Anthony Joshua has ripped into Jarrell Miller after the American accused the unified heavyweight champion of using performance enhancing drugs – despite having no evidence whatsoever.
‘Big Baby’ Miller, who weighed in at 315lbs for his previous bout, made the allegation during their media commitments in London and questioned the Brits physique.
Responding to those remarks, AJ said: “I take that as a compliment to all my dedication and strength and power training.
“If I was on steroids as well I wouldn’t fit in this shirt (a slim-tailored grey number, as it happened).
“He’s talking bull. At the London Olympics, I was around 104 kilos and then weighed 107 kilos for my first pro fight the next year. What’s that, just half a stone with pro training? And he’s only talking about one year.
“What about the 11 years I’ve been boxing since I was 18. I’m now 115 kilos so that’s averaging just one kilo more a year. And that’s down to how hard I work and live.
“To all the strength and stamina training and weight-lifting.
“To how I control everything I eat and how I dedicate myself to boxing. It’s my life. It’s pretty much all I do. And it’s expensive, the food and the drink and the lifestyle.
“I’m actually cutting weight now so it would be pretty odd if I was doing anything. By the way, all the anti-drugs programmes I’m signed up to cost plenty, too.
“I have to let them know where I’m going to be every day. I get random tested roughly twice a week round the year by VADA (Voluntary Anti-Doping Association) at a cost of £40,000 a test. And nothing.
“If ever there was something wrong in my next 10 years boxing it would be an accident. I don’t do anything.”
The heavyweight grudge match between unified champion Anthony Joshua and Jarrell ‘Big Baby’ Miller take places at the iconic Madison Square Garden on June 1, live and exclusive on DAZN.
Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95