Daniel Dubois: Talk is cheap – Jarrell Miller helping hype heavyweight clash

Daniel Dubois is happy for Jarrell Miller to do the talking ahead of their heavyweight showdown on Saturday.

The 26-year-old South Londoner faces the unbeaten American on the ‘Day Of Reckoning’ show in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Miller has played mind games in the build up by accusing Dubois of quitting in his two losses in the paid ranks to Oleksandr Usyk and Joe Joyce.

Dubois’ last ring outing was a failed challenge for four world titles as unified champion Usyk stopped him in the ninth round.

A body short deemed low had put the Ukrainian down earlier in the contest but he was allowed a lengthy period to recover.

Dubois (19-2) previously claimed the WBA world heavyweight title after an easy knockout win over Trevor Bryan but has come up short when facing the division’s top operators.

Brooklyn’s Miller (26-0-1) had been due to face then world champion Anthony Joshua – also on the Riyadh show along with Deontay Wilder – in 2019 but it had to be cancelled due to the challenger failing a drugs test.

Asked about Miller’s jibes about him lacking heart when the going gets tough, Dubois told Boxing King Media: “I’ve got to clear the air and make him quit – turn it around on all of them.

“Fighters have to say these things about each other. We are enemies – until we get paid. This is the game, calling each other out and making fights interesting.

“Let him carry on – I’ll see him in the ring, that’s how I feel about it. You don’t want to burn too much energy on all of that. He is doing his part for the show.”

Another loss for Dubois would leave him firmly out of the title picture.

“No ducking and no dodging anyone in this division,” he said. “I want to leave a legacy behind that is remembered.

“He (Miller) is a big unit. You can’t miss him. As a puncher this is what I prefer – come-forward fighters who I can mix it up with. That is 100 per cent what I like.

“It was put forward to us and we took it on. This is a fight I think I need at this stage.”

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