Anthony Joshua is over in the United States taking part in press conference for his upcoming bout against Jarrell Miller, one that will be his first fight on US territory. This is seen as a huge chance for him to make strides in the American market, although despite his upcoming fight, all the focus appears to be on the two men he isn’t fighting, Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder.
Questions still came up in the first press conference between AJ and Jarrell Miller about Fury in particular but AJ was quick to bite back at the accusations that he is ‘dodging’ them. He said:
"Just give me time, I’ve beat them all. I've done what they dream of doing in a quarter of the time. Wilder's had 40 fights. Fury's been professional for 11 years and has had one good win against Klitschko and is now a boxing God. I’ve come up and fought everyone since my 16th fight, in the space of four to five years.
“I haven’t got to come out here and prove anything. Stats and facts show it. If you can’t see it then I can't preach to the blind. I am the I am and I walk how I walk.
Joshua will take on Miller in Madison Square Garden on June 1st, but is already eyeing up who he should face after that. AJ should have no trouble getting rid of Jarrell Miller and it appears Deontay Wilder is next on his hit list, no matter who the American faces next.
Joshua continued: “MIller's just someone else in the way, then once I beat Wilder next after him, if they can't respect it then there’s nothing else I can do. I just carry on fighting for the passion and the love of it.”
Wilder and Fury have yet to arrange their rematch with the possibility of it actually happening seemingly fading. That fight will almost certainly take place in America if it does happen but surely Joshua will be pressured into facing the winner, rather than just picking Wilder to improve his popularity in the US.
The Heavyweight division is incredibly promising at the moment, but more big fights like we saw in December need to happen for it to fulfil its potential.