Joshua set for US debut against Miller

Aubrey Yates
February 10, 2019

But negotiations have failed and instead the Watford-born fighter will take on relative unknown Jarrell Miller at New York's Madison Square Garden in June.

However, Wilder's controversial draw with Tyson Fury put paid to those plans and paved the way for a lucrative rematch between the pair.

His promoter Eddie Hearn says a deal to fight NY native Miller is now close to completion and their Madison Square Garden showdown could be rubber-stamped before the end of the week.

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Either way, the 39-year-old Matchroom Sport promoter said that he is excited for AJ to fight in the US.

"He definitely needs to build his profile in the USA but knowing how he looks, behaves and fights he will be a superstar in America".

Joshua was ringside for the Canelo Alvarez-Rocky Fielding fight, where Canelo scored a third-round KO to win a secondary world title at 168-pounds before a partisan crowd of 20,112, in a bout that Hearn co-promoted. "There is no deal yet, but right now, that looks like a strong possibility".

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If Joshua and Wilder are both triumphant in their fights, a fall showdown between two of the most explosive heavyweights in recent memory, could be inevitable.

"Looking at the Miller fight, NY is something that we didn't expect", Hearn told Sky Sports.

"Legacy is about creating iconic moments and Joshua in NY is an iconic moment".

Miller, 20-0, is relishing his proposed bout with Joshua and has vowed to show the world he's nowhere near as good as he's been made out to be.

But after failing to secure a big enough opponent, AJ will now attempt to crack America.

"And like I said before, I've been waiting for the moment to shock the world". I wouldn't waste my time going to the fight, I know what's going to happen already.

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