Joseph Parker has had his say on the controversial confrontation between Anthony Joshua and Jarrell Miller in New York earlier this week.
British heavyweight champion Joshua and his next challenger Alexander Povetkin were on stage promoting DAZN, who have acquired the rights to broadcast the fight, when the uninvited Miller lurked behind the two, hurling insults towards the heavyweight champion.
Miller, who has recently joined Eddie Hearn's stable of fighters, stood behind AJ for long periods taunting and throwing insults towards him. AJ eventually reacted and it resulted in a face-off and angry words being exchanged.
The nature of the comments certainly didn’t go down well with AJ, who has since gone on record to say that it wasn’t a publicity stunt saying: “It certainly wasn’t staged or some WWE thing but Miller is not on my radar. Miller is welcome but I would prefer stiff competition.”
Joseph Parker, who was beaten by Joshua in March, has joined other boxers and pundits, including British heavyweight legend Lennox Lewis in expressing his distaste at Miller’s actions.
Although creating a bit of hype is part of the job, Parker feels Miller crossed the line when he brought Joshua's family into the matter.
Commenting on the unsavoury scenes Parker told Boxing News: “I think he stooped too low. I saw that Lennox Lewis said, when you say stuff like that, if I was champion and you said something about my mum, I wouldn’t even let you fight.
“I think everyone agrees when you bring parents into it, it's different.
“If someone talked about my parents I would feel the same, I would be very angry. If it's Joshua and Povetkin, you should leave it there.”
Joshua himself has also had a bit of time to reflect on the incident, which reportedly continued backstage after the press conference.
“Miller isn’t cut from the same cloth as me so he should watch how he talks,” he said.
AJ seems calm about the situation now, but on the stage at the time it was certainly a different story, with angry words being exchanged by both fighters, whilst Povetkin stood on and watched as a mere bystander.
Miller's actions certainly won't endure himself to boxing fans in Britain, neither will it help him on his way to fighting Anthony Joshua - at least in the short-term - but it certainly has got people talking about him.
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