Saturday, 16 February, 2019

Heavyweight champ Anthony Joshua to make U.S. debut against Jarrell Miller

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Cary Erickson | 14 February, 2019, 07:39

The world heavyweight champion will make his American boxing debut when he defends his WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO titles against Jarrell Miller at Madison Square Garden in NY on June 1.

Given Fury's success in his first world title fight since his remarkable comeback, the undefeated Brit will earn a considerably larger payday for the second bout.

The time has come to head across the Atlantic and defend my heavyweight titles in the USA.

This isn't the first time Fury was paid less than Joshua, and considering it was only a year after his fight with the Ukrainian in 2015, it makes you wonder why. The 29-year-old now holds the WBA (Super), IBP, WBO, and IBO titles and is best known for his 11th-round TKO of Wladimir Klitschko in April 2017.

Joshua is not only coming across the pond, but he will do so to fight in the hometown of the Brooklyn-born Miller. In his bout against Dinu in November, Miller tipped the scales at 315 ¼ pounds. "He wants to announce himself on the American stage but all he's doing is delivering me those belts by hand".

Miller (23-0-1, 20 KOs), has been calling for a British scalp ever since he went face-to-face with Joshua during a heated exchange at the launch of DAZN's streaming service in the U.S.in July a year ago, and the undefeated 300lbs giant is promising to turn AJ's American dream into a living nightmare as he looks to announce himself on the biggest stage of all. It's dog-eat-dog in the ring and this dog has got a bigger bite.

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"Jarrell is still an unknown fighter here in America".

'The public demand was for the Wilder or Fury fight, but with those set for a rematch ordered by the WBC we were left with the options of Dillian Whyte or Big Baby Miller. He'll be leaving NY empty-handed.

Huge news for him - no doubt about it. He can expect a similar atmosphere because thousands of his British fans are expected to travel to NY for the fight.

"AJ has created an incredible "Lion's Den" atmosphere in the United Kingdom and we plan to bring that energy to NY", said Joshua's promoter, Eddie Hearn.

Gary Lineker was far from pleased with the dates, though, as a a fight at Madison Square Garden has always been a dream, but he won't be able to attend because of the Champions League final. There will be a significant public demand for the winners to fight each other for the undisputed title, especially if Joshua and Wilder emerge with their titles intact.