(TFL) In April we video interviewed DJ Miller after his KO loss to Adam Edgerton. Shortly after, DJ was booked for a rematch scheduled for June 1st. And DJ, like the terminator, returning to the ring for more, is one guy that just won’t stay down.
DJ, tell us how it went?
(DJ Miller) The event was even better then the last, but I knew there was a different outcome in the air. Instead this time, we were the red corner and we weren’t the last fight. I didn’t return the KO like how I wanted to, but I did give 5 rounds of my passion and fury.
(TFL) Tell us about your training?
(DJ Miller) I mixed up my training with some other gym affiliates that are a part of our lineage of Sidthilaw Muay Thai, (Bonafyde MMA). There I learned how to utilize my hands and defend against hands a lot more by head striking coach Chris Beasley.
(TFL) How much time have you been putting in at the gym?
(DJ Miller)Between fitness training, running, sprinting and class its self I was putting at least four hours a day in the gym to prepare for this rematch
(TFL) That’s a lot of time spent away from your friends and family…
(DJ Miller) It is, but my friends and family understands and fully supports my cause. Without them this wouldn’t be possible.
(TFL) Would you care to give us a recap on the fight?
(DJ Miller) The fight was intense, but I knew something was up when AJ didn’t kick off the fight right after the glove touch, (aggressive) like he always does. It confused me initially, but I realized he was making a HUGE mistake because it gave me a chance to find my rhythm, as my traditional Thai style calls for.
Since I studied the first footage and was aware of what was coming from him, I decided to stay in the pocket of his combos, absorb his strikes and fire back twice is hard. Bring him into the clinch as often as possible and utilize my push kicks. When AJ got the opportunity knock me stupid with his punches, which he did (Laughs), I kept listening to Haycraft in his corner, saying “hands. Hands. hands! There’s the uppercut again! Set it up!” and behind my shielding gloves I was smiling and thinking to myself, “I don’t think so! Not this time!” and I defended intelligently.
(TFL) being an honest and sportsmen guy that Adam is, I quote Adam, “tonight I got schooled” how does that feel?
(DJ Miller) It’s very honoring, for someone of Adam’s level to say I schooled him. I think the term ‘schooled’ may have been a bit overkill, because in no way was that an easy fight. I popped three ibuprofen pills right after I got backstage (Laughs). Adam is a great fighter and performed amazingly, but that night he faced me while I was fighting with the pride of Thailand, and the spirit of Hanuman.
(TFL) How does it feel having that gold strap?
(DJ Miller) I never really had a fixation with belts; titles will be titles to me. What matters most to me, is what I accomplished in the ring. As I said in the last interview, I am a bit green in this weight class, so it does feel great to achieve this status in the junior middleweight division.
What happened was, I woke up and realized who I was. I’m not someone you KO with ease. It’s as simple as that. I just let it all go, and started to believe. That was how the 1st fight should have gone.
(TFL) Considering you guys are 1-1, is there a chance of one final bout to settle the score?
(DJ Miller) StriKing started taking about a 3rd fight, the night we fought (Laughs), so there definitely will be one. I know Adam will come harder and stronger, and I will do the same. When it comes to motivation, there was one thing Haycraft mentioned that really got me in the zone. After our 1st fight Eric and my instructor Rocky were talking about it and he said, “If that’s how DJ fights when he’s spooked, I’d hate to see him on a good day!” Well, June 1st was it!