By Elliot Foster
Jarrell Miller promised to ‘toast English muffin’ Anthony Joshua after beating tough Johann Duhaupas in his home city.
The Brooklynite dominated the Frenchman over 12 rounds at the Barclays Center in New York on Saturday night in what was an official eliminator for the WBA ‘regular’ heavyweight title.
Manuel Charr is the current secondary titlist in the sport’s blue riband division.
But after he was awarded the victory against the former WBC title challenger on the cards, by margins of 119-109, 119-109 and 117-111, Miller is hoping to bypass Charr and head straight for the sanctioning body’s Super champion Joshua.
“Anthony ‘G-String’ Joshua should come and get this work – all day,” he said in the aftermath.
“I’m ready to toast that English muffin. We cooked French fries tonight [with victory over Duhaupas], so it’s English muffins next time.”
It was understood that Miller could challenge Joshua for his WBA Super, IBO, IBF and WBO world heavyweight titles later this year –– with August 25 back at the Barclays Center mentioned –– but the waters were muddied slightly recently when Deontay Wilder, the WBC champion, and his handlers made Joshua an offer of $50million to take the fight with him and the winner would become the undisputed king in the heavyweight division.
And Hearn said after watching Miller –– as part of his second Matchroom Boxing USA show –– that the fight between he and AJ would be a possibility if the Wilder fight cannot be made.
“It’s like I said before, Eddie Hearn has made promises and comments to other fights but let’s get this straight, I’m not signed with Matchroom Boxing and Eddie Hearn,” Miller added.
“I am my own boss, I have Big Baby Promotions, but it was decided that it would be in my best interests to fight on an Eddie Hearn card to build my profile.
“Of course we want the AJ fight. Eddie Hearn has been talking a lot that AJ is going to come to Brooklyn, do this and do that.
“I’m not going to get on my knees and beg, us New Yorkers work hard to earn our shot.
“But if you bring him to New York I will bust his behind. If not, we have Manuel Charr in Germany and we could probably make that happen.
“So that’s my next best option if Eddie doesn’t put his money where his mouth is and make it happen.
“He’s not going to sell me the dream like he did with Luis Ortiz and Dillian Whyte and all the others guys.”
Hearn insists that Miller will be a big part of the heavyweight landscape in relation to Joshua –– but he did say that he would “have to see”.
“If we can’t get Wilder, Miller is definitely an option,” he said. “You’ve got Miller, Alexander Povetkin and Wilder there. We will have to see.
“If Anthony is going to come to America [to fight] and it’s not against Wilder, we want to come to the Barclays Center and the guy to do it against is Jarrell Miller because what better way than to make your Stateside debut against a really good fighter who produced a really good performance?.
“The WBA have called a mandatory [with WBA Inter-Continental and WBO International champion Povetkin of Russia] but we could ask for an exception to fight Miller.”