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Did you know that one of the top heavyweight contenders in the world is a Belizean? Unless, you're a true fight fan, you probably didn't, but Jarrell Miller, known as the Big Baby is on the verge of becoming a household name - and we don't just mean in Belize.

The WBA, the IBF and the WBO all rank him in the top five heavyweight contenders worldwide. Jarrell and his family are visiting Belize and we tracked him down to Bacab Waterpark today where we found out more about the boy who was born in Belize City - and migrated to Brooklyn, New York at the age of 6.

But, first we got the introduction from his buddy, and traveling companion, world famous ring announcer, David Diamante.

David Diamante
"Introducing first, fighting on the red corner, wearing the southern black trunks, he weighed in at already 275 pounds. His professional record a perfect one. Twenty fights, twenty victories, 18 coming by way of knock out. Fighting out of Brooklyn New York by way of Belize. Ladies and gentlemen please welcome Jarrell "Big Baby" Miller."

"Do you feel like your home?"

Jarrell Miller
"All the time, as soon as I get off of the plane it's like this relief off my shoulder and I'm just relaxed."

David Diamante
"I see Jarrell in the top 10 of the sport without a doubt. I think he is right there. I think right now the heavy weights are so exciting. Obviously Joshua and Wilder is the fight that everyone wants to see but a lot of people are talking about Big Baby as they should be. Jarrell can hit and he knows how to fight."

"Tell me what you feel is your comparative advantage in the ring?"

Jarrell Miller
"Size is only just a part of it. Being me and being able to carry and maneuver my weight is definitely an attribute that's in my favor. I've been big for so long that I don't seem as big as people think I am. Salbutes and Panades has finally paid off. So people can't see the disadvantage but heavy weights from the early days compared to know were way bigger and way different. Guys that were fighting were over 6' 8" but trying to be 260. I feel like it hinders more than anything because you really have to maneuver at a weight that you're normal at. So if you're walking around 270, training at 270 and come down gradually. But guys walk around with 272 and come down at 250 when it's time to fight, you're actually making yourself weaker. So my goal is actually to be 10-20 lbs. a little bit heavier than what I fight at and stay to just maintain it. So coming down from my last fight at 280 was really for the media per say because I fought 290 than how I fought before at 280-275 and I didn't feel as great as I did. I still got to win but it makes us go back to the drawing board and figuring out where we went wrong and fixing those things. Being big and eating journey cake for breakfast is what I need and what's been getting me there and getting me these wins and staying true to my roots. The main thing is being heavy at world champion. That's the number one goal and one of my goals in the near future, I have a lot of respect and I look up to Honorable Prime Minister Dean Barrow. I really want to get the help of the government and open up two locations of gyms. One in the inner city of Belize City where the kids can come and train and see me train, and train together. It's going to help bring the youths off the street and giving them a purpose. As well as opening a second location probably in Placencia or San Pedro which is a little more isolated and away from distraction so when I'm training these multi-million dollar fights I have somewhere to train. Wherever I go the cameras follow me, and I want to do it in Belize where I'm doing my full training camp. It's going to be a short time where I'm going to come here, bring more attraction, bring tourism and more economic stability in our country. Me being African American, also in Belize is my number one priority. This should not only change my future and my family but also the kids and the people of Belize. So I feel like showing people, 'oh he's American', I'm from Brooklyn, I can turn up, that's where I'm from. But I'm also a Belizean at the same time, I can lay back and be cool in the water, but don't [#%!] me off."

Jarrell is on vacation with his Belizean wife and son - as well as Diamante. His next fight on HBO Boxing is in April. You can hear more of his interview on tomorrow's news. Later this week, he will be doing some motivational speaking for over 100 of the Belmopan Police youth cadets.

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Jarrell, From Belize to Brooklyn Was Tough

Last night we had part one of our interview with Jarrell Big Baby Miller - the #2 ranked contender for the world heavyweight title - who's also a proud Belizean.  In part two of our interview, Miller talks about growing up in Belize City - and then migrating to Brooklyn, New York at the age of 6.  He says the transition was a sharp and tough learning curve:…

Growing Up: Belize vs. Brooklyn

Jarrell Miller - World Heavyweight Contender

"You could see the difference in poverty line depending on, you know, where you live and where you stay at and how your family, you know, the way they move. In Belize it's a lot more different. It's like you know, you might feel you're poor, but you don't feel it inside you know emotionally, because you know all your family's together, you eat dinner together, you go to school together, your cousin down the block, your aunty down the block, everybody have fun, you know, it's a different vibe, when you're on an island, or when you're in a Caribbean country, but like in New York, it's totally different, you have to take trains, you have to take buses, you have food stamps....and emotionally it changes kids.  Kids act differently when they come to the states from when you live in Belize, and you know it taught me a lot, but it made me kind of like hard at the same. Kind of like an M & M, soft on the outside, but hard on the outside, yeah.

Always Knew Boxing Was The Thing

Jarrell Miller

"Even since I was four or five years old, I've always known I was gonna box.  Always known I was gonna box.  But I got into kickboxing.  But I didn't know when I was gonna start to box. I just knew that I always loved to fight, but I didn't when that was gonna happen and kickboxing was the start of it."

David Diamante - Ring Announcer

"He was a big kid with a big heart and Jarrell, he's always had a great attitude, and he's always worked hard, and he's been really tough. I've seen, I've announced a lot of his fights, so I got to see him progress and grow as a fighter and as a man. And I just watched him grow, and he's had some really big fights and he's really grown, and now he's one of the top heavyweights in the world."

