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Joshua: Miller Is Slow, Not A Puncher, Got Caught On PEDs

By Keith Idec

NEW YORK – Jarrell Miller spent nearly half an hour Tuesday trashing Anthony Joshua during an interview session with a small group of reporters prior to their press conference at Madison Square Garden.

When it was Joshua’s turn to talk later Tuesday, he fired back at the loquacious contender in a couple succinct sentences that encapsulated how he feels about his upcoming opponent. Miller might own an 83-percent knockout ratio, but Joshua obviously doesn’t consider the unbeaten Brooklyn native a legitimate threat to take his IBF, IBO, WBA and WBO heavyweight titles when they square off June 1 at The Garden.

“He’s slow, he’s not a puncher,” Joshua said, “like a gorilla back, ex-kickboxer, probably would be better off in the NFL, substance abuse, got caught on PEDs. I can’t really respect that, so talk is cheap. You know? And I’m just gonna back it up in the ring, so yeah, I don’t really have much to say.”

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The 29-year-old Joshua (22-0, 21 KOs) said plenty while summing up his thoughts on Miller. Joshua’s PED reference was related to Miller testing positive for a banned substance in California while he was a professional kickboxer.

The British superstar continued by pointing out that he is much more tested against top opposition than Miller (23-0-1, 20 KOs). The 2012 Olympic gold medalist has beaten former champions Wladimir Klitschko, Joseph Parker and Alexander Povetkin in three of his past four fights.

The 6-feet-4, 315-pound Miller, 30, has defeated veterans Gerald Washington, Mariusz Wach, Johann Duhaupas, Tomasz Adamek and Bogdan Dinu since halting an 11-month layoff in July 2017. The 6-feet-6, 245-pound Joshua assures Miller that their fight will be more difficult than any of those bouts.

 “With me, I think stats and facts don’t lie,” Joshua said. “Records have been broken here … my stats don’t lie, when you compare records. So it’s just jealousy, in my opinion. Just hate, for no reason. I respect my opponents. If they disrespect me, they get the worst of me as well, so it’s just negativity and hate in my opinion.”

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 Oshio on 02-21-2019

[QUOTE=Jim Tom;19526843]Which other American could he have fought?[/QUOTE] This is one question Joshua haters in the US cannot answer. I believe they envy the UK with fighters like Fury, Joshua, Whyte etc. The only US HW a little better than…

Comment by Boxingraya on 02-20-2019

[QUOTE=Mooshashi;19528485]The Joshua train will be taken off the tracks by a Baby. A big, large, Baby. Soon.[/QUOTE] that would be so awesome if it happened. the yellow tooths would jump off Big Ben.

Comment by Mooshashi on 02-20-2019

The Joshua train will be taken off the tracks by a Baby. A big, large, Baby. Soon.

Comment by Lunchbucket on 02-20-2019

[QUOTE=Reverb;19527767]Yeah, where did he get loquacious from? Lol. Couldn't be further from Joshua. Must've left his dictionary at home.[/QUOTE] Unless it's just been updated, that was the term used to describe Miller, which is accurate.

Comment by 4truth on 02-20-2019

Joshua is stupid. If this is how he thinks you build an audience for a fight with a fighter few people think deserves a title shot, I have no other explanation.

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