Lewis Unimpressed with Joshua-Miller
Put former undisputed heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis on the list of people disappointed in Anthony Joshua’s next title defense.
Joshua will defend the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight titles against Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller on June 1 at New York’s Madison Square Garden. The bout will mark Joshua’s U.S. debut.
Joshua was originally set to defend the unified heavyweight title on April 13 at Wembley Stadium in London, England. Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn, Joshua’s promoter, attempted to secure three other unbeaten fighters as potential challengers: WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, former unified heavyweight champion Tyson Fury and current WBC Silver and WBO international heavyweight champion Dillian Whyte.
Lewis solely puts all the blame for failing to secure a deal with any of these men on Hearn.
“I don’t think it was complicated to make the Wilder fight, they were in the best spot possible to dictate exactly what they wanted,” Lewis said. “They cannot cry over spilled milk and say ‘oh I wish I could have got the fight.’ They could have got the fight but they did not take advantage of their position. It’s a situation where they have to know what is going on in their business.
The fact Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury are going to fight again has got everyone excited, they want to see that match-up and that has left Anthony Joshua out in the cold and it’s just down to bad decisions from his promoter.
Lewis feels Miller does not present as tough a challenge as the other three men would, and he expected Joshua to have a more quality opponent for his U.S. debut. He added that he feels Miller’s confrontation of Joshua at a DAZN press conference in July was all a set-up to get this bout to happen.
“I am with everybody else in this case, I wanted to see a better fight,” Lewis said. “When Anthony came to America last year and Miller came up and crashed his press conference, I thought that was big set-up and I was not fooled by it. I have only seen Miller fight once but I guess it’s the easy sort of fight they want to have in America and then go home. It’s not really a fight that will test Anthony.
Miller is just an up-and-coming heavyweight who is trying to make himself known to the world. But no one really knows him in America and they don’t know him too well in England either.
Original Story: Boxing Scene