EXCLUSIVE: Jarrell Miller is aiming for a fight against Anthony Joshua at the O2 Arena later this year if the Brit loses to Oleksandr Usyk in August… but Derek Chisora and Dillian Whyte are more likely opponents
- Jarrell Miller is aiming for a fight against rival Anthony Joshua later this year
- Promoter Dmitry Salita says this would only happen if AJ loses to Oleksandr Usyk
- Salita reveals more likely targets are Brits Dillian Whyte and Derek Chisora
- Miller, 34, is fighting again after serving a retroactive two-year drug ban
Jarrell Miller’s promoter has revealed that he is targeting a fight against him Anthony Joshua later this year.
However, Dmitry Salita concedes that a clash would only come about if the former champion loses their rematch on August 20 Oleksandr Usyk.
‘Big Baby’ was scheduled to fight Joshua at Madison Square Garden in 2019 before he was forced to withdraw just six weeks earlier after failing multiple drug tests Andy Ruiz Jr replaces him.
Jarrell Miller (right) is aiming for a match against Anthony Joshua (left) later this year
Promoter Dmitry Salita admits the fight would only happen if Joshua loses to Oleksandr Usyk (left) in August
The American, who received a retrospective two-year ban in December 2020 after testing positive for another banned substance before a scheduled fight against Jerry Forrest in July of that year, returned to the ring in June when he defeated Ariel Bracamonte on points defeated.
Miller is determined to remain active upon his return, with another fight on Saturday against little-known Derek Cardenas, who has lost his last three bouts on spin.
Assuming the 34-year-old emerges victorious again, Salita has revealed he will be looking to bring the heavyweight division to Britain, with a fight against Joshua the ultimate goal.
Joshua suffered his first defeat of his career when Ruiz Jr replaced Miller three years ago before becoming a two-time unified champion later this year in Saudi Arabia with an impressive unanimous decision victory over the Mexican.
Joshua suffered his first career loss when Andy replaced Ruiz Jr. Miller for their 2019 fight
The Brit became a two-time Unified Heavyweight Champion when he won the rematch on points
The 32-year-old now faces another crucial rematch on August 20, again in Saudi Arabia, after losing his WBA, WBO and IBF belts to a masterful Usyk in September last year.
Salita concedes Joshua is likely to fight heavyweight rival Tyson Fury should he defeat the Ukrainian but believes a clash between the former rivals would make sense if not.
Miller recently landed on British soil when he joined the Fury camp before the Gypsy King recorded a stunning stoppage win over Dillian Whyte at Wembley in April and ‘The Body Snatcher’ is now a target for the American too.
Salita insisted that both Whyte, who needs a win after suffering a third career loss, and Derek Chisora, following the veteran’s split-decision win over Kubrat Pulev, are more realistic opponents for Miller.
Chisora has admitted his time in the spotlight is coming to an end and cites Deontay Wilder as a potential opponent as the 38-year-old looks to end his career battling the division’s best.
Miller, who fights on Saturday after returning to the ring against Ariel Bracamonte in June, landed on British soil earlier this year when he joined the Tyson Fury camp
More realistic targets for the American include Derek Chisora (left) and Dillian Whyte (right).
Wilder’s manager Shelly Finkel has since ruled out Chisora as a possible opponent, but Fury – who has beaten Del Boy twice – recently called out the heavyweight for a third encounter.
“I thought Derek did absolutely fantastic [against Kubrat Pulev]. However, me and Derek Chisora used to be buddies. I went to Monaco to support him. I went to Hamburg to support him,” said Fury talkSPORT fight night.
“Then when I have a fight, he says, ‘I choose the other one.’ So Derek Chisora can kiss my ass and if I see him I’ll smack his face.
“Derek Chisora, if you’re out there and want to fight, come and see me. I’ve blasted you twice already and I’ll do it again you little prat,” Fury added.