Sunday, April 6, 2014

Freddie Miller...The Cincinnati Wizzard

Freddie Miller is one of the more underrated world champions of his time. He was a very skilful boxer, who made excellent use of his southpaw jab. Miller was not a big puncher, but a slick and quick, craftsman. During his career, Miller met the top featherweights of the day, including Bushy Graham, Battling Battalino, Alberto ‘Baby’ Arizmendi, Speedy Dado, Petey Sarron, Chalky Wright, Sammy Angott and Panama Al Brown. At a time when boxers were far busier than they are now, Miller was one of the busiest, fighting 247 times in his 13 year career. Miller was also a true globe traveling fighter; his career spanning America and Europe, as he fought as often as he could, usually against top liners. Miller turned professional at the age of 16-years-old and within a few years, he was boxing top opposition. In his first two years fighting, Miller built up a 58-1-1 record.

In his first shot at the World featherweight title on July 23, 1931, Miller was out-pointed by Battling Battalino over 10 rounds. The two men met again for the world title six months later, this time the fight was declared a no-contest after 3 rounds, when both men, who were stablemates, failed to satisfy the referee that they were trying to fight. When Battalino vacated the world title a few months later, because of weight issues, Freddie Miller won recognition from the NBA as World featherweight champion when he out-pointed Tommy Paul for the vacant world title, in Chicago on January 13,1933. Miller won general recognition as World featherweight champion when he defeated the British champion Nel Tarlton on points in England, in 1934. 

Miller was a busy world champion, making 10 defences of his title, all over the world, and engraining in 88 fights in all, from 1933 to 1936, going 78-9-1.

Miller finally lost his world title when he was out-pointed by Petey Sarron on May 11, 1936, over 15 rounds. Miller tried to regain his title from Sarron on September 4, 1937, but was again beaten on points, this time over 12 rounds.

Miller continued to box for another two years, his form slipping as his punishing career finally took its toll, and after he was knocked out by Herschel Joiner in 8 rounds, Miller announced his retirement. The Joiner defeat was the only time that Miller had been stopped throughout his career. Miller’s final record was 208(45koes)-31-8.
Miller was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1997.

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1 comment:

  1. He was my sons great granddads friend. Tiger Smith from England he had been in many of match with him.