Anthony Joshua says he is intent on "dismantling" Jarrell Miller when he makes his United States debut in New York City's Madison Square Garden on Saturday, June 1.
Joshua's first fight on U.S. soil, set to be a defense of his WBA Super, IBF and WBO world heavyweight titles, was confirmed by Sky Sports Boxing on Wednesday:
Johsua took to Twitter to explain how much he's relishing the challenge, even though he expressed regret the fight won't be taking place at Wembley Stadium in London:
He has also described how he's intending to make an example of Miller, per Sky Sports: "It will be an exciting fight, I will leave nothing to chance, and plan on dismantling Miller in style to make my mark."
Putting an emphatic defeat on "Big Baby" Miller will be no easy task, especially with home advantage on the latter's side.
Brooklyn native Miller also boasts an unbeaten record, even though he has had trouble keeping his weight down, tipping the scales at over 300 pounds during wins over Gerald Washington and Mariusz Wach.
There is no denying his punching power, evidenced by 20 career knockouts.
However, not everybody is impressed by the choice of opponent for Joshua's first bout Stateside:
The biggest name on Jarrell Miller’s CV is Tomasz Adamek, the 31st ranked heavyweight on BoxRec. In his last bout, he fought Bogdan Dinu who's ranked 56th. He will now step into the ring with Anthony Joshua for the WBA, WBO, IBO and IBF world heavyweight titles. https://t.co/xXtkl1KaVi
Even so, Joshua seems aware of the challenge, dubbing Miller "a good boxer and a brilliant talker."
Respect hasn't always flowed both ways, though. Miller has been putting his gift of the gab to use by attempting to rile Joshua, labelling the unified champion a "punk" who is "standing in the way" of his dreams. "On June 1, he's getting run the hell over," Miller said.
It's big talk, but stopping Joshua is another matter entirely. He is 22-0, including 21 knockouts, for his career so far, with the most recent win a seventh-round KO of Alexander Povetkin delivered at Wembley back in September.
There have been concerns about how stiff moving Joshua can be, with foot speed also an issue. However, the champion will need to rely on his reach and improve his jab to keep Miller on the back foot.
Joshua proved against Povetkin how well he can work the body, but he may have trouble wearing down Miller the same way.
Putting up a big win on American soil is the next logical progression in Joshua's career. If he succeeds, his dominance of the heavyweight division will be beyond disp