Hearn Outlines Joshua’s U.S. Debut
While Deontay Wilder is claiming that he should be the next to face Anthony Joshua if he gets past Joseph Parker on March 31st, Eddie Hearn has a different idea.
The Matchroom promoter told Boxing Scene prior to a press conference on Tuesday that Jarrell Miller, and not Deontay Wilder is the next man up if both Joshua and Miller can get through their next fights.
Miller is set for a showdown with France’s Johann Duhaupas on April 28th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, which Hearn calls a “50-50 fight,” but sees “Big Baby” as the opponent for Joshua’s debut in the United States, which Hearn claims will be at Barclays Center.
“He’s the guy,” Hearn said of Miller. “When you look at the promotion and an American to fight in [his] backyard, Jarrell Miller is absolutely spot on. But I think him against Duhaupas is a complete 50-50 [fight], in terms of his recent performances. I didn’t think [Miller] was at his best against [Mariusz] Wach [on November 11]. But at the same time, it’s hard to look great against Wach. And he stopped Wach as well, so that was an impressive victory.”
“[Joshua-Miller] is the fight that we will look to make in August. And I’m already in talks with [the Barclays Center’s] Brett Yormark, that all being well on March 31st, New York is the venue for Anthony Joshua’s next fight.”
“If that’s not against Deontay Wilder, Jarrell Miller will be the guy if he can get the win against Duhapuas. That’s the plan.”
While many are wanting to see Joshua battle WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder next, Hearn feels like there needs to be a bridge to gap a fight of that magnitude.
“Like I said, if it’s not Deontay Wilder, which I can’t see that fight happening anytime immediately, Jarrell is the guy,” Hearn said.
“For Anthony Joshua to come to Brooklyn, and fight a kid out of Brooklyn for the world heavyweight title, that’s a big fight. But we need the excuse from Jarrell for people to say, ‘That’s a good fight.’ And that will come with a dominant victory against Duhaupas, if he can get it. … I think it’s a very tough fight for Jarrell Miller. But if he can look good and he can win, I’m ready to give him a shot.”