the heavyweight division.
Miljas vs Reed
Dulles, VA, USA
In his fourth fight this year, Canadian Heavyweight Champion Mladen Miljas (12-0, 12 KO) will face Damion Reed (3-20-1).
As the Canadian champ, he is in a position once occupied by greats like Donovan “Razor” Ruddock, Trevor Berbick and George Chuvalo.
Standing 6'6", the 26 year old Miljas is ranked by BoxRec as the No 2 Canadian heavyweight and No 52 of 1,213 active fighters in the division.
Promoted by Greg Cohen, Mladen logged only 20 amateur fights (17-3) but is learning his trade well thus far.
“I did martial arts, starting when I was four and got in a lot of fights as a kid, so it comes naturally,” said Miljas, the youngest of two sons born to Croatian immigrant parents, via WorldBoxingNews.net last year.
“I’ve always been a hard puncher. I was that kid nobody wanted to play sports with because I played too rough. I don’t have too much in-ring experience, so I’m still learning in every fight. I get better and better, so I want to learn as much as I can in the ring and get in with a good variety of opponents.”
Miljas started learning karate at four and eventually obtained a black belt, and wrestled in high school. At 17, he began to box, recorded 20 amateur bouts, and turned pro at 22.
“Boxing just spoke to me,” told Toronto Sun.
Recently, Mladen Miljas was excited to learn fellow Canadian and fight legend George was a fan.
“He’s seen a couple of my fights and said he was excited to see me fight again,” Miljas told Toronto Sun. “Having someone like him, who has had the success he has had, telling me…he enjoys my fights, that shows me I’m doing the right things.”
His biggest bout to date came in December 2017 when he lifted the Canadian title from Dilon Carman (then 12-2).
In that bout, the fighters created a rare, Rocky-like double knockdown in the opening stanza after landing simultaneous left hooks. Miljas ended matters in Round 2, flooring Carman twice to force a stoppage.