Anthony Joshua will make his American debut by defending his IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight titles against New York’s Jarrell Miller at Madison Square Garden on June 1.
After abandoning plans to fight again at Wembley Stadium on April 13, when Dillian Whyte was expected to be his opponent, he will instead attempt to join the US market in which rivals Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder have become increasingly influential.
The 29-year-old last fought in September, also at Wembley, when securing one of his finest victories by stopping Russia’s Alexander Povetkin in seven rounds.
Miller is not recognised as one of the world’s leading heavyweights, but he has been in contention to fight Joshua for the past year, and the champion said: “The time has come to head across the Atlantic and defend my heavyweight titles in the USA.
“I will be fighting at the legendary Madison Square Garden. I plan to embrace the culture and leave with an appetite for more.
“I am looking forward to taking on another challenge with a good boxer and a brilliant talker. It will be an exciting fight; I will leave nothing to chance and plan on dismantling Miller in style to make my mark.”
Joshua is expected to be paid a career-high purse, despite the 30-year-old Miller’s status and the likelihood of the Wilder-Fury rematch taking place just a fortnight before on May 18, potentially in the same city.
Funnily enough, a tweet that Joshua posted after defeating Povetkin is now coming back to bite him, and it simply hasn't aged well at all for the Brit.
Following on from his impressive win over the Russian, he allowed the British public to vote for his next opponent, and was adamant that he would listen to his fans and the British boxing fans.
However, he only gave his fans three options, and none of them were Miller - his next opponent.
Because of this, AJ's fans are reminding him of said tweet and their disappointment at the announcement.News Now - Sport News