Joshua Would’ve Fought PED-filled Miller
Despite all the criticisms for Jarrell Miller after he failed three drug tests, forcing the cancelation of his June 1 heavyweight title bout with WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO champion Anthony Joshua, Joshua says he would have had no problem facing Miller.
Miller tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs three times with three different results — including positive tests for Endurobol, EPO and HGH — forcing the New York State Athletic Commission to refuse to license him to fight. Had he still received a license, Joshua claims he still would have fought Miller and, despite having a disadvantage in size, would have beat him.
I would’ve fought Miller on PEDs. Because it’s a fight at the end of the day. It is what it is. I don’t think he can beat me.
“What Miller chooses to do or the governing body chooses has nothing to do with me,” Joshua told IFL TV. “As long as I can crack on and do my job, I don’t think he can beat me on PEDs anyway. It would’ve been a good fight. It would’ve been a tough fight. Yeah, because when I was sparring, I had some physical, big guys weighing about 300 pounds. They’re good on the inside, heavy, you can’t move them, stuff like that.”
Joshua says the bout not coming to fruition is ultimately disappointing because he was hoping to make Miller pay for all the trash talk towards him. For the better part of a year, the two have traded words, and they nearly came to blows at a DAZN introductory press conference in New York last year, where Miller shoved Joshua on stage.
“I was looking forward to punishing him,” Joshua said. “But look, it if was a fight that was to go ahead, I wouldn’t turn down an opportunity to fight anyone. Do you know what I mean? So yeah, why not? Be optimistic about the situation.”
Joshua added if the opportunity to fight Miller comes along again, he’d be very open to taking it.
Joshua will now defend his unified titles against Andy Ruiz Jr. on June 1 at New York’s Madison Square Garden, marking the British heavyweight champion’s U.S. debut.
Original Story: Boxing Scene