Miller Stops Browne in Slugfest and Gets Confronted by Charr, Gesta Upsets Diaz, Ramirez Misses Weight
By Robert Brizel, Real Combat Media Head Boxing Correspondent
On Saturday, March 18, 2023, in the main event bout of a 13 bout card at Agenda Arena in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, top 25 world heavyweight contender Jarrell ‘Big Baby’ Miller went to 26-0 with 22 knockouts, North Bellmore, New York, with a sixth round entertaining stoppage of former World Boxing Association World Heavyweight champion Lucas Browne, age 43, 31-4 with 27 knockouts, Perth, Australia.
Miller and Browne traded uppercuts and power shot bombs, but at 330 pounds, Miller was going to eventually break the aging ex-champ Browne down in a long bout. Incredible power shots by Miller, specifically a series of right hand bombs, finally sent a tired Browne to the canvas in the sixth round. Browne got up, and Miller responded with a number of head power shots with Browne along the ropes helpless, and the Browne corner threw the towel in at 2:33 of the sixth round as referee Daniel Van de Wiele stopped it. Browne was out.
Inside the ring, Miller was immediately confronted face to face and called out by former world title challenger Manuel ‘Diamond Boy’ Charr, 34-4 with 20 knockouts, Dubai United Arab Emirates via Syria. Could be a great match for Miller if Salita Promotions agrees.
On the undercard, Irish southpaw super featherweight contender Jono Carroll, 24-2-1 with seven knockouts, Dublin Ireland, overcame a cut over his left eye to outpoint Columbian power hitter Miguel Marriaga, 30-7 with 26 knockouts, Arjona, Columbia, with scored of 100-90, 99-91, and 98-92. Marriaga has now lost four of his last five bouts by 10 round decision, the power hitter having gotten diffused by talented technical opponents. 4-0 cruiserweight Soslan Asbarov of Moscow, Russian Federation, won a 10 round majority decision over 17-2 Brandon Glanton over Riverside, California.
Former World Boxing Organisation World Super Middleweight champion Gilberto ‘Zurdo’ Ramirez, has been suspended by the California State Athletic Commission for six to eight months, according to executive director Andy Foster, after he missed weight by 7.6 pounds for his light heavyweight bout with Gabriel Rosado in Long Beach, California, this past Friday at the weigh-in. Ramirez, 44-1 with 30 knockouts, Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico, missed weight for first time in 14 years and 45 pro bouts.
The new main event at Walter Pyramid, Long Beach, California, on Saturday, March 18, 2023, ended in a major upset. Former lightweight world title challenger Mercito Gesta, 34-3-3 with 17 knockouts, San Diego, California, by way of the Philippines, scored a junior welterweight 10 round split decision upset over former IBF World Super Featherweight champion southpaw Joseph Diaz, 32-4-1 with 15 knockouts, Downey, California. Gest also upset Joel Diaz in April 2022. Gesta was supposed to fight Ryan Garcia, who pulled out to fight Gervonta Davis. Gesta had better movement and a consistent jab, and put it all on the table with flurries in the tenth and final round. Scoring went 99-91, 98-92 for Gesta, and 97-93 for Joseph Diaz.
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