"Jarrell's been fighting for a long time, so he's seen a lot of things. Jarrell's dangerous and I think they know that, and that's why it's going to be a little bit hard for him to get that big fight, because he's dangerous and they might be scared that, you know, they're going to lose the strap to a guy like him. But I see him as world champion, without a doubt."

A Belizean In Brooklyn

Jules Vasquez

"You live a fairly regular life for a Belizean American, apart from the fact that you are a world class fighter. Explain to me how you carry that with you, that Belizean-ness, it's in you."

Jarrell Miller

"Yeah, for sure, because I was raised around my family, who's mostly Belizean, you know, so it's like down the block it's my Aunt Marion, who's literally a mile away, and then my other uncle and aunt is two miles away, you know. I got my momma who is still in Queens, who is about four or five miles away, So my family is not that far from me, which I'm lucky to have. So should anything, God forbid, happen, I can always get a plate of food down the block."

Love Affair With Belizean Food

Jarrell Miller

"So I think being big and eating Johnny cake for breakfast is what I need and that's what's been getting me there and getting me these wins and staying true to my roots."

Jules Vasquez

"When you came to Belize, when you landed on Sunday what was the first thing you wanted to eat?"

Jarrell Miller

"Actually, I wanted meatpie but we got Chiney Fired Chicken, Friendship, you know, we gone lick off two plate of that real quick. You know we go to chiney man shop and grab some lee groceries and candies and snack, you know. Things you can't find. We had the gibnut too. Yeah, I forgot about the gibnut! They call me the King rat eater, now (laughs)."

Not Becoming "The Broke Boxer"

Jarrell Miller

"I opened up my first martial arts school when I was 20, and I'm on my second one now, I started at 27, which is in Astoria, Queens, New York.  And my next goal is investing in a lot of property and land and working on a real estate, land kind of thing in New York right now.  But also investing in Belize. You know, there are some things that I've seen that I feel like can make money but also give back to the people of Belize as well too, which I'm looking into. I feel that every cheque that I get, you put some aside, you have a little fun with and you invest some of it. Every cheque you have to do that. Because eventually you know, I can't fight forever, so next thing is, you know, maybe I might harvest coconut water, you never know, you know?"

David Diamante

"And, he's a smart guy, you listen to him he has a lot to say and I love that about him, so when I hear him it makes me proud. Big up to you on that one."

Jarrell's Message For Kids

David Diamante

"You know, Jarrell, he's got a big heart as far as a fighter, but he also has a big heart as far as giving.  And it's a really big part of his program that he wants to give back."

Jarrell Miller

"And the main thing is just having faith, and going towards your goals, doesn't matter if I sold coconut water today, you might have to sell coconut water tomorrow. The main thing is to stay focused and believe in yourselfand try to surround yourself with kids that admire and have same views as you because if you have one kid that likes to smoke and drink that's a far away from your goals, so hang out with the other kid selling coconut water that has ambition and you have a goal in mind and the main thing is having faith and believing in god because anything is possible when you have god but if not you gonna be sorry, so believe."

Miller is in Belize with his family on vacation.  World renowned Ring Announcer David Diamante is accompanying him. They are being hosted by his brother in law, City Councillor Jason Edwards - who is showing him the sights.

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"Big Baby" Meets The Little Kids

On Wednesday we showed you our final installment in our interview with Belizean Jarrell Big Baby Miller - the #2 ranked contender for the world heavyweight title. He has certainly made a name for himself on the international boxing scene and today he shared his the story of his journey with Belmopan youth. I was there to meet him and here is that story.

Courtney Weatherburne, reporting
Jarrell "Big Baby Miller"- he is quite comfortable in the boxing ring - pounding on his opponents and knocking them out, 18 of the 20 he's faced so far.

But today, Miller transformed the Belmopan Civic Center stage into his ring; taking on a willing sparring partner.

Now the Civic is no MGM Grand or Madison Square Garden but his audience, like the tens of thousands that pay to see him, were equally eager to meet him today on his countrywide tour.

Jarrell "Big Baby" Miller, World Heavyweight Contender
"Well so far I have been in Belmopan for a couple of days, I went to San Pedro, I was in the city. We still have to hit Dangriga and Placencia before we leave."

But today's visit was more than just showing off boxing moves.

Courtney Weatherburne, reporter
"What is the main message and of course how they can use some of the basic principles in boxing in their everyday life as youth?"

Jarrell "Big Baby" Miller, World Heavyweight Contender
"The main thing is be steadfast which means you keep your chin down, hands up and keep moving forward because you are going to take hits in life as you take in the ring but you know champions don't quit, you can't quit, you might have a hard round, a hard day, a hard week and a hard year but the main goal is staying focused and success will come once you have a game plan."

For some of these kids, this experience was all about being in the presence of an international boxer, a celebrity but hopefully for others, Miller's success story as a Belizean will inspire them to work hard toward their dreams.

Supt. Howell Gillett, O. C, Belmopan Police Station
"This is one of the biggest days in the life of Belmopan police and we are so happy for Jarrell to have been here with us and the kids as you have seen they are very excited. We are so happy to have him listening to his story and it is inspiring and very motivational."

"We are hopeful that the content of his speech will linger in the minds of the young people for many years to come."

250 kids from 12 villages near Belmopan attended today's event. Miller returns to New York on Monday - but that all depends on how the blizzard on the East Coast holds up. Miller says he has an upcoming fight probably at the end of March on HBO, so you can look out for that. He plans to return to Belize and open two gyms - one in Belize City and another on San Pedro or in Placencia.

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Undefeated Heavyweight Boxing Contender Comes Home

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