Miller and Joshua had been scheduled to face each other in June 2019, however, the American tested positive for multiple performance-enhancing drugs and was denied a license to box by the New York State Athletic Commission.
As a result, Andy Ruiz Jr stepped in and shocked the world on short notice as he handed AJ his first defeat in the paid ranks. In the build-up to Joshua-Miller fans were wildly entertained by a colourful press conference, heated stare-down and a Gloves Are Off episode that was so awkward it never got released.
Now, three years later, after serving his ban, Big Baby is back, and Sam Jones is confident that a fight between the pair ‘gets crowds back on side’ with Joshua.
Speaking to Express Sport, he said: “Jarrell Miller, yes, he shouldn’t be boxing but he is. There’s unfinished business there. There was a spicy build-up last time, we didn’t quite get to see the Gloves Are Off. But that is the perfect fight for Anthony Joshua to get the crowds all back on side, pack the O2 Arena out and beat the life out of Jarrell Miller.
“I’ll tell you right now, so you’ve got Jarrell Miller, beat the breaks off him then go and fight Dillian Whyte in a rematch which he will be the favourite in, then fight Deontay Wilder that sells out Wembley Stadium, then you can fight Joe Joyce in Nigeria, two people with Nigerian heritage, massive, massive fight.
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“And then, an all-British heavyweight title fight with Tyson Fury. It does work, Anthony Joshua against Tyson Fury is still a great fight. It’s still relevant no matter what anybody says because if that fight got even made next it would pack out any stadium in the world, mark my words.”
Joshua has repeatedly spoken about staying active and the fight plan put forth by Jones certainly ensures that. According to promoter Eddie Hearn, the Watford powerhouse will return to the ring in December against a currently undisclosed opponent.
There have been multiple calls from fans to make the rematch with Whyte and the long-awaited Wilder clash but a left-field collision with Miller may also suffice.