By Daniel Davenport
On October 20th Josh Miller steps through the ropes in, what has the potential to be, a great fight against a fellow unbeaten fighter in Jake Haigh. We decided to get an insight into the career of Josh Miller ahead of up and coming show on Errol Johnson’s BCB card.
I started by asking Josh a bit about his background and influence.
“I’m from the Wrens nest estate in Dudley. Boxing has been in the family a lot, my great-grandfather was a bare-knuckle champion from Northern Ireland so it seemed natural for me to take up boxing.”
What was your amateur career like?
“I had 18 amateur fights & won the West Midlands title and a central England title. I find that I’m more adjusted to the pro game because my style suits it down to the ground.”
Many boxers have a favourite fighter, who is yours?
“I have always tried to mirror my style on that of Juan Manuel Marquez and the great Joe Calzaghe with the fast combination punching. They are both my idols!”
Looking for sponsorship can be hard for a boxer on small hall shows. How have you found getting sponsors on board?
“My sponsors help me out a great deal and make all of this possible. I am currently sponsored by Unique oldies, The Old Glass House and Himley Fencing. They have all been a massive help in my career.”
In boxing, a good corner are worth their weight in gold. Who are the people in your corner?
“I have a great relationship with my trainer, Rich Ghent. Me and Rich go back to the days at Priory Park when I was an amateur. He cornered me for some of those fights and I fully believe in Rich and his abilities as a coach. Also, Rob Wright brings a lot of experience to the table and Ian Turner is also a big influence in the camp.”
As well as the corner team, every fighter needs a promoter to look after them and Josh has one of the best, he explains.
“I am managed by Errol Johnson and I’m in a good place with Errol. He is in the top 10 promoters in the country and has produced some great fighters as well as getting us some great opportunities!”
I finished by asking Josh about his current training camp and his unbeaten opponent.
“This camp has gone well, as expected. I’m always in the gym ticking over and ready to go at any point so when I was presented with this opportunity, I fully intended to take it. Jake Haigh is a good fighter and is trained by the great Ricky Hatton! We are both undefeated and these are the fights that I want to be in to test my skills. I think it makes for a great fight. I fully intend to take the fight to him. You are going to see the best version of me on the night!”
This has the makings of a very close contest between two unbeaten fighters and all credit to both of them.
To buy tickets for this show, please call Josh on 07444976562.