Las Vegas, NV (September 16) – Maynard Allison came into his six round match-up with Ladarius Miller with high hopes. Miller’s skill and experience quickly burst Allison’s bubble and left Allison Disappointed in a sixth round loss to the much more experienced Ladarius Miller.
Maynard Allison 5-1 (4 KO’s) came out sluggish against the southpaw Ladarius Miller 11-1 (2 KO’s). Miller established his right jab early controlling all of the action in the first round. Allison did find success in the second round using his feet to get inside of the renowned Mayweather shoulder roll used by Miller. Allison would dip and slide and continuously land to the body, but he did not do quite enough to win or control the rounds.
Miller continued to be calm, started to press his jab, and outworked Maynard Allison over the first four rounds. Miller’s work paid off in the fourth when he was able to catch Allison with an uppercut that forced Maynard to stagger forward and grab the hometown favorite Miller.
Rounds five and six were much of the same, but Allison showed the heart of a champion digging in and fighting back desperately trying to land a punch that could change the course of the night. It was too little too late as the early damage Miller did was enough to persuade the judges to give Ladarius a well earned six round UD win with scores of 60-54. 60-54, 60-54.
Ladarius Miller, who has tasted and recovered nicely from his pro defeat, did have encouraging words for Maynard Allison. “Maynard should take this as a learning experience and come back more focused than ever. He has some skill and made me think in the ring. North Carolina should support him, because he can come back.”
Maynard Allison, who was visibly disappointed, said everyone should know “I am coming back better than ever!”
By Chris Williams