At 6 feet, 4 inches, and 230 pounds, Jeremiah Milton is an impressive figure. In the ring, he’s downright intimidating. Just ask his opponents.
This 25-year-old super heavyweight recently fought his way to the top level of amateur boxing, landing one win shy of a spot on USA Boxing’s Elite Men’s National Team and a shot at the 2020 Olympics.
After finishing second in his weight division at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Lake Charles, Louisiana, in December, Milton still faced a “box-off” in January with the No. 1-ranked fighter in his class, Richard Torrez Jr., to make the National Team.
Although Milton lost that fight, effectively closing the doors on his Olympic dream, he still has plenty to look forward to in the new year.
In January the 2012 Nathan Hale graduate turned professional, signing a managerial agreement with Victory Sports and Entertainment, known for its work with two-time world champion Badou Jack. At press time, Milton was a promotional free agent and was looking to sign with a major promoter before his pro debut.
Milton’s personal life also is about to get a lot more interesting as he prepares to be a first-time father. He and his girlfriend are expecting a child in late March.
“You talk about one of the biggest challenges, and I haven’t even seen him yet,” Milton laughs. “It’s rewarding. It’s going to be a great thing.”