On Monday, Anthony Joshua released a video confirming that his Madison Square Garden debut will carry one without Jarrell Miller.
Miller, who was found to have failed three drug tests for three different banned substances, including EPO and HGH, had his license application denied last week by the New York State Athletic Commission.
“I didn’t want to talk too much about Jarrell Miller, because it is not in my character to knock a man when he’s down,” Joshua said in a YouTube video.
“There’s a lot of things he said previously in press conferences and build up, so I wanted to crack him in his jaw. But when you’re in that position, you have to lead by example, and I knew that weren’t the right thing to do,” Joshua continued.
“The lesson to learn here is that Karma works in various ways. And what goes around does come back around…I feel like he’s taken faith and blessings out of his own hands… Be respective and be appreciative and lead by example.”
“He doesn’t deserve to be in the ring with me or any other heavyweight right now.”
“These things happen in sport, that’s why I don’t get up in my feelings about what’s going on,” Joshua said following his promoter Eddie Hearn informing him of Miller’s test failures.
“We’re currently looking at options,” the unified champion said of who will face him June 1st. “I’m ready to slug it out whoever.”