Following his explosive 7th round destruction of fellow prospect Dillian Whyte in December, Anthony Joshua (15-0 15KOs) will be back in the ring on the 9th of April at The O2.
His opponent remains unannounced, though many believe it will be a British showdown with Dereck Chisora for the now-vacant EBU heavyweight title.
The only issue with that theory is this: Is Eddie Hearn prepared to risk his prize asset so soon after he was wobbled with ease by Dillian Whyte in the 2nd round? The man that could supposedly beat any of Klitschko, Fury, Haye and Wilder became the man that needs more time – in spite of the stoppage.
Interestingly, Sky Sports chose to pick up quotes from American prospect Jarrell Miller (15-0-1 13KOs), before giving a bit of background information about the former kick-boxer. They then went on to claim he wanted a showdown with Anthony Joshua (which he didn’t really say in such words). Miller said of the heavyweight division:
“I mean, these guys are mediocre and nobody got no flare to them. Know what I mean? Deontay [Wilder] talk a good one but he’s boring – just corny to me.
“Everybody feels the same way and he’s just fighting top 15 or top 20 guys and it’s just like, ‘whatever.’
“I’m not a big fan of Anthony Joshua, either. I’m going to break his jaw. Nobody stands out to me or has any real flair. So this is my coming-out year, period.”
Why would Sky bother picking up those quotes? As of yet, Miller is yet to do or achieve anything remotely spectacular. Could it be possible that Matchroom is lining up the American for April, given that he represents far less of a risk than Chisora? With the mouth and record the American has and the following Joshua is building, Eddie Hearn would have no problem flogging tickets to the general public.
New York-based Miller has a bout with Donovan Dennis (12-2-0) to overcome this evening though his last four contests have gone only a combined seven rounds.
Do not be surprised if April isn’t a blockbuster showdown. The Chisora fight would provide a great test for Joshua if he is serious about moving up to world level in the coming months, but it may be a step too far too soon.
Miller is unbeaten, young, hungry and far more sellable than other potential opponents such as Johann Duhaupas, so you can expect to see him on British soil in the near future.