Joshua Admits Miller or Povetkin Are More Likely For Next Fight

Anthony Joshua considers American Jarrell Miller or Alexander Povetkin of Russia his likeliest next challenger.

The IBF, WBA, IBO and WBO heavyweight champion's management have made an offer to Deontay Wilder, who holds the WBC title, for what would be the world's richest and most significant fight, but Joshua is not convinced of his interest.

Those working with Wilder most recently spoke of making a counter offer because of their dissatisfaction at the one made to them, which has contributed to Joshua's pessimism.


It is understood a fight with Miller, in New York on August 25, is one potential alternative, while the WBA recently demanded he make a mandatory defence against Povetkin.

Miller also first needs to defeat Johann Duhaupas on April 28, but asked whom he was most likely to fight next, Joshua said: 'Miller or Povetkin. If I was to list which (negotiations) would be easiest I'd put them at the start.

'Miller's more serious. Miller would definitely step up to the challenge. When these guys haven't got much to lose they're more serious, they know they've got everything to gain.

'Miller's a bit more serious because it seems he hasn't got as much to lose, he'll jump at the opportunity. If Wilder was as serious as he says he is he would jump at the opportunity.

'I haven't heard from the president of the WBA, but that's a conversation to be had. If there was a situation where Wilder accepted the challenge and it was something he was looking to do this year, it would be a conversation with the WBA, to see how we could hopefully postpone Povetkin until 2019. I didn't work this hard to give things away.

'Wilder's had 40 fights. The fans and broadcasters are fed up so he has to make a move. That fight will happen sometime.

'My career isn't based around Wilder - that's what's clear about it.'


User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by candyman441 on 04-13-2018

Complete duck from Joshua. 60 - 40 or no fight. Also loser take 40 in the rematch. A 12 mil flat fee is a disgrace to boxing. Joshua can fight Miller or the Russian and it won't do the numbers…

Comment by The Madison on 04-13-2018

if wilder doesnt want to earn money then thats his choice. hes gonna have to fight 10 more scrubs if he wants to get the equivalent of that hearn offer. although that probably suits him fine so he can say…

Comment by RememberTUA? on 04-13-2018

[QUOTE=Deus;18666747]Come on now let's be real here. Standard negotiating whilst negotiating a deal is to put a different deal in place with the competition to drive up or down the price. This is nothing more than a reminder/threat that Joshua…

Comment by uppercut510 on 04-13-2018

[QUOTE=fullers;18668006]Wow I shocked that Joshua is ducking wilder. Nobody saw that coming. Joker. Just give wilder or fury the belts you coward[/QUOTE] hes not ducking hearn is, hearn wants another fight before wilder but the way hes going about it…

Comment by fullers on 04-13-2018

Wow I shocked that Joshua is ducking wilder. Nobody saw that coming. Joker. Just give wilder or fury the belts you coward

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