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Jarrell Miller: Joshua Always Protected; I Want To Break His Jaw!

By Keith Idec

Beating Tomasz Adamek on Saturday night would at least keep Jarrell Miller in position to eventually challenge Anthony Joshua.

Miller might have to wait at least another year for that opportunity, assuming they continue to win. However long it takes to secure the title shot he seeks, Miller will try to aggravate Joshua as much as possible.

“I don’t like what he stands for and I don’t like him,” Miller told Sky Sports. “I want to break his jaw.”

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Brooklyn’s Miller confronted England’s Joshua in July, when they attended a press conference in New York to officially announce DAZN’s launch in the United States. Joshua and Miller were separated on the stage that day, and Miller walked away from their confrontation feeling as though he now has some sort of advantage over the unbeaten British superstar.

“I smelled fear,” Miller said. “He’s been protected all the time. They gave him the Olympics [in 2012], they gave him easy fights. It’s another thing when you have someone who had to earn and strive for everything. That’s me.

“I’m an animal. I’m a nice guy, but I’m going for his neck. I’m going for the jugular. I smell it on him. He sees somebody who’s not afraid. Every time I see him, I will bully him.”

Nevertheless, Joshua is expected to fight someone other than Miller, perhaps British rival Dillian Whyte, on April 13 at Wembley Stadium in London. If the heavily favored Miller beats Adamek, the IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO champion’s schedule would require him to fight at least once more before he’d have a realistic chance to face Joshua (22-0, 21 KOs).

“Miller is a real threat to the heavyweight division,” Eddie Hearn, Joshua’s promoter, told Sky Sports. “A big puncher, huge in size and very, very strong.

“He’s more durable than he looks. Of course he wants a shot at Anthony Joshua – everybody does. But I think his next move, realistically, is to challenge for the WBA ‘regular’ title. Then he can try and force a fight with Joshua towards the end of 2019.”

The scheduled 12-round bout between the 30-year-old Miller (21-0-1, 18 KOs) and the 41-year-old Adamek (53-5, 31 KOs) will be streamed live by DAZN from DePaul University’s Wintrust Arena in Chicago.

Former WBO welterweight champ Jessie Vargas (28-2-1, 10 KOs) will meet Thomas Dulorme (24-3, 16 KOs) in the 12-round main event. Undercard coverage of DAZN’s show is set to start at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Laligalaliga on 10-11-2018

[QUOTE=JWHardin;19183463]My bet is that Hearn will find a way to not make the Ortiz vs Whyte fight. Back when Ortiz was WBA mandatory, they threatened to drop the belt, so Ortiz bailed to fight Wilder.[/QUOTE] Am optimistic the fight will…

Comment by JWHardin on 10-10-2018

[QUOTE=Laligalaliga;19182555]I understand Ortiz camp has agreed to the date. Hopefully they can work and that and make the fight. It will definitely be a cracker. My bet is on whyte.[/QUOTE] My bet is that Hearn will find a way to…

Comment by Laligalaliga on 10-10-2018

[QUOTE=JWHardin;19179106]I sincerely hope he does fight Whyte. I think Hearn is just throwing out his name because he knows Ortiz has already agreed to fight on the under-card. I don't care where they fight. Whyte will try to get someone…

Comment by kafkod on 10-09-2018

[QUOTE=JWHardin;19180872]:banghead: Whatever you think dude. Carry on.[/QUOTE] Hearn didn't need to sign Ortiz and give him a fight against an easy opponent on AJ's undercard. He didn't need to introduce Ortiz to the UK fans, who had mostly never even…

Comment by JWHardin on 10-09-2018

[QUOTE=kafkod;19179137]Hearn signed Ortiz after AJ's first defence against Breazeale [B][I]and he put him on AJ's undercard against an easy UK domestic opponent to build up interest in the UK for the AJ vs Ortiz WBA mando, when it was called.[/I][/B]…

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