Anthony Joshua To Fight Big Baby Miller In NYC

The global heavyweight sensation is coming to the States.

Heavyweight boxing’s biggest star, Anthony Joshua, is coming to America.

The British sensation will defend his WBA Super, IBF, WBO, and IBO World titles against Brooklyn’s Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller. Joshua’s long-awaited U.S. debut will be at Madison Square Garden in New York on Saturday, June 1.

“I am heading to The Big Apple and I plan to embrace the culture and leave with an appetite for more,” said Joshua via release. “It has been an honour and a blessing to fight at some of the best venues in the World at home in the UK, not least Wembley Stadium, but the time has come to head across the Atlantic and defend my Heavyweight titles in the USA.

“I am looking forward to taking on another challenge with a good boxer & a brilliant talker, it will be an exciting fight, I will leave nothing to chance and plan on dismantling Miller in style to make my mark.”

 

Joshua (22-0, 21 KOs), last defended his world titles by knocking out Alexander Povetkin at Wembley Stadium in September. It what was the Olympic medalist’s fourth straight fight in front of over 80,000 fans.

Big Baby Time

Boxing fans have clamored for Joshua to fight Deontay Wilder, however, after a draw in Wilder’s fight versus Tyson Fury, that train has derailed. Wilder has a rematch clause that he is activating against Fury, opening up the door for Jarrell Miller to face Joshua.

“AJ is making a huge mistake coming over here to fight me in my own backyard,” said Miller via statement. “He wants to announce himself on the American stage but all he’s doing is delivering me those belts by hand.

“This is the fight that I’ve been chasing all my life and on June 1, I’m going to achieve the thing I was born to do and win the Heavyweight Championship of the World.”

 

Miller (23-0-1, 20 KOs), has been calling for a Joshua fight since the launch of DAZN in the U.S. last July. Undefeated and weighing 300 pounds, “Big Baby” is an entertaining fighter that knows how to sell a fight.

Coming from the same team as Daniel Jacobs, Miller earned his shot with successive wins over former world title challengers Gerald Washington, Mariusz Wach, Johann Duhaupas and Tomasz Adame.

Now, Miller returns home to fulfill a lifelong dream of fighting for the World Heavyweight crown. Joshua looks to impress an American audience and set up a future bout with the winner of Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury.

Rhett Butler is a Boxing Writer Association of America Journalist, Play-By-Play Commentator, Combat Sports Insider, and Former Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing Promoter. The New York City native honed his skills at various news outlets including but not limited to: TIME Magazine, Money Magazine, CNN's Wolf Blitzer Reports, and more. Rhett hosts the PRITTY Left Hook podcast, a polarizing combat sports insider's take featuring the world's biggest names.