By Manuel Perez: Anthony Joshua may wind up facing American Jarrell Miller before he faces WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder in a unification fight. Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn fancies the unbeaten Miller (19-0-1, 17 KOs) as a possible opponent for Joshua 20-0, 20 KOs) to defend his IBF/WBA heavyweight titles against.
Miller, 29, will need to win his fight next month against fringe contender Mariusz Wach (33-2, 17 Kos) on November 11 before he could be in the running for Joshua’s next fight.
“Jarrell Miller’s making a lot of noise right now,” Hearn said to the express.co.uk. “We look at potential opponents for Anthony Joshua, particularly in the United States and Jarrell Miller’s at the top of the list.”
Did you read that: “Jarrell Miller’s at the top of the list. Wow! So, not only does Deontay Wilder need to face and beat Dillian Whyte before he can get a unification fight against Joshua, but he’ll also need to get in line behind the 300-pound Miller before he can eventually get the fight.
If Hearn does match Joshua against Miller in 2018, then it’s unlikely that we’ll see the Joshua-Wilder fight next year. Hearn said last Saturday night at the post-fight press conference after Joshua had dispatched Carlos Takam that the targets for AJ’s 3 fights next year are these guys:
• Joseph Parker
• Tyson Fury
• Deontay Wilder
If you add Miller’s name to that list, that’s going to squeeze one of these guys out of the 3-man list for big Joshua, because he surely isn’t going to be fighting 4 times in 2018.
“I think Jarrell Miller is one of the true heavyweights,” Hearn said. “I’ve talked to Anthony about Jarrell. He rates him highly, he thinks he’s good fun and he’d be up for a fight like Jarrell Miller. He’d be one of the perfect guys to come over and take on in the States.”
Miller might be a little too dangerous for Joshua now. Miller is more of a threat to beating Joshua than Dillian Whyte is in beating Deontay Wilder in this writer’s opinion. If Joshua gasses out against Miller, it could be sad news for him, and for his boxing fans. Miller may be a little on the large side, with him weighing approximately 300 pounds, but he’s got a great engine.
The 29-year-old Miller doesn’t gas out in his fights like we’re seeing from Joshua. Miller can fight incredibly hard without losing steam on his shots. If Joshua picks Miller as his first opponent in 2018, he could be sorry he did so. I’m just saying.