Today the British boxing promoter and his live-streaming partner were in America’s heartland, Mulvane, Kansas, a suburb of Wichita, where jumbo heavyweight Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller was showcased in the marquee bout of a 9-fight card at the Kansas Star Casino.
Big Baby weighed in at 315, giving him a 78-pound weight advantage over his undefeated but obscure Romanian opponent, Bogdan Dinu. Early on it became obvious that Dinu’s only chance was to out-box Miller from the outside and the plan worked in the first two rounds. But one could sense that Miller would close the distance and eventually wear Dinu down with body shots or knock him out.
It proved to be the latter and the end came in the fourth round. Miller decked Dinu with a hard combination and then, when Dinu arose, repeated the process and Dinu wasn’t able to beat the count.
Ranked #2 going in by the WBA and #4 by the WBO, Miller advanced to 23-0 with his 20thknockout. Dinu suffered his first defeat in 19 starts.
WBA/WBC/IBF middleweight title-holder Claressa Shields, America’s most prominent female boxer, had no difficulty turning away Hannah Rankin (5-3), outclassing the Scotswoman in a 10-round fight with no indelible moments. Rankin didn’t have the power to cause Shields (7-0) an anxious moment and she wasn’t busy enough to win any of the rounds. Luckily for Rankin, she has a second career to fall back upon. A graduate of London’s Royal Academy of Music, she has performed with orchestras all over Europe.