Jarrell Miller wasn’t sure he’d ever kick box again. After losing a controversial decision to legendary kick boxer and MMA fighter Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic last March in the Croation’s home town of Zagreb, Miller went back to professional boxing.
And, though he badly wanted another crack at Cro Cop, the American never thought he’d get the chance to beat him more convincingly. That all changed when the former Pride title challenger had originally scheduled Glory 17 opponents pull out of a fight with him this weekend.
Miller, fresh off a boxing win, got the call to fly from his home of New York, to LA and rematch Cro Cop in the star’s kickboxing American debut. Though Miller hadn’t fought a kickboxing bout in nearly a year and a half, he didn’t hesitate to accept.
“It I about getting revenge,” he tells Cagewriter.
“We all saw what happened in the first fight. He got the gift decision in his home town.”
Miller certainly feels that he deserved the decision against Cro Cop in the finals of that Grand Prix tournament in Croatia last year, but the American boxer also knows there’s ways in which he could have, and will be Saturday, better.
“I’m going to keep the pressure on and stay calm,” he says.
“And I’m going to enjoy the fact that we won’t be in a tournament. I can focus all my energy on one fight, one guy, and I’m going to bring it. It’s going to be hell on Saturday.”