Jarrell ‘Big Baby’ Miller has received an offer from Anthony Joshua’s team for a fight in June, however, it will heavily depend on the negotiations between the IBF, IBO, WBA and WBO world heavyweight champion and rival Dillian Whyte breaking down.
Joshua has a date booked at Wembley stadium for a big fight night on April 13.
Since rumours of the rematch between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder being agreed, it quickly emerged that Whyte was the next best potential opponent for promoter Eddie Hearn to lure due to the mass UK interest.
The pair fought back in 2015 in an entertaining fight which saw Whyte visibly rock Joshua – something not many of AJ’s opponents can say they’ve managed – but still succumbed to defeat in the seventh round.
Whyte himself would say he has vastly improved since then and exchanged words with his old rival in the ring after beating Dereck Chisora in December, where he called for a rematch.
The 30-year-old was told he is AJ’s third choice behind the ‘big two’ and now that a fight with either Fury or Wilder is off the cards it appears Whyte is now the go-to option.
‘The Body Snatcher’ though admitted last month that he felt Matchroom Boxing’s offer made to him was insulting.
Miller won’t promote near as much interest as Whyte would, the American boasts a record of 20-0-1 in professional bouts but generally hasn’t fought many big names.
He recently turned down a risky fight against Kubrat Pulev to try and become mandatory challenger to AJ.
“It wasn’t a bad offer,” Miller told Beating the Odds with Beeb, according to Boxing News 24.
“My main thing is getting back in the ring and knocking his backside out and showing I’m the man. I’m going to give them a hard time on certain things, but my ultimate goal is being the champion. I’m thinking about legacy first, and the money will come.
“Anthony Joshua is definitely the money guy in the division right now. There are a few guys that can beat him, and I’m one of the guys. I got to go where the money is at, and that’s with DAZN.”
Miller has been unconvincing in the past, particularly against Gerald Washington in 2017 in where he was almost knocked out, and the stats would suggest a comfortable victory for Joshua should the pair to come to blows.
The fight would no doubt be the biggest of Miller’s career and he went on to confirm the fight would take place in New York.
Where does it leave the world champ though? The situation is a lose-lose situation for the Brit. Should he lose, big questions will be asked of Joshua losing to an unknown name but should he win the fight, the inevitable criticisms of AJ fighting average opponents will return.