After being on a roller coaster ride in booking his next fight, Anthony Joshua has finally found an opponent in Jarell Miller. Tyson Fury now claims he has destroyed AJ’s upcoming rival on a previous sparring session and sent him home packing after just one day.
The British heavyweight has officially announced an imminent showdown against Miller for his WBA, IBF and WBO titles at Madison Square Garden, New York on June 1. Joshua’s debut on American soil will be against a fighter Fury allegedly knocked down seven times on sparring.
IT’S OFFICIAL!! @anthonyfjoshua will make his American debut when he defends his WBA,WBO,IBF and IBO World heavyweight titles against @BIGBABYMILLER at the iconic @TheGarden June 1 live on @DAZN_USA and @SkySportsBoxing 🇬🇧🇺🇸🔥 pic.twitter.com/6CBQQHBPvN
— Eddie Hearn (@EddieHearn) February 13, 2019
Former world heavyweight champion Fury revealed that he once had an encounter with Miller inside the ring. Back in 2011, the 30-year-old said he hired the undefeated boxer as a sparring partner to work for him for at least two weeks.
“I was back home in Morecambe and I needed a sparring partner. The first person that sprang to mind was Jarrell Miller, I thought he’ll be good sparring for me,” Fury stated via The Sun.
“Obviously I wasn’t a world champion at the time, he came over to Morecambe and we sparred at a local gym.”
According to the Cheshire native, Miller was supposed to be in his training camp for two weeks. However, ‘Big Baby’ was only able to last a day sparring with Fury.
“I’m not going to go into too much detail, but I hired him for two weeks sparring, I ended up sending him back home after one-day sparring. I put him down seven times in the first spar and I sent him home packing back to the USA,” the former champ said.
AJ initially called out Deontay Wilder for a unification match but the ‘Bronze Bomber’ is set to rematch the ‘Gypsy King.’ The WBA, IBF and WBO titlist also tried signing up Fury and Dillian Whyte but was unsuccessful; resorting to a fourth choice which happened to be Miller.
For WBC heavyweight champion Wilder, Miller is not someone Joshua should box.
“He’s not a name that’s been developed in the market here so for me I don’t think it’s gonna be a great look for him because even Anthony’s not that known here in America,” Fury added.
“The people that does know him, they know about $50million, they know about the story of the $15million flat and why the fight is not happening.”
Despite this, Fury was more complimentary of the AJ vs Miller bout and says the latter is actually a nice person.
“So I don’t think they’re gonna accept it very well, but we’re gonna see. I think it’s a good fight. Two undefeated fighters and may the best man win,” said Fury.
“I’m not going to sit here and slag it off, it’s a great boxing fight, defending a world championship. Jarrell and I go way back to 2011, he is a nice fella – I’ve known him for a long time.
“I wish him all the very best in the fight but at the end of the day, I hope Anthony Joshua knocks him into next week because he’s a British lad and I hope he wins,” Fury added.
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