Jarrell Miller will fight against Anthony Joshua in Madison Square Garden in New York City on Saturday the 1st of June. Here Anthony Joshua defends his status as unified world heavyweight champion, holding three of the four major championships in boxing. Miller has been provoking this fight for over a year now. But who is Anthony Joshua? Read everything you need to know about Miller’s opponent here.
Anthony Joshua was born on 15 October 1989, which makes him 29 years old. As one of the foremost athletes in the world, Anthony Joshua is in excellent shape: he weighs around 115kg and is 1.98m. Joshua is born in Watford, Hertfordshire. His cousin, Ben Lleyemi, is also a professional boxer. The pair made their professional debuts together in 2013. Joshua went to Nigeria for a boarding school when he was younger. After his parents divorced when he was 12 he came back to the UK. At school he excelled at football and athletics and broke his school’s Year Nine 100m record with a time of 11.6 seconds. Initially a footballer and athlete, Joshua entered the boxing bandwagon only in his late teens. He slowly transformed from a troubled teenager to a heavyweight professional.
Prior to boxing, Joshua worked as a bricklayer. During this time there have been a few incidents. In 2009, he was remanded into custody at Reading Prison for fighting; upon his release, he was made to wear an electronic monitoring ankle bracelet. Also, he was once pulled over for speeding and was then found with eight ounces of Marijuana. Because of this, he was suspended from the Great Britain boxing squad and he was also sentenced to year-long community service.
In 2016, he invested in a members-only gym, BXR, which opened in in 2017 on Marylebone, London.
Joshua’s professional career started on 11 July 2013 when it was confirmed that Joshua had turned professional under the Matchroom Sport promotional banner. On 16 July 2015, it was announced that Joshua would fight undefeated Scottish boxer Gary Cornish (21-0, 12 KOs) for the vacant Commonwealth heavyweight title at the O2 Arena on 12 September. Joshua won by stopping Cornish at just 90 seconds in the first round. After that, he defeated the IBF heavyweight champion Charles Martin in 2016 to win his first world title. In order to defend this title, he fought against Dominic Breazeale and won.
Furthermore, a fight between Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko was announced to take place in April 2017 at Wembley. They were to compete for the vacant WBA Super Heavyweight title. Joshua won this fight with dramatic aplomb in front of an audience of 90,000. Joshua’s match with Klitschko was the most important fight he faced. Klitschko was a boxing royalty who had lost only 3 of his professional matches. His undefeated recorded in front of his home crowd was at stake for Joshua. The match went on to 11 rounds before Joshua won.
After this great victory, he would next fight Joseph Parker for his highest career pay of £18 million. The fight was scheduled on 8 January 2018 at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff. In what was a dramatic fight, Joshua successfully claimed the WBO title. He also retained his WBA, IBF, and IBO belts.
To conclude, Joshua competed in 22 bouts during his professional boxing career. Joshua has never lost a fight and has a record of 21 KOs. He holds three of the four major championships in boxing: the IBF title since 2016, the WBA (Super) title since 2017, the WBO title since 2018 and the IBO title since 2017. At the regional level, he held the British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles from 2014 to 2016.
The fight with Miller
According to Joshua Miller can’t beat him, even on his best day. Miller accused Joshua of being “fake”, an “Uncle Tom” and a “giant pussy” – and that was before it got personal. “It’s just jealousy in my opinion,” Joshua said of Miller’s bluster. “Just hate for no reason. I respect my opponents. But if they disrespect me, they get the worst of me as well.” According to Joshua Miller is slow and everything he says is just bragging. “He’s not a puncher. Ex-kickboxer. Probably be better off in the NFL. Substance abuse. Got caught on PEDs. I can’t really respect that, so talk is cheap. I’m just going to back that up in the ring.”
According to Joshua Miller’s best chance is to land a big right hand or a big left hook, but he adds that that’s not really going to happen and that he’s going to get beat.
Who do you think will win the fight? Is Joshua keeping his status as unified world heavyweight champion or is Miller’s bragging actually justified? It’s already a very interesting fight so far.