By Rich Cheney: Jarrell Miller (19-0-1, 17 KOs) used his considerable size to wear down and halt former heavyweight world title challenger Gerald Washington (18-2-1, 12 KOs) in the 8th round last Saturday night on Showtime Championship Boxing from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
This was a fight that was shown on Facebook rather than on the Showtime part of the broadcast. Coming in at 298 pounds for Friday’s weigh-in, which was a career high for the 29-year-old Miller, he was able to use his size to walk down the 6’7” Washington and get a stoppage at the end of the 8th.
Miller hurt a very tired looking Washington in the last moments of the 8th. At the end of the round, referee Gary Rosato walked over to Washington’s corner and waived off the fight. The official time of the stoppage was at 3:00 of round 8. Washington’s corner looked like they were stopping it at the same time Rosato did.
Washington had his moments in the fight, hurting Miller with a flurry of shots in the first minute of round 6. Unfortunately for Washington, he gassed out from that brief flurry of shots. If he had been able to continue to bombard Miller for the full 3 minutes of the round, it’s quite possible that he would have knocked him out. Miller did not look good taking those shots. He was just walking forward getting nailed by Washington. Miller came on strong in the last 20 seconds of the round to hurt Washington with some big hooks to the head after trapping him against the ropes.
In round 4, Miller stunned Washington with a big left hook to the head followed by a right hand. Miller teed off on Washington for most of the round. At one point, it looked as if the referee was on the verge of stopping it. Washington was trapped against the ropes and taking concussive head shots from Miller one after another.
“I definitely felt the ring rust,” said Miller. “Gerald was very tough. It was a very good fight that had me thinking. My power was there, but I couldn’t put it together the way I wanted to today.”
This was the first fight for Miller in the past year since his victory over Fred Kassi in August 2016. Miller was a little heavier than he’d been for the Kassi fight. He weighed in at 296 for that fight.
Miller’s shots didn’t have much snap on them, but they were still hard nonetheless. It reminded me of watching George Foreman in his comeback, when he was old and flabby. Foreman still hit hard, but he wasn’t the same guy that he’d been in his 20s. Miller was able to walk Washington down round after round, nailing him with hard punches on the inside.
Washington made it easy on Miller by backing up against the ropes and covering up. Miller is more of an inside fighter than a long range guy. Washington would have been better off if he’d stayed on the move, circling and jabbing. The problem that Washington had was he lacked the stamina to fight like that. He was tired after just one round.
Washington came out fast in the 1st round in moving around the ring, jabbing and landing some tasty looking left hooks to the head of Miller. Washington looked like a carbon copy of Wladimir Klitschko. Where things fell apart for Washington is that he got tired after the 1st round, and he couldn’t move the way he needed to for the remainder of the fight. His legs were gone after round 1. This enabled Miller to walk Washington down and punish him on the ropes.
“I took the hard way back coming in off of a layoff. Gerald definitely pushed me and motivated me. I had to rely on my brain and my power,” said Miller. “I knew there would be a give and take in this fight. It’s one thing to fight when you have stamina; it’s another to fight when you’re tired. I was trying to outthink him.”