The build-up for the Anthony Joshua vs Jarrell Miller fight has kicked off, and both boxers have been going back and forth during media scrums.
The pair have been booked to lock horns in an intriguing heavyweight clash on June 1 at the Madison Square Garden in New York, which will serve as the British boxing champion’s debut in the US soil.
Joshua will put his IBF, WBO, WBA, IBO belts on the line against his undefeated challenger while also trying to make an impact and gain more fans in his first boxing bout in the States.
Last week, AJ and “Big Baby” started their fight’s four-month campaign on a sizzling note as they starred in a violent face-off in New York before Miller questioned the current champion’s strength, accusing him of using performance-enhancing drugs.
Now on the second leg of their media tour, Joshua dismissed Miller’s claim and vowed to “reconstruct” his opponent’s face in their fight this June.
Earlier this month, Anthony Joshua announced that he would be fighting Jarrell Miller on June 1 for his next title-defence bout, following a successful title-retention bid against Alexander Povetkin in September.
On Monday, during a pre-fight press conference in London, “Big Baby” dropped a malicious claim against Joshua, accusing him of using banned substances without evidence.
“I study every opponent. My dad was a bodybuilder growing up; you can see it.”
“I look at someone and I say, he’s on steroids. Anybody who comes out of the amateurs at 220lbs and then is 240lbs in a year, there’s something wrong with that picture.”
“I study every opponent. My dad was a bodybuilder growing up; you can see it. I look at someone and I say, he’s on steroids.”
“Anybody who comes out of the amateurs at 220lbs and then is 240lbs in a year, there’s something wrong with that picture.”
“Now, if you look at his stature, while he’s staying at this higher level, his physique has kinda shrunk.”
“We’ve both got contracts in place where we’re protected and the proper testing is going to be taking place, but it’s written clear as day,” Miller continued.
Interestingly, it was Miller who had a history of using performance-enhancing drugs. While he remains clean as a boxer, the undefeated American tested positive on a banned substance called dimethylamylamine during his Muay Thai and kickboxing career.
For this offence, he was served with a nine-month suspension and a fine of $2500.
“Nobody could have put on 20-pounds between winning the Olympics and his first pro fight the way Joshua did without taking something. Impossible. We’ve busted our balls to get full testing for 10 weeks to make sure he’s clean before June 1,” Jarrell told the press.
Joshua shrugged off Miller’s mind game as he quickly and calmly responded on his PED allegations, saying that he is taking it as a compliment on his dedication and strength.
“I take that as a compliment to all my dedication and strength and power training.”
“If I was on steroids as well I wouldn’t fit in this shirt. He’s talking bull. At the London Olympics, I was around 104 kilos and then weighed 107 kilos for my first pro fight the next year.”
“What’s that, just half a stone with pro training? And he’s only talking about one year.”
“What about the 11 years I’ve been boxing since I was 18.”
“I’m now 115 kilos so that’s averaging just one kilo more a year. And that’s down to how hard I work and live.”
“To all the strength and stamina training and weight-lifting. To how I control everything I eat and how I dedicate myself to boxing.”
“It’s my life. It’s pretty much all I do. And it’s expensive, the food and the drink and the lifestyle.”
😬 Anthony Joshua declares that he will be Jarrell Miller’s “surgeon” on June 1st and intends to “reconstruct his face.” pic.twitter.com/SK04hOTaNT
— Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) February 25, 2019
He then vowed to act as surgeon on June 1 as he aims to strip Miller’s soul and reconstruct his face.
“All that spirit that this boy’s got over there – talking s*** – I’mma strip it from him.”
“I’mma strip him of his soul in that ring.”
“Look at his face, I’m gonna reconstruct his face on June 1 and I’m really looking forward to the challenge.”
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