Fans will hopefully find out next week who IBF heavyweight champ Anthony Joshua will be fighting in his second title defence, set for November 26. Promoter Eddie Hearn tweeted how the opponent will be revealed week commencing Sept 26 (next Monday) – and one fighter who says he would take the fight and “break Anthony Joshua’s face in half,” is unbeaten New Yorker Jarrell Miller.
Speaking with Sky Sports, “Big Baby,” as the 18-0-1(16) contender is known, says he should have been on the short-list to next challenge A.J, along with Kubrat Pulev, Bermane Stiverne and Joseph Parker. Miller has been calling Joshua out for some time now and he is certain he has too much heart for the 17-0(17) Londoner.
“Of course, I talk a lot of smack and I’m willing to back it up, that’s the whole point,” the outspoken New Yorker said. “What is more dangerous than someone who is skilled, confident, and has a heart? They don’t want that. They want someone to have some skill, but doesn’t have any heart – that’s Anthony Joshua. Hopefully we get a fight over there, something to get the British fans to talk about. Give them something to really see. Rum him over, simple. That’s me the bulldozer and he’s the cement gravel. Run him over, it’s that simple.”
It does seem that as long as Miller – who scaled a whopping 296-pounds for his last fight, an August stoppage win over Fred Kassi – remains unbeaten, he will get a title shot. Whether its against Joshua or Deontay Wilder (who he has also called out and threatened with a jaw injury) or someone else, remains to be seen. Miller, who has an MMA background, has not yet beaten a genuine top-10 contender, but he is now ranked in the IBF top-10, making him eligible for a shot at Joshua in the champion’s next voluntary.
Let’s see who gets the November 26 shot. Something tells me it won’t be “Big Baby.”