Big Baby Clobbers Kassi

By Robert Ecksel on August 20, 2016
Big Baby Clobbers Kassi
“When ‘Big Baby’ puts the pacifier, it’s going to be on him.” (Rosie Cohe/Showtime)

“Tyson Fury, he doesn’t want this work. He’s always complaining. He’s always sick or something. I don’t know what’s wrong with him…”

Friday night at the Rhinos Stadium in Rochester, New York, Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller (18-0-1, 16 KOs), the undefeated diamond in the rough from Brooklyn, New York, ranked #7 by the WBO and #9 by the WBA and IBF, successfully defended his WBO NABO heavyweight title by forcing Fred Kassi (18-6-1, 10 KOs), the hard-luck veteran from New Orleans by way of Douala, Cameroon, to quit on his stool after the third round.

Weighing an appetite-suppressing 296½ pounds and fighting out of the red corner in gold and white trunks, “Big Baby” relied more on power than finesse and systematically broke down his 237¼-pound opponent.

Kassi, fighting out of the blue corner in black with red trim, is a cutie. Athletic and skilled, he has mastered the long layoff and was on the wrong end of several decisions. But Kassi is a clever boxer-puncher. He was a step up for the Brooklyn Bomber.

Before the fight, Jarrell Miller had a prediction: “When ‘Big Baby’ puts the pacifier, it’s going to be on him.”

The bell rang to start the fight and Kassi took control. He landed three quick rights to get things going. Darting in and out, using speed, angles, and a sneaky leads while switching from orthodox to southpaw and back again, Kassi made “Big Baby” look like a big baby.

Miller followed Kassi around the ring, dutifully, and just as dutifully ate punches. He hoped to land the single shot that would end it then and there, but whenever “Big Baby” got close enough to let his hands go, his punches mostly missed the mark. Miller landed two short right hands at the bell.

Between rounds Kassi’s cornerman told him, “Make him miss, make him pay.”

Kassi started round two where he left off. He landed a hard left. Miller was stalking Kassi and walked into another left he didn’t see coming. Kassi landed a three-punch combination. He was in control.

“Big Baby” landed a three-punch combination punctuated by an uppercut that turned things around. Miller landed a short right. Kassi danced away. Miller pressed forward. Kassi was fighting off the ropes. He landed several body shots before dancing away again.

Miller was making his move. Kassi was making him look one-dimensional, but “Big Baby” fights with purpose. Whenever he landed he hurt Fred Kassi.

In Miller’s corner, his trainer Harry Keitt told him, “Stop going for the knockout. It’s going to come. You have to work for it.”

“Big Baby” started the third by landing three overhand rights—and never stopped punching.

Miller is a volume puncher. His punches aren’t sharp, they are wide and looping. But “Big Baby” has heavy hands and his punches land with thudding certainty. Kassi took refuge from the storm, sliding and wobbling along the ropes. His legs were gone; his offense almost nonexistent.

In Kassi’s corner between rounds three and four he told the ref he hurt his right hand. “I can’t use it,” he said, turning a more or less okay fight into an anticlimactic TKO.

Jarrell Miller likes TV cameras as much as he likes eating and knocking men out. “Big Baby” has a big personality, a personality even bigger than his punch.

“I knew it would take some time to get going tonight,” he said. “I was thinking maybe three or four rounds to warm up and get going.  But in the second round, I got my wind and I knew I hurt him. My legs came alive and I touched his body and his head.  I knew I was going to get the stoppage.”

Miller got the stoppage, but it came with a whimper instead of a bang.

“I think he could have continued,” said “Big Baby.” “He just didn’t want to. That’s why I take my hat off to Deontay Wilder. I still want to break his jaw, but he finished his fight with a broken hand.  That’s what champions do. Kassi didn’t want to continue.”

I forgive fighters with broken hands, but I know it’s something I need to address.

“Let’s talk about all these heavyweights,” Miller continued. “Tyson Fury, he doesn’t want this work. He’s always complaining. He’s always sick or something. I don’t know what’s wrong with him. Wilder, every five minutes he breaks another finger. Look, it’s just a matter of time before these guys are going to have to put up or shut up. Anthony Joshua, that’s going to be a mega fight. I am just begging for him to call my name.”

When Kassi was asked about his broken hand, he said, “I must have hurt my hand in the first round because in the second, every time I hit him I felt a shock. I wanted to keep going but he’s a big guy and I couldn’t use my hand.  When you fight a guy that is 50 pounds heavier than you are, you need all the weapons.”

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  1. The Thresher 08:41am, 08/21/2016

    Ugh, Holy shit!

  2. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 07:43am, 08/21/2016

    Caster Semenya has a vagina, no penis but a 6 inch clitoris, undescended testes that produce 3 times the normal level of testosterone for a female and the IAAF says it’s OK for this intersex person the compete with Kate Grace!

  3. Koolz 05:42pm, 08/20/2016

    I need to see him against Ortiz.  Of course I see him getting KO’d in about four rounds with Ortiz but I still need to see it.

  4. The Thresher 03:06pm, 08/20/2016

    He should be called “Big Baby Fat”. He is a KO waiting to happen. He also is a big mouth who thinks he is funny. He is a comedian in his own mind. Get him in with Povetkin so we can forget about him.

    And that George Foreman-routine about eating hamburgers made me puke out my guts.

    This guy defines what is wrong with “new school” boxing.

    Mayfield got robbed and his opponent knew it better than anyone.

    Mson Menard is my type of fighter. Keeps pressing and pressing and then WHAM!! It’s over.

  5. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 03:03pm, 08/20/2016

    Big Baby wanted to get this over with because he still had time to make it to the All You Can Eat Fish Fry night at Golden Corral. In fact that’s all he really had on his mind along with some tangy Mac & Cheese and some nice tasty mustard greens.

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