A curious card takes place at the Agenda Arena in Dubai this Saturday evening, as two controversial heavyweights collide in the main event. Jarrell Miller and Lucas Browne will clash over ten rounds.
Miller vs Browne is live on PROBOXTV.com in the USA, while a UK broadcaster has not been announced as of yet.
Miller (25-0-1, 21 KOs) had worked his way into world title contention, after wins against fringe level operators in Gerald Washington, Mariusz Wach and Bogdan Dinu to name a few, and by June 2019 he had a dream shot at the unified world title to look forward to.
The stage was set for the New Yorker to severely test Anthony Joshua inside Madison Square Garden, but, with just weeks to go, the 34-year-old’s career unravelled as a result of a failed test, with a cocktail of banned substances found in his body, and that meant cancellation and humiliation for ‘Big Baby’.
A July 2020 return also resulted in another failed test, and it would be June 2022 when he came back to the ring, outscoring Ariel Bracamonte over ten in Argentina.
He was last out a month later, halting Derek Cardenas in four.
Browne (31-3, 27 KOs) is also no stranger to failed tests himself. The Aussie is now 43-years-old, and was once the WBA ‘regular’ champion, after stopping Ruslan Chagaev in ten in 2016.
‘Big Daddy’ would go on to fail more than one drug test in the aftermath, and was never the same fighter.
He was wiped out in six by Dillian Whyte in 2018, and in three by Dave Allen a year later.
When former Rugby League player, Paul Gallen stopped Browne in a round in April 2021, it looked all over, and for seven rounds against Faiga Opelu it was a tough watch, but somehow the veteran found a knockout punch to win.
He was seen in June last year, when he stunned Junior Fa in a round.
Prediction: Browne has done well just to prolong his career, and I don’t see this one lasting the distance. Miller should still have enough to finally finish Browne’s professional odyssey within the first three or four rounds.
Carroll meets Marriaga
Since being upset by Maxi Hughes in 2020, Jono Carroll (23-2-1, 7 KOs) has won five on the trot, and he appears here in a ten rounder at featherweight against old warhorse Miguel Marriaga.
Former multi-time world title challenger, Marriaga (30-6, 26 KOs) has won five of his last ten outings, and has found the canvas in his last two contests, dropped by Eduardo Ramirez on the way to a points loss over ten in December 2021, and three times by Michael Conlan in his last fight last August.
Prediction: Carroll should take this one on the scorecards.
The final ten rounder is at cruiserweight, where Soslan Asbarov (3-0, 1 KO) may need the cards to get past Brandon Glanton (17-1, 14 KOs), whose only loss came in his last fight in a split decision reverse to David Light, who takes on Lawrence Okolie for the WBO title later this month.
In eight rounders, Hasibullah Ahmadi (15-0, 5 KOs) can take a points win against Dana Coolwell (9-2, 7 KOs) at featherweight, and at heavyweight, Ruslan Fayfer (27-4-1, 18 KOs) can halt German Garcia Montes (8-4, 8 KOs) inside schedule.
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Ali Baloyev (12-1, 8 KOs) can outpoint Kureysh Sagov (8-2, 4 KOs) at cruiserweight, and Djamel Dahou (17-0, 15 KOs) should stop Allan Kamote (29-13-5, 16 KOs) in their lightweight contest.
The final eight rounder is at featherweight, where Amir Khan’s cousin, Abdul Khan (7-0, 1 KO) should take a points win against Jaskaran Singh (3-0-1).