Anthony Joshua challenged by Jarrell Miller to make New York debut
By Richard Damerell & James Dielhenn
Last Updated: 03/04/18 9:15pm
Anthony Joshua has been dared to fight in America by Jarrell 'Big Baby' Miller, who has taunted "he's not as powerful as he thinks".
Joshua has long been linked with a Stateside debut although, moments after beating Joseph Parker last weekend to unify the IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight belts, he claimed: "We're staying right here."
Unbeaten New York contender Miller has mocked those words and invited Joshua to box in his home city this summer.
"Hell yeah, I will welcome him to New York. We can make the fight happen," Miller exclusively told Sky Sports.
"He is definitely taking [American fighters] lightly because he had a good experience with Charles Martin.
"It's hilarious. Who have I fought to earn a title shot? Who did AJ fight to earn a title shot? Hilarious."
Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn indicated that Miller was a future option last month, telling Sky Sports: "Jarrell Miller is a real possibility.
"He's a threat. He's got a great engine, he's got great work-rate as well and he's confident that he beats Anthony Joshua.
"We feel like we need to go out and make a defence in the US."
Miller is ranked No 3 by the IBF, WBA and WBO - the belts that Joshua now holds - but must first aim to stay unbeaten in his 22nd fight, against Johann Duhaupas, this month.
Joshua's main goal is to become undisputed champion by winning Deontay Wilder's WBC belt, but he has first been linked with a defence against Dominic Breazeale.
"He's not as powerful as he thinks," Miller said about Joshua, having watched the Parker fight.
"I did not enjoy it. I fell asleep and my boys woke me up. Then my boys fell asleep and I woke them up.
"I thought Parker won but UK fans will think differently. Parker threw more punches, was more active, had a better jab. Joshua was getting hit by terrible stuff.
"Parker wasn't the most powerful but he was tagging [Joshua], and hurt him."
Miller weighed in at over 20 stone for his last fight and believes his size would cause unique problems to Joshua, who was notably lighter at 17st 4lbs when he beat Parker.
"That's the size he's supposed to be. He's taller but, in terms of girth and width, I've always been bigger. Once we're in the ring together I'd back him up, and beat the brakes off him.
"He would do horribly. Small guys have given him hell. Parker gave him hell - he's not a big puncher or a big guy.
"Now you're talking about someone who comes forward 99 per cent of the time, has the highest punch output in the heavyweight division, and is not afraid to get hit. It's a whole different story.
"I know I can ruin [Joshua vs Wilder]. They've just got to give me my damn shot. Hell yeah, I'm too dangerous. Why has it taken so long for them to say my name? Now, they know what time it is."
Joshua is also being chased by Alexander Povetkin, his WBA mandatory challenger, whose promoters last week told Sky Sports that a fight would fill Moscow's 81,000-seat Luzhniki Stadium.
Dillian Whyte remains an option, although the IBF have ordered him to face Kubrat Pulev next.