Who Will Be Jarrell Miller’s Opponent In His Top Rank Debut?
After a long time away from the ring, Jarrell Miller will look to make an immediate impact with Top Rank. According to Mike Coppinger of The Athletic, “Big Baby” is set to return to action on July 9 in Las Vegas. Chris Mannix went on to say that Jerry Forrest will be his opponent.
Miller (23-0-1) signed with Top Rank back in January and would end up stating he is ready for whoever ends up in his way. He is also ready for a world title bout.
“Minor setback for a major comeback. I’m coming for everything and everyone. No one is safe. Say hello to the bad guy,” Miller stated. “Everyone wants to portray the superhero. We don’t live in a sunshine world. I’ll never be the superhero. In my world, the majority of the time, the villain wins.”
The Nevada State Atheltic Commission approved a renewal of Miller’s license. The 31-year-old hasn’t fought since November 2018, when he beat Bogdan Dinu for the interim WBA-NABA and WBO-NABA Heavyweight Titles. He was supposed to fight Anthony Joshua for the WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO Heavyweight Titles inside Madison Square Garden in June 2019. Miller failed three separate drug tests before the fight, forcing him out of action. He was also suspended six months by the WBA to add to his punishment.
Andy Ruiz jr. ended up taking his place and went on to beat Joshua in one of the biggest upsets in boxing. Miller would later state that the failed tests were a result of a stem cell treatment, which ended up having components that would result in a positive test.
The former kickboxer in Miller was suspended nine months in 2014 by the California State Athletic Commission after testing positive for methylhexaneamine.
Forrest (26-3) is coming off of a knockout-win against Martez Williamson back in September. It was a rebound following a loss against Jermaine Franklin last July. It was his first loss in 2014, ending a streak of 18 straight wins.