Hard work paying off as Miller prepares for the big time


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By Ray Hamill — Eureka’s Tyson Miller will make his final appearance as an amateur on Saturday night, before becoming the latest local MMA fighter to turn pro.

Miller, 21, will follow in the footsteps of his Institute of Combat teammate Cass Bell, who recently signed a multi-fight deal with Bellator, as well as the Cosce brothers, Orion and Louis, who are affiliated with the Lost Boys gym, also in Arcata.

In the meantime, the former Eureka High standout will turn his attention towards Dupra Goodman, his opponent on Saturday, with eyes on finishing his amateur career with a perfect 4-0 record.

After making weight on Friday for the 180-pound fight, Miller said he’s looking forward to the big showdown in San Francisco.

“I’m feeling good,” he said. “They’ve been pushing me super hard in the gym.”

Miller’s trainer John “Juan” Thompson feels the Eureka fighter will be ready for the challenge.

“Everything’s been going according to plan,” he said. “He’s had a good training camp and he’s super healthy.”

The trainer also feels Miller will make an impact in the pro ranks, and that his hard work and attention to detail is now paying big dividends.

“It’s his work ethic,” Thompson said. “He’s a real hard worker in the gym. He lives in the gym.

“He works on every aspect of his fights. He doesn’t miss anything. He just really wants to learn to get better.”

That work ethic has helped in more ways than one, and Thompson feels Miller has developed into a strong all-around fighter who doesn’t rely on any one strength.

“Whatever he needs to take it, he can do that,” the trainer said.

Miller is 3-0, having won his last fight with a first-round knockout and his previous two by submissions.

Saturday’s fight is hosted by the Dragon House gym and will be available for pay per view streaming through their website.

The fights get under way at 4 p.m.

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