Exclusive: I’d fight Anthony Joshua for free, I’m an animal like Mike Tyson,” says Jarrell Miller

Jarrell Miller

Esther Lin

As he builds towards a world title shot, Brooklyn’s heavyweight Jarrell Miller wants to be the treacherous and animalistic yin to Anthony Joshua’s human and genteel yang.

The unbeaten Miller (17-0-1, 15 KO) is highly ranked with three of the four main sanctioning bodies but has so far struggled to land a big name opponent.

Even so, Miller, nicknamed ‘Big Baby’, has kept himself busy and most recently stopped Nick Guivas in the second round of their WBO NABO title clash, while his next fight is already lined up for August 19.

Raised and schooled in New York, the powerhouse Miller started out with a promising kickboxing career before turning his full attention to the sweet science and he now wants to bring a destructive and malicious presence to the heavyweight division not seen since the days of Mike Tyson.

Miller exclusively told World Boxing News: “My eyes are on getting a world title shot and I just need to get myself in the right position. I’ve stayed disciplined and kept busy so I’m always improving and climbing the rankings and there is still so much more to come.

“I need and desperately want to fight a big name but no one wants it because I’m very dangerous. I grew up in New York, the mecca of boxing, around some great fighters and I’ve had a brilliant education in the sport.

“I also became a chief sparring partner to Wladimir Klitschko for six or seven camps and his team couldn’t believe how good I was so early on in my career. But it is because I have more heart than all of them put together and I’ve showed tremendous mental strength throughout my career.”

Due to his American roots and a top-15 IBF ranking, there were talks that Miller was a frontrunner to face the IBF champ Antony Joshua in his June 25 defence before Dominic Breazeale eventually got the nod.

“I give Breazeale a puncher’s chance,” Miller continued, “he hasn’t shown any excitement and it should be a comfortable victory for Joshua.

“There have been some talks for the Joshua fight to happen later this year or early in the next. It is the fight I want and I would fight him for free. Joshua and his fans have no idea what animal they will be dealing with. The last animal they saw before me was Mike Tyson when he destroyed Frank Bruno.

“I will be the main man in the division and people will soon notice how evil and destructive I am. Joshua can pull off the nice guy act, but boxing is not about that and I will soon strike fear into him.

“I’m one of the youngest heavyweights about and I haven’t even reached my peak yet. I hope no one thinks I will come and do a Charles Martin and just roll over, I’m a warrior and I am ready to rip somebody’s lungs out.”

Matt Horan is lead writer for WBN. Follow on Twitter @mhoran123