Seems like, whether through legit reasons or not, he found himself in the worst possible spot. Mandatory defense against a game, but older Murray, give that fight up for a big payday against GGG in a unification(which would have been a big payday at least for dumping the title), to now fighting a dangerous opponent in his prime, who is awkward, not a huge name, and will pay the least. Hopefully for him, his injury was legit, because if this was all business, he found himself in a real shitty spot. I wouldn't be surprised if he vacates, if he can secure a bigger payday against DeGale in a move up fight.
Murray was a voluntary defense, the WBO wouldn't remove someone's mandatory status just because the champion "can't" make it in the ring with them. I definitely don't think he will vacate the title, his title is his big ticket versus Golovkin or Canelo which is a lot bigger payday than he would get versus DeGale. Who do you like to win, Saunders or Andrade?
I meant to put voluntary, but was thinking of his mandatory in DA. I think that is the bigger fight, too. But by then, the winner of the IBF title fight could be the bigger payday compared to BJS, I'm not sure. I think BJS can be a slick fighter, but if you get in and rough him up, I think you can beat him. Can DA do that is the question?
I think Saunders vs Andrade would be awesome, 50/50 fight more or less, but you know what?, I'd lean towards Andrade, I think he has the skills, but he also has the work rate, the 12 round engine to beat Saunders, I think that might be the difference, both guys are southpaws, both guys are slick, both have a lot of skill, both are counter punchers, both have good amateur backgrounds, especially Andrade, but I think Andrade would just be more active, maybe take it from Saunders late, as the fighter with the better stamina, but Saunders is good, he isn't a puncher, but he uses every bit of power he has to set you up and make you vulnerable. That fight would be awesome, but I don't see Warren agreeing to it unless it is ordered.
"Jarrell Miller's promoter Dmitry Salita revealed they have NOT been able to make a deal with Kubrat Pulev's backers for their IBF final eliminator to take place in neutral territory, therefore HUGHIE FURY will now likely be called to face Pulev."
"Heavyweight contender Jarrell "Big Baby" Miller formally declined a world title elimination fight with Kubrat Pulev on Tuesday, opting instead to pursue a path with another organization.
On June 25, Epic Sports & Entertainment won an IBF purse bid to gain promotional rights for a fight meant to produce one of the mandatory challengers for unified world titleholder Anthony Joshua.
Epic Sports, which does not promote either fighter, bid a whopping $2,111,111 to beat the only other bidder, Team Sauerland, which bid $1,000,010. Team Sauerland promotes Pulev, but they are on the outs and Pulev's contract is soon to expire.
Miller would have earned a career-high purse of $527,777.75 (the 25 percent of the winning bid he was entitled to), but his co-promoters, Greg Cohen and Dmitry Salita, notified the IBF on Monday, which was the deadline to send the organization a signed contract, that Miller would not take part in the bout.
"On behalf of Jarrell Miller we are informing the IBF that we are turning down the fight offer to face Kubrat Pulev," the promoters wrote to sanctioning organization. "We greatly appreciate the opportunity the IBF has afforded us and look forward to continuing our close working relationship."
Epic Sports promoter John Wirt was disappointed Miller's camp rejected a high-stakes fight between two bona fide contenders.
"Miller lives up to his moniker, 'Big Baby,'" Wirt told ESPN.
Pulev (25-1, 13 KOs), 37, had already signed for the fight and returned the contract to the IBF. He is aiming to earn a second world title shot after suffering a fifth-round knockout loss to then-unified world champion Wladimir Klitschko in 2014. Pulev has won five fights in a row since and will be ordered to face another opponent by the IBF in the elimination bout. Dillian Whyte previously turned down the fight with Pulev after Epic Sports also won that purse bid in order to accept a better deal to face former titlist Joseph Parker on July 28.
Wirt tried to sell Pulev-Miller to HBO, which he said was not interested, so he planned to put the fight on Sept. 1 in Pulev's hometown of Sofia, Bulgaria, where is a superstar.
Cohen told ESPN that had the fight been set to take place in the United States, they may have accepted the bout.
"It didn't make sense to go over to Bulgaria. You know, overseas weird things happen. It wasn't meant to be," Cohen said. "So we are going the WBA route."
Cohen said Miller is already in position to be the mandatory challenger for the winner of the long overdue mandatory fight between Manuel Charr (31-4, 17 KOs), the WBA's secondary titlist, and Fres Oquendo (37-8, 24 KOs), who are scheduled to fight on Sept. 29 in Cologne, Germany.
"The winner of that fight must fight Jarrell Miller within 90 days," Cohen said. "We are considering a potential tune-up fight for sometime in September to early October for Jarrell. Dmitry and I are discussing some options, but the agenda now is to fight the winner of Charr and Oquendo for the WBA regular title."
Miller (21-0-1, 18 KOs), 29, of Brooklyn, New York, whose last two fights were televised by HBO, has defeated three consecutive former world title challengers: Gerald Washington by eighth-round knockout, Mariusz Wach by ninth-round stoppage and, on April 28, Johann Duhaupas by lopsided unanimous decision."
I think Miller beats Charr with less difficulty than Pulev, Pulev is awkward, good fighter, underrated in his prime, but I think Miller would have beaten him with consistent pressure, sustained bullying, and heavy hands, but I think Charr gives Miller about as much trouble as Washington, I think Charr is good, but he isn't on Miller's level. Miller, at the moment, I think is the biggest threat to Joshua and Wilder, I don't think he beats them, but I think he is top 3 in his division.
I think he is a good fighter, but I still think Parker is the 3rd best in the division. He is a very good boxer, with a great chin, and can have a good pace and work rate, and I think the shape he is in would give him the edge, even though I do know Miller carries his weight well. I don't know if Miller could slow him down enough or consistently outwork him. If both win their next fights, I think that would be a great proving ground match up for him.
Champ. What do you think of the matchup that may come out of this, being Hughie and Pulev? I think this would be a good opportunity for Hughie, should he win, to be in position for a real title shot again. This time next year, if all goes right, he might be looking at a World title shot.
Great fight, interesting fight, could be very technical. That would be a tricky test for Fury, Pulev is experienced, awkward, and very skilled, but I think Fury is good enough to beat him now, but still, interesting fight. In my opinion, Hughie Fury is a top 5 fighter at heavyweight, gives Joshua and Wilder real problems, I could see him beating Parker and Miller, maybe not, but those would be interesting fights, I think apart from maybe those 4, I think Fury beats everyone, even Povetkin and Ortiz, who are just behind him I think, as skilled, experienced fighters with great amateur pedigree, only lost once, but still have lost at the highest level, and both old.
If you can see him possibly beating Parker, what has changed since he lost to Parker?
I think that was the making of him, it was the experience he needed, he didn't get beaten up, he just got pressured and bullied, but it was 12 rounds, a level he hadn't been at before, and he's very young, at an age when he is only maturing and improving. Parker vs Fury would be a 50/50 fight in my opinion, but on the basis that boxing is a business, I think the rematch is unlikely.
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