Why Jarrell Miller is unlike any challenger Anthony Joshua has faced
Madison Square Garden in New York City plays host to the United States debut of Anthony Joshua on June 1st against Jarrell Miller.
The Briton will defend his WBA Super, IBF, WBO and IBO World Heavyweight titles against Brooklyn’s ‘Big Baby’, live on DAZN.
Undefeated Miller comes into the fight as a big underdog but has confidence in his ability.
A poor upbringing has given Miller (📸 Ed Mulholland) a focus like no other challenger Joshua have ever met in the ring.
“I’m home. I’m ready. You have no idea that I breathe, eat, sleep Anthony Joshua. I have a screen saver of Anthony Joshua. I wake up and think about Anthony Joshua,” said Miller.
“I’ve seen my mother go through some stuff that none of you would survive. I grew up in a third world country. I see my family starving with no shoes on their feet. This is bigger than a fight with Anthony Joshua. It is bigger than me. It is bigger than money.
“There were many years that I didn’t know what I was doing with my life. I’ve always had this anger and drive in my stomach though that would keep me going.
“I knew that I must be fighting for something. Man, God has a plan for everybody, remember that. It’s bigger than me though, and AJ is just in my way.
“Yeah, he won the Olympics. But that was in his city, they gave it to him. People call me the underdog but that’s alright. I want to be the underdog. I wasn’t born with a silver spoon.”
“I want to thank New York City. Thank my mother and my wife. My sister and my trainers. We are from the dirt. From the gutter. We are from under the dirt but I work hard for this.
“He didn’t want this fight first. He wanted to fight Whyte. That’s fact.
“The more that you understand what boxing is. All that humble, that fake s*** – he puts it on. Boxing is not a humble sport.
“I will leave it with this, we are all going to die one day. I have lost five people this year. That’s what keeps me humble,” he added.