Froch gives damning verdict on Joshua foe, prospects of Wilder or Fury

World Boxing News 09/03/2019

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Carl Froch has cast his doubts over Jarrell ‘Big Baby’ Miller’s credentials ahead of his showdown with unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua at Madison Square Garden.

AJ, who is under the guidance of Rob McCracken, Froch’s former mentor, prepares to defend his WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO titles. He will make his American debut on June 1.

And while the bad blood has dominated headlines, the ‘Cobra’ believes AJ’s quality will prove too much for the home favorite.

“I hope it will be a good fight but I don’t see how it can,” Froch told Love Sport Radio. ” But I don’t want to take too much away from Jarrell Miller, yet he’s not really fought anyone. I know he’s unbeaten. He’s knocked a few out but he looks a bit big and stiff to me.

“Joshua is a great fighter. He’s the world champion. He’s got every belt except the WBC, which is the one Deontay Wilder has got. That’s the fight everyone wanted to see. But this fight ticks the box of going to America and showcasing his skills which is good.

“I think the reason they didn’t put Baby Miller on at Wembley because people wouldn’t have bought into it so much. It’s a decent fight. It gets him shown in America and there are still big fights out there for him.

“From Eddie Hearn’s point of view, it’s a good business move,” he added.

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The heavyweight scene is an exciting yet hugely frustrating division. Boxing politics continues to block any hope of the super-fights being made.

Tyson Fury recently confirmed his huge deal with Top Rank, ESPN and promoting legend Bob Arum. Dillian Whyte could be set to follow his compatriot unless he decides to stick with Hearn.

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Froch believes the boxing fraternity may have to wait even longer before we find out who really is the best heavyweight on the planet.

“Patience is a virtue. Fans can be fickle, but boxing can be frustrating. Fury has signed a deal with ESPN so the Fury-Wilder rematch may not happen,” said Froch.

“If he does take care of Miller, you think about who is next for AJ. You’d want him to fight Wilder and then Fury.

“But I think that rematch needs to happen first. Then whoever has got the belt challenges Joshua for the undisputed title.

“It leaves Dillian Whyte out of the picture a bit but he’s a massive threat. He’s getting frustrated sitting in the background.

“But these fights do happen. Look at Ali vs Frazier or Mayweather vs Pacquaio. We waited years for those!” – concluded ‘The Cobra’.

Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95