Anthony Joshua: I’m only champ until June 1, I have to defend my stripes!

📸 Mark Robinson

In a press conference on Monday afternoon, DAZN and Matchroom USA gathered across the pond in London to formally announce the United States debut of Anthony Joshua.

The Briton will defend his WBA Super, IBF, WBO and IBO World Heavyweight titles against Brooklyn’s Jarrell ‘Big Baby’ Miller at Madison Square Garden on Saturday June 1, live on DAZN.

Speaking on the fight and spending some time in New York himself over the last week, Joshua was in confident mood.

“It’s just another opponent – you need a dancing partner right, and Jarrell is a good dancing partner,” Joshua said. (📸 Mark Robinson)

“I’m only champion till June 1, and that’s when I step on the battlefield to defend my stripes. June 2 will be irrelevant and I step forward to next task ahead of me.

“It was a good time in New York, Daniel Jacobs came out, looked after me. We met so many people, radio stations, and went out of New York for a week. We had a real good time.”

“New York was ten out of ten, no lie. There’s nothing like being on UK soil, got my head down, and get back to routine and regimen. That’s how I like living my lifestyle, on a regimented format and focus on what’s ahead of me and that’s a Jarrell Miller.

“You know I’m not fighting any of his team members, or anyone that can speak for him, I’m fighting him. There won’t be many words said in the ring except for punches being exchanged.

“It’s the battle of the fittest, the battle of the smartest,  and the last man will be standing,” he added.


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