Miller Knocks Out Dinu In Round 4
Jarrell Miller walked out of Kansas with another knockout victory under his belt.
Miller knocked out Romanian heavyweight Bogdan Dinu in the fourth round in their main event fight on a Matchroom Boxing USA card. Miller improves his record to 23-0-1 while Dinu’s record drops to 18-1.
The unbeaten heavyweight started the fight struggling to find a way to answer Dinu’s gameplan of landing the jab and then move across the ring to avoid getting hit by Miller’s heavy hands. Dinu did stun Miller a couple of times in the first two rounds, but Miller quickly turned things around in the third round with numerous body shots that slowed Dinu down.
Once the fourth round started, Miller was firmly in control of the fight. Miller knocked Dinu down with a combination of punches that ended with a left hand upstairs. Dinu managed to recover in time before the referee counted to 10, but Miller was quick to get back and continue attacking Dinu. Miller landed another combination of punches to Dinu that ended with a right hook that knocked out the Romanian boxer.
“We’re just trying to work out what to do next,” the 30-year-old, nicknamed ‘Big Baby’, stated following his stopping of Dinu. “We want AJ [Anthony Joshua] but he’s a little busy, if Dillian Whyte gets past Derek Chisora, I want one of them.
“It’s about time I knocked out a Brit. The Brits, right now, are top of the list and there’s just me and Deontay [Wilder] as the two undefeated American guys and Deontay’s fighting a Brit.
“He’s called out AJ but Tyson Fury’s stepped up, so if I can’t get AJ, I’d like to take Dillian Whyte, Dereck Chisora, even a David Allen or David Price.
— Matchroom Boxing (@MatchroomBoxing) November 18, 2018
In the co-main event, Claressa Shields continued her undefeated start with a decisive victory over Hannah Rankin. Not only did Shields, the only American boxer to win two Olympic gold medals, retain her unified WBA and IBF women’s middleweight titles, but also pick up the vacant WBC middleweight title. Shields was able to utilize her jab to keep Rankin at bay as well as throw in the occasional right hook to stun Rankin.
Rankin was able to hang on and go the distance against Shields, but the young world champion was ultimately the better boxer that night. After the fight, Shields called out fellow middleweight champion Christina Hammer with the two potentially on a collision course to an undisputed world title fight in 2019.
Jarrell Miller defeated Bogdan Dinu by KO, round 7, 2:45
Claressa Shields defeated Hannah Rankin by unanimous decision (100-90, 100-90, 100-90) to unify the WBA, IBF and WBC women’s middleweight titles
Claressa Shields (c) vs. Hannah Rankin: WBA, IBF and vacant WBC women’s middleweight title
Round 1: Rankin throws a couple of jabs as Shields patiently awaits a chance to attack. Shields lands a pair of right hooks that land on Rankin’s chin. Shields throws a couple of quick left jabs. Rankin lands a counter left hand, then blocks a right hand from Shields.
Round 2: Rankin lands a quick left hook followed by a right hook from Shields. Shields throws more jabs, then a right hook to the body. Shields fires off three straight left jabs, the last of which land square on Rankin’s face.
Round 3: Shields continues to attack well with the jab, but there’s an accidental clash of heads early in the round. Shields throws a series of punches, but Rankin responds by throwing numerous body shots. The two fighters trade punches, but neither woman got hurt in those exchanges.
Round 4: Shields lands several hooks upstairs as the two boxers start fighting rough. The two fighters land simultaneous jabs, but Shields doubles up on the jab. Shields lands a counter right hand that lands flush on Rankin. Shields throws three straight hooks, but Hankin manages to get an uppercut on Shields.
Round 5: Shields is still having little trouble connecting with the jab. Shields misses an uppercut, but lands a three-punch combo on Rankin. Shields lands a right hook on Rankin’s body. Shields ends the round with a flurry of punches.
Round 6: Shields’ left jab looks more explosive at the start of the round. Rankin lands a right hand, followed by a left hook that connects. Shields gets a left hook in, but Rankin is still coming forward. Shields lands a right hand that appears to have staggered Rankin.
Round 7: The round starts off well with the two boxers landing several punches to the chin. Shields connects with the 1-2 upstairs. Shields lands a left hook to Rankin’s ribs. Rankin throws a combination of punches, but Shields does a good job defending against it.
Round 8: Rankin hits a 1-2 to Shields’ head and the champion answers back with a right jab. Shields lands a big jab and then right uppercut to the body. Shields lands a left jab and avoids getting hit with a counter right hand from Rankin. Shields lands a short left hook upstairs.
Round 9: Shields lands a quick left jab, but Rankin responds with a right-hand punch. Shields lands two quick left jabs that split Rankin’s guard. Another accidental clash of heads takes place, but neither fighter is hurt. Shields ends the round with a big flurry of punches that nearly dropped Rankin.
Round 10: Shields lands a quick left jab to start the final round. Shields goes to the ropes, but avoids most of Rankin’s punches. Shields land a series of hooks upstairs that momentarily hurt Rankin. Rankin was able to hand in there until the end of the round.
Official Result: Claressa Shields defeated Hannah Rankin by unanimous decision (100-90, 100-90, 100-90) to unify the WBA, IBF and WBC women’s middleweight titles
Jarrell Miller vs. Bogdan Dinu
Round 1: Dinu lands a pair of left jabs and Miller responds with two jabs of his own. Miller starts walking Dinu down and throws a couple of hooks. Dinu throws a combination of punches that land on Miller’s face. Miller tries to attack the body, barely landing a jab to Dinu’s ribs. Dinu lands two hooks to Miller’s ribs. Miller gets a right hook in on Dinu’s body. Miller throws a pair of overhand rights at the end of the round, but Dinu stuns Miller with a straight right hand as the round ended.
Round 2: Dinu lands another right hand on Miller’s jaw. Dinu continues to land several jabs, but Miller was able to get his shots in. Miller is moving forward as Dinu throws a jab or two and then move around the ring. Miller throws a right hand to Dinu’s chest. Dinu throws four straight left jabs as Miller could only defend.
Round 3: Miller is moving forward once more and pressuring Dinu. Miller is looking to limit Dinu’s mobility while Dinu is trying to stick to the ropes. Miller lands a solid left hook to the body. Miller then connects with two hooks to the body. Miller continues with the body shots as he manages to trap Dinu to the ropes. Miller throws a combination with one punch hitting Dinu down low.
Round 4: Miller starts off by pressuring Dinu and landing more body shots. Dinu comes back and lands a couple of hooks upstairs. Miller hits a combination of punches that ends with a body shot. Miller throws a few left jabs, but Dinu manages to score a few punches at times, including a short left hook. Miller lands a right hook to the body, then a left uppercut to Dinu. Miller knocks down Dinu and Dinu almost gets counted out. Miller returns and hits a big right hook to knock out Dinu.
Official Result: Jarrell Miller defeated Bogdan Dinu by KO, round 7, 2:45