By Jim Amato

He was called the ” Clown Prince “. He was a fighter who boxed out of Mansfield, Ohio. In a career that spanned from 1954 to 1971, Art ” Curley ” Miller engaged in 65 professional fights meeting the likes of Earnie Shavers and Ron Lyle. Miller was a entertaining boxer who took on anyone who would face him.

Miller started boxing in New York City and in his fourth fight he was on a card at Madison Square Garden. In 1958 he got his first taste of the big time in Detroit losing a decision to rugged Johnny Summerlin. Later that year at St. Nick’s Arena in New York he was halted by light heavyweight contender Tony Anthony. Miller suffered kayo losses in 1959 and 1960 to Von Clay.

After 1961 Art was out of the ring for four and a half years. When he returned in 1966 he was stopped in one round by heavyweight prospect Alvin ” Blue ” Lewis. From this point Miller’s record was very spotty with only an occasional victory. In 1968 he was taken out in four by Buffalo’s Vic Brown. Art lost a pair of decisions to a young, up and coming light heavyweight out of Cleveland named Billy ” Kelly ” Wagner. In 1969 he was stopped by hard hitting Frankie DePaula.

Miller would go on to lose to Dave Matthews. He lasted less then a round against the dynamite of Shavers. Then there were losses to Rufus Brassell and Leroy Caldwell. Art won and drew against the cagey Harold Carter. In 1971 he was stopped in five by Ron Lyle who was participating in only his second pro fight. Miller would win two of his last five fights and then hung them up for good in 1975.

Miller retired with a record of 24-38-2. He scored eleven knockouts.

Jim Amato

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