AMERICAN boxer, Jarell Miller suggested during a press conference in London that he’ll stop Anthony Joshua within seven rounds on June 1 at Madison Square Garden. An annoyed Joshua responded by promising to do extreme damage to Miller when they fight in three months for Joshua’s IBF, IBO, WBA and WBO heavyweight titles.
“He talks about seven rounds?,” Joshua asked incredulously, according to Sky Sports’ website. “Look at his face. I will reconstruct his face and body.”
Joshua, 29, is listed by most Internet and Las Vegas sports books as an 8-1 favorite against Miller (23-0-1, 20 KOs), who claims Joshua is little more than a UK hype job.
The 2012 Olympic gold medalist promised to prove to the loquacious challenger that he, in fact, is the one who is in over his head.
“I’ve got 10 years left,” Joshua said. “This is all I know. I don’t know football, rugby, NFL, basketball. I know how to knock people out and beat them up. Every ounce of spirit he has, I will strip him of it.”
The 6-feet-4, 315-pound Miller, 30, claims everything about Joshua – from his public persona to his skill set is carefully crafted to fit the narratives designed for this wildly popular British boxer.
If nothing else, Miller’s incessant needling seems at least to have drawn Joshua (22-0, 21 KOs) out of his comfort zone. The usually mild-mannered Joshua has indulged Miller in some of the lowbrow, cringe-worthy trash talk that Joshua typically avoids.
“I will do the job,” Joshua said. “I am a good boxer, a heavy-handed boxer. I have beaten better opponents than any heavyweight out there. I will be the surgeon to give him a makeover.”
Former WBO champ Joseph Parker (25-2, 19 KOs) is the only opponent who has taken Joshua the distance since the 6-feet-6, 245-pound champion made his pro debut five years ago. Miller, according to Joshua, won’t join Parker in that exclusive company.
“A knockout needs to happen to announce myself in the States,” Joshua said of his American debut. “He does the talking – I do the physical stuff.”