Anthony Joshua To Defend World Titles In US On June 1

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World heavyweight boxing champion, Anthony Joshua, will defend his WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO titles in United States of America, against Jarrell Miller on June 1, 2019.

It will be the first time the Nigerian-British born pound for pound boxer will fight in the US.  

Joshua, an undefeated champion, has abandoned his earlier plan to defend his title at Wembley, England, to fight Miller.

The 29-year-old had hoped to seal an agreement for a fight with Deontay Wilder, but turned to Miller after the WBC title holder secured a rematch with Tyson Fury.

“June 1 I’ll be travelling to MSG. New York City, the Big Apple,” Joshua said in a video posted to social media.

“I’m there to take a bite out of that and I’ll be competing against Jarrell Miller.

“Wembley is so close to my heart, it’s a great spot, a great location. I’ve fought in small halls, I’ve fought in arenas. And it’s been a humbling and a blessing to fight in those stadiums.

“But now it’s time for a change. The current state of the division was the undisputed championship of the world. 

“Myself and [Deontay] Wilder are the current active champions of the world. We were looking to get that fight on April 13 but things happened, boxing politics, I’m sure you guys are aware.

“So we had to branch out and look for other options. Miller came up. It’s an exciting fight, he’s an undefeated heavyweight.”

The fight will take place at the iconic Madison Square Garden, same day the final of the UEFA Champions League will be held in Madrid, Spain.

Miller, who is nicknamed “Big Baby”, is not known as one of the world’s leading heavyweights, but has been in contention to fight Joshua for a while now.

The 30-year-old, who is also undefeated in 24 professional fights with 23 wins and one draw, said:

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

 

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