Nate ‘Mister’ Miller, Former WBA Cruiserweight Champ Unbeatable In Philly
Interview by Ken Hissner (April 30, 2008) Doghouse Boxing  
I recently met Nate 'Mister' Miller, 31-9 (27), at the legendary Blue Horizon. He looked like he could step back into the ring today! The former WBA cruiserweight champ who went 22-0 in Philly rings had some interesting things to say.

KEN HISSNER: Nate, what kind of amateur background did you have?

NATE MILLER: I was the Pennsylvania 1986 state champion, and turned pro that year.

KH: Who were your trainer and manager?

I was trained by Eugene Pearson and Stan Williams. Williams also managed me.

KH: You won your first 13 fights and had some good competition. You beat former amateur champs Dawud Shaw and Woody Clark. Most of your fights were in Philly, including over a dozen at the Blue Horizon.

Yes, I was 22-0 in Philly. I had more than half of them at the Blue.

KH: Your first fight out of town was really out of town in France. It was also your first loss. You fought France’s Boubaker Sanogo (7-2-1 at the time) in October of 1988.

I had a point deducted in the third round and lost by a point.

KH: You returned to Philly and start a five-fight winning streak over some good opponents like Bert Cooper (20-3), Andre McCall (14-3-1) and Michael Greer (41-10-3).

I won the NABF title in stopping Cooper. In the McCall fight, I had my jaw broken in the third round. I hung in there and stopped him in the 7th.

KH: You would then lose your NABF title to James Warring (10-1) who would win the vacant IBF cruiserweight title in his next fight.

I was down in the first round and was seeing stars for the remainder of the fight.

KH: You lost that fight by one and two points probably due to your knockdown. You came back and got a USBA title bout with future IBF champ Al Cole (16-1).

NM: Oh yeah, Al Cole. He had that herkey-jerkey style of his. That was our first fight.

KH: You score a couple of seventh round knockouts including previously unbeaten Jade Scott (14-1). Then you are matched with former WBA cruiser champ Dwight Qawi (39-9-1) at the Blue Horizon.

He moved like a bee. I couldn’t catch up with him though winning the decision.

KH: After winning 5 straight you meet Al Cole again, but for his IBF title this time.

Yes and the outcome was the same. I lost another 12 round decision.

KH: That was in July of 1994. You score a couple knockouts and win the title stopping Orlin Norris (48-5), in London for his WBA title in July of 1995.

It was jubilation like you never felt before.

KH: You make four successful title defenses in 1996 and 1997, all by knockout. In November of 1997 you lose your title on a close decision to Frenchman Fabrice Tiozzo (37-1), the former WBC light heavyweight champ.

This fight was in Las Vegas and two of the judges had it by two points (Judge Fernando Viso had Tiozzo ahead by six points).

KH: You lose in a rematch with Orlin Norris for the IBA super cruiserweight title and to Thomas Hearns (58-4-1) for the IBO cruiserweight title. The Hearns match was in the UK.

Hearns had a hard jab. We had trouble getting paid in the UK but did.

KH: Next fight is in Philly at Fairmont Park stopping Exum Speight in the first.

That promoter never paid me.

KH: In March of 2000, you go to Denmark and lose to Tue Bjorn Thomsen (18-0).

There was no way I was going to get a decision over there.

KH: Your last fight was in Italy losing to Vincenzo Rossitto (19-0) in 10 rounds. This brings your final record to 31-9, with 27 knockouts, and never stopped.

Once again, a fight I never got paid for. Overall, I had a good time in the game.

KH: Have you ever had any plans to train fighters?

Next month in Bristol (Pennsylvania) The Warriors Gym will be adding boxing to their Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Pat Sabatini is the owner and his son Pat, Jr., a world champion, will run the gym. I will be brought in to teach boxing. I look forward to it.

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