Miller Not Interested In Traveling To Bulgaria
After Kubrat Pulev welcomed to Jarrell Miller to Bulgaria, the two sides are still attempting to finalize a deal to face of in an IBF title eliminator.
Epic Sports won the purse bid to crown a mandatory challenger for Anthony Joshua’s IBF title, and much like Joshua’s issues with Deontay Wilder, location has become the issue.
Miller’s promoter Dmitry Salita claims that his fighter is in no way interested in traveling to Bulgaria where Epic Sports is looking to stage the fight.
“Jarrell is interested in a fight with Pulev, but not in Sofia,” Salita exclusively told Sky Sports. “We’re still in discussions about that fight.
“From what I understand, they’ve had some discussions about not doing the fight in the United States. I think there is an openness to it, but obviously they would have to comment on that.
“Jarrell wants meaningful fights. He wants to fight the best fighters in the world, he wants to progress his career. As a result of the last fight, when he beat Johann Duhaupas, he became the mandatory to fight the winner of Charr-Oquendo, so that is something that we’re interested in.”
Miller may not even need to be a mandatory challenger to get a shot at Joshua, as Eddie Hearn previously stated that the New York Native would be near the top of the list for Joshua’s U.S. debut
“There was also talk about Jarrell fighting Anthony Joshua. Anthony was rumored to come to the United States for his US debut,” Salita said.
“It was something that I believe [promoter] Eddie (Hearn) and Jarrell talked about right after his last win, which was a very impressive win. As we see in boxing, things changes from day to day.”
Jeanette Salazar, director of PR for the governing body claimed that they’re awaiting to hear back from the two sides, before looking towards another name in the rankings.
“If Miller were to pull out, then we would go back to the ratings, and then we would go in order and it would be the first leading available contender,” Salazar said.
“Miller has 15 days from when he receives the contract to either accept the offer or turn it down, so from what we are aware of, the purse bid was on the 25th, he was sent a contract on the 26th, so we’re still within that 15-day period.”
Initial Report: Sky Sports