Heavyweight contender Jarrell Miller is not overly impressed with the toughest opponent of his career, which is IBF, IBO, WBA, WBO world champion Anthony Joshua.
Jarrell Miller will challenge Joshua for his world title on June 1 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The contest will be Joshua’s United States debut.
“We seen it in the Joseph Parker fight. He was not aggressive. After the Klitschko fight, that was his best performance against an older guy who had had two years off and lost the fight before to Tyson Fury. If you look at the guys he’s fought they don’t really have an amateur background. He didn’t look that great against them either,” Miller told The Daily Telegraph.
Some fans were disappointed with the selection of Miller – and preferred to see Joshua face someone like WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder or top contender Dillian Whyte.
Miller does not believe Whyte is more deserving of the shot – because Joshua already handled him.
“I’ve earned my shot. I’m a way better fighter than Dillian Whyte. Whyte got smacked around already, but then he earned his way back into a championship position. But, if you look at the guys he’s fought the only really okay guy he’s fought is Joseph Parker. And Parker didn’t come in 100 percent. So Dillian Whyte turned down the fight, who’s next? The next best person is me. Wilder has some other business. Who else is it going to be? Think about it,” Miller said.
As far as Wilder, the talkative Miller is not impressed with his record of fights – although Wilder has fought, and beaten, stiffer competition than Miller. Wilder first captured the world title in January 2015 with a twelve-round decision over Bermane Stiverne.
“Deontay Wilder had the belt for a number of years and didn’t really want to fight nobody. His record still sucks,” Miller said.