By Marc Williams, courtesy of The Daily Star
ANTHONY JOSHUA looks set to fight Jarrell Miller later this year, not Deontay Wilder, promoter Eddie Hearn has revealed.
Joshua will put his WBA 'super' and IBF, IBO heavyweight titles on the line when he goes toe-to-toe with WBO champ Joseph Parker in Cardiff on March 31.
Should he successfully navigate his way past the Kiwi, AJ was expected to face off against ‘Bronze Bomber’ Wilder in the USA later this year.
While such a bout could still happen, Hearn says Joshua’s next clash against Parker will likely be against 'Big Baby' Miller.
Miller takes on Johann Duhaupas in New York on April 28 and a impressive performance could see him land a mega-money meeting with Joshua.
Hearn told Sky Sports: "I just said, while Deontay Wilder's residence belongs in fantasy island, we're looking at other options.
"We want to take Anthony Joshua to America in 2018, and Jarrell Miller is a real possibility, if he can look good against Duhaupas, and win that world title eliminator."
Miller boosts a 21-fight unbeaten record having knocked out Poland’s Mariusz Wach last November.
While he perhaps does not have the same profile as Wilder, Hearn knows he’ll be a tough challenge and is relishing the chance to take him on in his home town of Brooklyn.
"He's huge. He's about 20 stone, he's a great talker," said Hearn.
"He started off his career looking sensational. Last fight against Mariusz Wach not so. He's a tough guy to look good against, but stopped Mariusz Wach, many haven't.
"He's a threat. He's got a great engine, he's got great work-rate as well and he's confident that he beats Anthony Joshua.
"We feel like we need to go out and make a defence in the US. If we can do that in Brooklyn, against Brooklyn's very own Jarrell Miller, it's going to be exciting.”
News of Joshua’s potential bout with Miller will be a major blow to Wilder’s plans amid his well-known desire to face the British superstar.
Ahead of his fight against Luis Ortiz next weekend, Wilder said: "The big fight is me and Joshua, of course, and that's who I want.
"I've been calling him out for almost two years now. A lot of people think this just started, but it didn't, it started years ago.
"I told people to do their research and their history, then they'll come up with the facts instead of the fiction. But, I want to unify by all means necessary, whether [Joseph] Parker has it or Anthony [Joshua] has it.
"It doesn't matter who has it, I want to unify and I can't be clearer than that."