Get ready fight fans!!! Tonight’s Showtime card features three quality fights that are sure to have the crowd at Barclays on its feet!
In the first undercard fight, Heavyweight contenders Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller (18-0-1, 16 KOs) squares off against Gerald Washington (18-1-1, 12 KOs). While the fight won’t be televised live on Showtime, fight fans can livestream the fight on Facebook and YouTube.
Miller, will be fighting in his hometown of Brooklyn, NY against the the towering 6’7 Gerald Washington, who at 35 years old is still improving as a fighter.
”Gerald Washington is a good opponent for me coming back from a layoff,” said Miller. ”Most people wouldn’t go right into a fight so challenging. I’m warrior-built. I’ve been doing this for a long time. My main thing is to go in there and knock him out.”
While Miller is clearly looking for the KO, he will have to contend with the long reach and size of Washington – the same size that gave reigning heavyweight champion Deontay “Bronze Bomber” Wilder problems during their last fight on February 28th of this year. Washington was able to use his jab and hand speed to control the earlier rounds.
We’ll see tonight if Big Baby Miller can get the KO and recognition as one of the top heavyweights or if he is just all bark and no bite.
Showtime will begin its televised broadcast from Barclays Center with a fight between undefeated middleweight Jermell Charlo (25-0, 19 KOs) and Jorge Sebastian Heiland (29-4-2, 16 KOs) in a scheduled 12-round WBC Middleweight Title elimination fight. The winner will become the Mexico City-based sanctioning organization’s mandatory challenger for whoever is victorious when IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) meets Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs) on September 16th at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The 30-year-old Heiland has been the WBC’s No. 1-ranked challenger at 160 pounds for two years, but is listed by numerous Internet sports books as a huge underdog against Charlo (+3500/-1200). Heiland has won eight straight fights, but his last loss came four years ago against an opponent, Argentina’s Mateo Veron, who entered that bout with a 16-8-2 record.
The southpaw from Buenos Aires has beaten Veron twice by knockout since suffering that 10-round, majority-decision defeat in June 2013, yet isn’t considered a true threat to upset Charlo. A cautious Charlo hasn’t listened to any of that type of talk while preparing for the fight.
“He’s a good fighter,” Charlo said. “He’s hungry. This is his Super Bowl, so he’s coming in from Argentina to try to shut my career down. So I’m prepared for everything about him. I’m not sleeping on anyone. The record doesn’t mean anything to me. I’m prepared for war, just like he is.”
Charlo went on to say that, “It’d be amazing to get a knockout. I’m definitely not looking for the knockout, but I know Heiland is a guy who comes straight forward and he’s aggressive at the same time. And I’m one of the most precise counter-punchers in my time, so I feel like if he runs into something he can’t handle, I’m one of the best finishers and I’ll get it done.”
In the main event of the evening, Adrien Broner (32-2, 24 KOs) faces off against Mikey Garcia (36-0, 33 KOs) in a super lightweight battle.
Broner has vowed that he is a different fighter and person, having put the outside the ring legal and personal troubles behind him. Unlike his previous fight against Ashley Theophane, in which Broner failed to make weight, Adrien tipped the scale at 138.75lbs, well below the super lightweight 140lbs limit.
Broner remarked that, “camp was tough, but it was great. I did a lot of things differently and made sure that I was doing everything right. I made sure not to cut any corners this camp.”
Despite his back back-to-back victories, and being a four-time world champion in four different weight classes, Broner is a heavy underdog at +175. However. Broner embraces the underdog role and vows to still be victorious.
“I laugh when people write me off. I’m used to being the underdog coming where I come from. People don’t know what I’ve been through to get to this point. I’m blessed to be where I’m at. Saturday night, there will be a lot more room on the bandwagon.”
As for Mikey Garcia, who is also coming off of back-to-back wins, he is flying high with confidence. Weighing in at 139.5lbs, Garcia will be the bigger boxer, possessing tremendous punching power. Despite the physical advantages, Garcia intends on being patient and putting his ring prowess on display.
“I’m going to lo look to box effectively and show that I’m the better fighter. We’re both smart fighters but neither of us will run from the other. When you have styles like ourselves, with two guys who like to exchange punches, you’re in for a great battle.
Buckle you seat belts! Tonight should be a great night of boxing.
Catch the fights tonight Showtime Boxing at 9pm EST / 6pm PST.