WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder is not impressed with the recent announcement that Anthony Joshua will make his United States debut against Jarrell Miller at Madison Square Garden on June 1.
Joshua will put his WBO, WBA, IBO and IBF belts on the line at the iconic New York venue in what will be his first bout outside Great Britain.
The 29-year-old was due to fight at Wembley on April 13 after stopping Alexander Povetkin at the London venue last September.
Joshua had stated in several interviews that Wilder was his main target for that date but blamed “boxing politics” for the fight not being arranged, while a potential rematch with domestic rival Dillian Whyte failed to materialize.
Miller stormed his way onto the stage to confront Joshua in New York at a promotional event for the Englishman’s showdown with Povetkin last July and the Brooklyn native will get a chance to let his fists do the talking in the same city.
Miller, who boasts a 23-0-1 record, has no doubt that he can take Joshua’s belts off him in the Big Apple.
Wilder had doubts about the event being successful, explaining that Miller is not very well known – even in his hometown of Brooklyn.
“Jarrell is still an unknown fighter here in America. Jarrell is from Brooklyn and stuff like that, but they don’t even know him in his own city. He’s not a name that’s been developed in the market here so for me I don’t think it’s gonna be a great look for him because even Anthony’s not that known here in America,” Wilder told Talk Sport.
“The people that does know [Joshua], they know about $50 million [that he rejected to fight me], they know about the story of the $15 million flat [fee he offered me] and why the fight is not happening. So I don’t think they’re gonna accept it very well, but we’re gonna see.
“I don’t think they’re gonna get the outcome that they’re expecting is gonna happen. I know they’re expecting the English to come over and support it big, but it shouldn’t be that way. If he done the right thing and accepted the fight, and say he’s coming over to fight Deontay Wilder, the outcome would be crazy.”