Saturday 19 October 2019

Anthony Joshua to fight Jarrell Miller in US debut in New York and Katie Taylor could feature on the undercard

Anthony Joshua
Anthony Joshua
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Anthony Joshua will make his American debut by defending his IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight titles against New York's Jarrell Miller at Madison Square Garden on June 1.

After abandoning plans to fight again at Wembley on April 13, he will instead attempt to join the United States market in which rivals Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder have become increasingly influential.

The 29-year-old last fought in September, also at Wembley, when securing one of his finest victories by stopping Russia's Alexander Povetkin in seven rounds.

Miller is not recognised as one of the world's leading heavyweights but has been in contention to fight Joshua for the past year.

Joshua said: "The time has come to head across the Atlantic and defend my heavyweight titles in the USA.

"I will be fighting at the legendary Madison Square Garden. I plan to embrace the culture and leave with an appetite for more."

Miller, 30, is undefeated in 24 professional fights. He said: "AJ is making a huge mistake coming over here to fight me in my own back yard. He wants to announce himself on the American stage but all he's doing is delivering me those belts by hand."

There is already speculation that Katie Taylor could feature on the undercard if she adds the WBO title to her WBA and IBF belts against Rose Volante of Brazil in Philadelphia on St Patrick's weekend.

A fight against either Amanda Serrano or Cecilia Braekhus would create a huge stir.

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