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Jarrell Miller will always have his detractors, who will no doubt assess that there is no future in fighting a 43-year-old Lucas Browne in the UAE.

Miller’s reputation has struggled to recover from four years out between 2018-2022, following a failed drugs test which scuppered his world title shot against Anthony Joshua.

“Big Baby” has always maintained his innocence and his team have never let AJ out of their sights. Promoter Dmitry Salita told i last year that the pair still had “unfinished business”, and that the US heavyweight would pursue a fight with Joshua if the former three-belt world champion lost his rematch against Oleksandr Usyk.

That is exactly what happened, although the path taken by Joshua is not much more glamorous, fighting Jermaine Franklin at The O2 on 1 April. Where he goes after that is unclear.

The undefeated Miller is an attacker, who will wear opponents down with the jab, which makes him a big test for Browne in this 10-round main event.

Browne may be a former WBA champion but his sixth-round knockout defeat to Dillian Whyte really spelled the end of his days at the top.

There have been a handful of victories since then, though more memorable were his losses to David Allen. Even Paul Gallen, the former rugby league player, popped his eardrum.

Miller is noticeably leaner than he once was, a new slimmer physique seeing him move his feet quicker and he has the potential to outfox Browne, who has a decent chin – and best of all, a big right hand – but will struggle to go the distance here.

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Miller vs Browne

  • Date: Saturday 18 March
  • Venue: Agenda Arena, Dubai, UAE
  • Fight time: Ring walks for the main event are expected around 9.30pm UK time
  • TV/live stream: The fight will be shown on ProBox TV, which only launched last year. Subscriptions are $1.99 (£1.64) a month
  • Undercard highlights: Dublin’s Jono Carroll is hoping for a St Patrick’s weekend celebration against multiple world title challenger Miguel “The Scorpion” Marriaga. Carroll is in for a huge test at featherweight
  • i predicts: If he can keep the fight at his own pace, Miller should have no problems dispatching Browne in the first six rounds

Full card:

  • Jarrell Miller vs. Lucas Browne
  • Jono Carroll vs. Miguel Marriaga
  • Soslan Asbarov vs. Brandon Glanton
  • Samat Abdyrakhmanov vs. Nicolas David Veron
  • Kureysh Sagov vs. Ali Baloyev
  • Ruslan Fayfer vs. German Garcia Montes
  • Hasibullah Ahmadi vs. Dana Coolwell
  • Djamel Dahou vs. Allan Kamote
  • Abdul Khan vs. Jaskaran Singh
  • Artush Hovhannisyan vs. David Zegarra
  • Mikhail Tarabrin vs. Victor Hugo Exner

Pattinson vs Jenkins

Former British and Commonwealth champion Chris Jenkins may not have the crowd on his side against north-east hero Cyrus Pattinson in Newcastle, but the Welshman is in desperate need of a victory.

The last two years have been immensely punishing for the 34-year-old and not without good reason. His opponents have been just a level too high – unbeaten Ekow Essuman, two-belt welterweight king Florian Marku, and Belfast’s Tyrone McKenna.

He may have thought he had McKenna at his weakest, having seen the southpaw beaten by Jack Catterall, Ohara Davies and Regis Prograis within four years, but he still was too much for Jenkins.

Pattinson is closer to his level, with an impressive amateur career but limited experience as a pro with a record of 5-0 (3 KOs). Even so, he is the heavy favourite here, with the consensus that Jenkins’ best days are behind him.

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - AUGUST 06: Chris Jenkins inside the ring during his welterweight fight with Tyrone McKenna, at The SSE Arena Belfast on August 06, 2022 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank Inc via Getty Images)
Jenkins has suffered three defeats in his last four fights (Photo: Getty)
  • Date: Saturday 18 March
  • Venue: Utilita Arena, Newcastle, UK
  • Fight time: Ring walks for the main event are expected around 10pm UK time
  • TV/live stream: The fight will be shown on DAZN, where monthly subscriptions start from £9.99
  • Undercard highlights: One of Team GB’s Tokyo medallists Pat McCormack faces Italian journeyman Dario Socci and young British flyweight Maiseyrose Courtney is also worth keeping an eye on in just her second professional bout
  • i predicts: Pattinson to win by stoppage in the late rounds

Full card:

  • Cyrus Pattinson vs Chris Jenkins
  • Pat McCormack vs Dario Socci
  • Solomon Dacres vs Robert Ismay
  • Hopey Price vs Thomas Masson
  • Calum French vs Jordan Ellison
  • Mark Dickinson vs Ben Ridings
  • Muhammad Ali vs Sean Jackson
  • Maiseyrose Courtney vs Buchra El Quaissi
  • Adam Reichard vs Jahfieus Faure

Ramirez vs Rosado

Gabriel Rosado was once Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez’s sparring partner, but he is now his willing dance partner as he continues his journey back from a punishing defeat to Dmitry Bivol.

Southpaw Ramirez deserves credit for taking Bivol the distance, though with just over a 50 per cent KO ratio that is far from unheard of.

Rosado, meanwhile, is stepping up to light-heavyweight for the first time. He has been gradually moving up the weight classes since starting as a super welterweight and that leap could prove too much for him here.

Indeed the 37-year-old has suffered countless setbacks throughout his career, including 16 losses – though several have come against opponents of the highest calibre in Gennady Golovkin and Jermell Charlo.

Dmitry Bivol (R) competes with Gilberto Ramirez during their WBA Light-Heavyweight World Title boxing match at the Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi on November 5, 2022. (Photo by Ryan LIM / AFP) (Photo by RYAN LIM/AFP via Getty Images)
Ramirez lost his last outing to world champion Dmitry Bivol (Photo: Getty)
  • Date: Saturday 18 March
  • Venue: Walter Pyramid, Long Beach, USA
  • Fight time: Ring walks for the main event are expected around 3am UK time
  • TV/live stream: The fight will be shown on DAZN, where monthly subscriptions start from £9.99
  • Undercard highlights: Joseph Diaz is always an entertaining watch with some of his best performances at featherweight, but he has impressed at lightweight too, challenging Devin Haney for the WBC crown
  • i predicts: Ramirez to make his experience and size count and win by KO in the middle rounds

Full card:

  • Gilberto Ramirez vs. Gabriel Rosado
  • Joseph Diaz vs. Mercito Gesta
  • Oscar Duarte Jurado vs. Alex Martin
  • Eric Tudor vs. Damoni Cato-Cain
  • Patricio Manuel vs. Hien Huynh
  • Dalis Kaleiopu vs. Jonathan Perez
  • Jorge Chavez vs. Bryan Perez

Any other business

Tyson Fuy’s trainer SugarHill Steward has now landed in the UK, one of the best indicators yet that 29 April against Usyk really is a goer. The purse split and contract still need to be signed off.

Former world champion Adrien Broner is joining forces with promoter Don King. Having seen three fights fallen through, it’s hoped this will be the moment Broner is able to revive his career.

After splitting with Eddie Hearn following his decision to decline a fight with Bivol, British light-heavyweight Joshua Buatsi has signed with Boxxer

Canelo keeps up his tradition of fighting on Cinco de Mayo weekend and this time he will head home to Mexico – it’s a momentous moment for the career of British super-middleweight John Ryder, who no one is expecting to take the belts but who will earn a hugely lucrative and well-deserved payday.

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