Anthony Joshua has finally confirmed he will be making his American debut this summer!
The opponent for the heavyweight champions next fight comes in the form of Jarrell Miller aka Big Baby. The American boxer will be fighting AJ in his home town of New York. The fight is set to take place on June 1st at Maddison Square Gardens. The Olympic Gold Medalist is putting his IBF, WBA and WBO titles on the line for what will be Millers first title fight.
Jarrell Miller is relatively unknown to UK boxing fans. He comes into the fight with a record of 23 wins and one draw. 20 of those wins have come via knockout which is similar to AJs record of 21 wins, 20 by knockout. However a major difference between the two fights is their weight. Big Baby will be the heaviest fighter AJ has ever fought. Miller weighed in at 22st 7lbs which is nearly five stone heavier than AJ weighed in at his last fight.
To say the challenger was confident would be an understatement. Miller has said that Joshua is making a mistake going over to America and that “he’ll be leaving New York empty-handed”. If that wasn’t enough, Big Baby has also said he’ll take AJs mum out of a date after he beats him at Maddison Square Gardens. We’ll be sure to see AJs feeling on Miller comments come June 1st.
— Anthony Joshua (@anthonyfjoshua) February 13, 2019
However, as Joshua mentioned in his tweet, this may not be the fight that boxing fans were hoping for. Many were rooting for a heavyweight title fight between AJ and Deontay Wilder. Unfortunately it seems the Bronze Bomber is set on having a rematch with Tyson Fury after their controversial draw in December. This means we will have to wait until the end fo the year at a minimum to see AJ fight one fo the two heavyweights. Another option for the April 13th fight AJ had booked a Wembley was Dillian Whyte. However it didn’t go ahead as apparently AJs team didn’t present a good enough financial offer.
So what do the bookmakers think of the upcoming fight? Betfair have Joshua down as a clear favourite, once again, at 1/8. Jarrell Miller comes in at 11/2, which is giving him more of a chance that most of AJs previous competitors. With the odds being so low on a Joshua win, round betting is probably the best way to go. The smallest odds Betfair are offering on any of the rounds is 10/1. With odds being 10/1 or higher there is good money to be made if you predict the correct round.