From Big Country to Big Brother, Dillon Carman sets sights on Mladen Miljas
It’s been nearly 12 months since we’ve seen Mississauga’s Dillon Carman (12-2) in action, but that doesn’t mean the 31-year-old hasn’t been working on his boxing career.
While not in the ring, he’s appeared on reality television program Big Brother, and previously Dragon’s Den, which he says was done in the interest of growing his fan base and helping the sport become more mainstream in Canada.
On Friday, Dec. 1, Carman will be looking to deliver a little reality of his own. The Global Legacy fighter's Canadian heavyweight championship will be on the line in Niagara Falls when he takes on Mladen Miljas (7-0), one of the rising young heavyweights on Canada’s fight scene.
“Honestly, I don't think ring rust affects me very much. I feel better than I have in a long, long time,” Carman said. “To be quite honest, I think Eric Martel Bahoeli (11-7-1) than this next kid.”
It’s an intentionally provocative statement from the confident champion, one he’s hoping will mess with his young opponent’s mindset. Carman has been a professional boxing since 2011 and is hoping that experience will help guide him through his eight-round bout with ‘The Monster’.
Miljas is still a mystery to many, having only competed seven times as a professional and only having 12 rounds of professional boxing experience. His amateur experience is also limited, leading many to wonder if he’ll have the boxing smarts to hang with Carman, who has shared the ring with some of Canada’s top heavyweights, including Bahoeli, who he knocked out in seven rounds.
“He's a big guy, he comes in shape, but he just doesn't have the experience,” Carman said of Miljas. “His experience is lacking, I don't feel his lateral movement or footwork are very good. He has seven wins and seven KO's, we're talking cab drivers from Mexico that he's fighting. He's never been in the ring with someone like me.”
He’s right; None of Miljas’ opponents can measure up to the quality of a fighter like Carman. That’s not to say that Miljas can’t beat higher opposition, just that he hasn’t.
“Show me some respect, I'm nobody's stepping stone,” Carman said. “They need to be taking this fight seriously, this is the fight of his life.”
We’ll find out on December 1 who’s a stepping stone and who will be sent back to the proverbial drawing board.