Joseph Parker offers Jarrell Miller his support ahead of world title fight against Anthony Joshua

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One of Anthony Joshua’s former opponents Joseph Parker has publicly made it clear that he’s supporting Jarrell ‘Big Baby’ Miller in the pair’s world title fight in the summer.

Joshua will defend his status as the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world against Miller at Madison Square Garden on June 1, in what will be his first bout since September 2018.

The IBF, WBA and WBO champion added the latter to his collection by beating Parker on points a year ago back in March 2018, and he now faces a different kind of test against Brooklyn-born Miller.

Any fight at the Manhattan venue is bound to be big, and Parker is rooting for his “good friend” when he locks gloves with Joshua.

"I'm good friends with Miller, so it's one of those fights where I hope it goes well, and I hope he can pull it off, but it's going to be a hard task, because Joshua is a champion," the New Zealander said.

"I'm just going to be interested as a heavyweight boxer and a fan of the sport.”

Parker also revealed how Miller supported him ahead of his fight against Joshua in Wales.

"We get along well, we message each other, and I'm supporting him because he supported me when I had the Joshua fight.

"Both fighters are great fighters, and very respectful. It's going to be good to see them matched in the ring.

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"Yeah, I'll be supporting Miller."

Miller has been attempting to get into the 29-year-old’s head and their New York press conference slipped into chaos as Joshua was shoved by his challenger, however, Parker just labelled it as “antics” and insisted there was mutual respect between the two.

"Boxing antics, and things happen all the time, and you've just got to take it how it is.

"I think he got under his skin. Miller is just playing the game, doing what he has to do. It's just one of those things where it's interesting for boxing."

If Miller is to pull off a win over Joshua, it’d be one of the biggest boxing shocks of this generation, that’s for sure.

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