Ladarius Miller W10 Dennis Galarza... Lightweight Ladarius Miller (17-1, 5 KOs) won a competitive unanimous decision over Dennis Galarza (16-4, 9 KOs) in a Premier Boxing Champions event Friday at Sam's Town in Las Vegas. The 25-year-old Miller (17-1, 5 KOs) earned a unanimous decision, by way too wide scores of 99-91, 97-93, and a fair 96-94 margin.
There wasn’t much to separate the two, but perhaps the judges favored the stiff left hook that Miller landed regularly. The two 135 pounders fought at a frigid pace mostly off their back foot. Miller took the lead more often than Galarza (16-4, 9 KOs). Galarza’s level of activity made it hard to find rounds to score in his favor, but Miller wasn’t that much more effective. Still, it’s Miller who steps closer towards serious contention whereas Galarza has now dropped two straight fights.
Miller dug some good left hooks to the body of Galarza and seemed to build an early lead, but Galarza came on in the middle rounds once he began to time his opponent's offense. Still, Galarza rarely strung together combinations, trying to win rounds by landing one big punch here and there.
Galarza popped a good jab, but was still out-jabbed by Miller, who had an edge in handspeed. Miller also hid behind his shoulder and flashed good head movement that made him a difficult target to hit.
“Galarza’s height was definitely difficult to deal with and I had to really work to get on the inside,” Miller said. “He tried to use his range and I had to make adjustments. I tried to keep him off balance and fight my fight.”
Miller was tripped to the canvas in the ninth round but it was correctly ruled a slip. There was quite a bit of holding throughout, making for an ugly fight at times.
One of the proteges of his promoter Floyd Mayweather Jr., Miller has now won eight straight fights dating back to a six-round decision loss to Rolando Chinea in February 2016 in the same location as Friday night's fight—Sam’s Town.
"Galarza's height was definitely difficult to deal with and I had to really work to get on the inside. He tried to use his range and I had to make adjustments. I tried to keep him off balance and fight my fight."
Galarza's work rate began to increase with Miller's upped aggressiveness as he found success with his jab and countering some of the movement Miller flashed. In a fight that appeared close throughout, Miller's speed and effective straight left hands, combined with counter right hooks, gave him the decision in the eyes of the judges.
"I fought a tough opponent but I felt like I went in there and did what I was supposed to do," said Miller. "I thought I controlled the fight the way I wanted to, but it wasn't my best performance. I know that I can come back even better.
"I'm ready to keep testing myself and move forward," said Miller. "I'm ready for any opportunity that comes my way against the best of the division." source: pbc