Hearn says Joshua/Miller could happen next
In what has to be considered the clearest indication yet. Eddie Hearn has implied that we will see the American debut of Unified Heavyweight Champion of the world, Anthony Joshua sooner rather than later.
The WBA ‘Super’ & IBF champion has his hands full with preparation of his unification bout with WBO Champion Joseph Parker on March 31st. But providing he comes through that fight, a trip across the pond to the bright lights of New York city appears to be in his near future.
But before you get too excited about the prospect of seeing Joshua tussle with Deontay Wilder, who himself has his hands full with Luis Ortiz. It is unlikely that we will see a Joshua/Wilder fight in the near future. Instead it is the loud, brash Brooklyn native Jarrell Miller that appears to be the champions likely foe. Hearn is promoting a card with middleweight star Daniel Jacobs on April 28th at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn. Miller will provide chief support in fighting former Deontay Wilder victim, Johann Duhaupas. A comprehensive showing from the New Yorker would make it almost a certainty that we will see him in the ring with Joshua in the summer.
Miller, like Joshua is also something of a knockout specialist with 18 of his own 20 wins coming by way of stoppage.
“I’m already in talks with (the Barclays Center’s) Brett Yormark that all being well on March 31st, New York is the venue for Anthony Joshua’s next fight. If that’s not against Deontay Wilder, Jarrell Miller will be the guy.” Hearn told Boxing Scene
He added: “That’s the plan… (but) we have to win on March 31st. And AJ’s not even thinking about August. It’s not like we’re overlooking Parker. It’s my job to plan the future, and the future is a fight in America in 2018.”
With WBA mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin also waiting in the wings, and with the WBC champion seemingly pricing himself out of a fight for the time being it certainly seems as though we will be waiting a little while longer for an undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.
By: Aaron Cooper