Jarrell Miller Takes Out Lucas Browne; Soslan Asbarov Escapes Brandon Glanton
Despite there being a combined 600+ pounds between the two, Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller (26-0-1, 22KO) and Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne (31-4, 27KO) produced a high-volume fight! The 43 year-old former WBA regular champ wanted the respect for his power to be immediate. Meanwhile, Miller pressed the fight early to make good on his fourth round knockout prediction. While the knockout didn’t come in that round, the action was extremely exciting as both men were swinging for the fences! Although, the two men didn’t look physically appealing, their conditioning was up to par.
By the middle rounds, damage from a 333 pounds Miller became evident on the face of his opponent. In round six, a determined Big Baby went after Browne with everything but the kitchen sink! This resulted in the Australian finally going down from a hook. Browne made it back to his feet just to find himself under fire against the ropes. The referee promptly stepped in as Browne took a final flush left hook.
In the post-fight interview, Miller did not hesitate to call out WBA regular champ Daniel Dubois and former unified champion Anthony Joshua! While the Joshua fight may be a stretch, a bout with Dubois could come to fruition as Miller holds a top fifteen ranking with the WBA.
BRANDON GLANTON VS SOSLAN ASBAROV
Russia’s Soslan Asbarov (4-0, 1KO) entered the pro ranks on the fast-track. In his 2nd pro fight, he dazzled in a win over former title contender Dmitry Kudryashov. He found himself in with another experienced fighter against WBO #11 and WBC #15 ranked Cruiserweight Brandon “Bulletproof” Glanton (17-2, 14KO) for ten rounds. Glanton applied pressure from the opening round as Asbarov elected to use the ring and pick his opponent off. Being “patient” before unloading worked early on for the Russian as his counter-punching ability often effected Glanton’s rhythm. This resulted in many wasted punches, which allowed Asbarov to dictate the pace for most of the fight.
Then by round seven, something clicked. Maybe he felt he needed a knockdown or a knockout to get back into the fight as ringside commentator Floyd Mayweather Jr previously expressed. Glanton amped up the pressure and began taking Asbarov apart! There were several points up to the conclusion of the bout where fatigue and damaging shots made the Russian look as though he would go down at any moment. However, his will kept him on his feet and allowed him to fight back until the final bell. Fortunately for him, his survival resulted in a majority decision victory.
The judges scored the bout 98-92, 97-93 and 95-95. A shocked Mayweather was heard over the ring announcer stating “they cheating” as the first two scorecards were read! Whether that may be true or not, Glanton suffered his second consecutive setback. Meanwhile, Asbarov defeats a second ranked fighter in just his fourth pro bout!
JONO CARROLL VS MIGUEL MARRIAGA
WBA #5, IBF #11 and WBC #13 130lbs contender Jono “King Kong” Carroll (24-2-1, 7KO) and former title contender Miguel “The Scorpion” Marriaga (30-7, 26KO) went to battle in Dubai. While Carroll successfully boxed for the majority of the fight, Marriaga landed the much bigger punches throughout. King Kong was his usual self in starting fast and dictating the pace early behind his jab and body work. The Colombian had trouble timing Carroll as he darted in then out. This relegated him to looking for one big shot to slow the Irishman down. He had success in landing the overhand right and even caused a cut over the left eye of Carroll in the second round. Nevertheless, the volume of King Kong gave him control early on.
However, by the middle rounds, Carroll started to use less of the ring and sat down on his punches more. With only seven knockouts to his name, it’s not surprising this move gave Marriaga more confidence. The Colombian knew a slugfest would favor him since he is the bigger puncher. The action resulted in the Irishman suffering a second cut, this time above the right eye. Furthermore, the bout seemed to be much closer down the stretch.
Conversely, by the end of the fight, the judges felt a bloody Carroll was completely dominant. They turned in scorecards of 100-90, 99-91 and 98-92. Although, the right man won, the scorecards failed to properly capture how close this fight was.