Anthony Joshua and Jarrell ‘Big Baby’ Miller Agree Terms for US Heavyweight Championship Clash
By Sina Latif
According to reports, terms have been agreed for Anthony Joshua to make his US debut on streaming service DAZN against Jarrell ‘Big Baby’ Miller.
With Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury looking increasingly likely to be heading towards a spring rematch and Eddie Hearn failing to agree on a purse split with Dillian Whyte, it now looks like the undefeated unified heavyweight champion is on the verge of finally having his next opponent confirmed.
Fox Sports, LA Times and Ring Magazine journalist Mike Coppinger stated on his Twitter account:
“Breaking: Anthony Joshua and Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller have agreed to terms for a heavyweight championship fight at New York’s Madison Square Garden, per sources. The fight will be streamed on DAZN and likely take place June 1, but June 8 also in play. Will be Joshua’s U.S. debut”.
The initial Wembley Stadium date for April 13th is now looking like it will be scrapped, and this is definitely the best alternative.
With Wembley Stadium representatives having told Hearn that they were only interested in a fight against Wilder, Fury or Whyte, and the inability to make any of them, this is the perfect time for Joshua to make his US debut.
Joshua will be fighting a Brooklynite in his own backyard at the historic Madison Square Garden, and Miller can certainly sell a fight. The pair have already been involved in a heated exchange at a DAZN press conference in New York in July, and Miller has shown that he is very capable of creating enough hype surrounding the fight to quickly turn people’s initial feelings of disappointment into eager anticipation.
Furthermore, for a fighter who has been so measured up to this point, UK fans must hope that Joshua and his team are not underestimating Miller with the announcement of a fight against the American in New York, the first time Joshua will be out of his comfort zone and not on home soil, but rather they have finally decided that now is the time to start taking such risks and broaden the Brits’ horizons.
With widespread talks of Joshua facing the Wilder v Fury rematch winner, the common perception of Miller being an incompetent opponent for Joshua and the American having home advantage, Joshua must stay focused to avoid an upset.
Other than a fight for the undisputed championship, to make his US debut is the best alternative for the unified champion striving to become a global star.
This is a move that had to be undertook at some point in Joshua’s career and now is the perfect time.