BROOKLYN (June 18, 2014)— Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller is a certified two sport threat. A world-class kick boxer who will headline a SPIKE TV main event this weekend, as well as a blue-chip heavyweight prospect who wants to restore excitement to the region in the same manner as fellow Brooklyn natives Riddick Bowe and Mike Tyson.
Along the way, however, the 25-year-old Miller, who is backed by Dmitriy Salita’s Star of David Promotions, knows the importance of giving back, and keeping proper perspective. That’s why he has signed on to be a spokesman for The NephCure Foundation, a non-profit organization which seeks to work on helping develop treatments and potential cures for kidney disease, specifically targeting Nephrotic Syndrome and focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS), a cause of Nephrotic syndrome.
The 6-4, 255-pound Miller took time out for kickboxing training for his Glory 17 feature bout against legend Mirk Cro Cop, on Saturday, June 21(9 PM ET, SPIKE TV; from Los Angeles) to speak up about why he’s aligned with NephCure.
“As a professional athlete I feel blessed to fight on television, and I feel responsible to bring awareness to such important issues as kidney disease, as well as to make people aware and to find a cure,” Miller said. “I feel this is my responsibility, and more so since Nephrotic Syndrome is five times more likely to strike African-Americans.”
As a boxing pro, Miller’s primary aim is to build his 9-0-1 (9 KOs) record to the point where he can secure a title shot, and win a world title, which will help restore the reputation of the division which has long lacked American star power. Promoter Salita believes “Big Baby” has all the traits needed to step up to the biggest stages. “I see in him the hand speed, the power, the mobility, the ring smarts…all the traits needed to bring the heavyweight championship to Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller,” Salita said. “He is taking it step by step, and Star of David is proud to be associated with this young superstar to be.”
Miller wants to take care of some unfinished kickboxing business on Saturday, when he brings his 22-1 mark in with the Croatian sensation Cro Cop, who boasts a 22-8 record. They clashed last March, with the Croatian taking a disputed decision. Miller vows to obtain revenge.
Miller has been impressed with the focus and determination of the people affiliated with The NephCure Foundation, the Philly-based non-profit which is the only organization solely committed to seeking a cause and cure for Nephrotic Syndrome and FSGS. He’s asking his rooters to learn more about NephCure, which is comprised of patients, their families and friends, researchers, physicians and other healthcare professionals, and their aim to help science unlock the biological mechanisms that cause these serious conditions and ultimately find a way to cure and prevent them.