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Jarrell Miller: I want to retire Anthony Joshua

Miller eyeing Joshua clash ahead of Browne battle

Jarrell Miller insists he still wants to settle his rivalry with Anthony Joshua Photo Credit: Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing
Jarrell Miller insists he still wants to settle his rivalry with Anthony Joshua Photo Credit: Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing

Jarrell Miller admits a showdown with Anthony Joshua remains at the top of his hitlist, ahead of his return to the ring against Lucas Browne on Saturday.

Miller saw a lucrative meeting with then-world heavyweight champion, Joshua scrapped in 2019 after he failed multiple drugs tests in the lead-up, with ‘AJ’ going on to lose his belts to late-replacement Andy Ruiz Jr in one of the biggest upsets of all-time.

‘Big Baby’, who has had just two fights since his bout with Joshua was cancelled, insists he wants to retire the 33-year-old, who returns from back-to-back losses against Oleksandr Usyk, when he faces Jermaine Franklin on April 1.

Should he not secure his number one target, Miller is eyeing a bout with WBA ‘regular’ heavyweight champion, Daniel Dubois.

“My main thing right now is I want to punch Anthony Joshua in the face,” the 34-year-old told Big Media Buzz.

Miller saw a clash with Joshua cancelled after he failed multiple drugs tests Photo Credit: Ed Mulholland/Matchroom Boxing USA
Miller saw a clash with Joshua cancelled after he failed multiple drugs tests Photo Credit: Ed Mulholland/Matchroom Boxing USA

“That fight needs to still happen. I’m hoping he gets past Jermaine [Franklin].

“Hopefully we can get it on after this fight. I want to retire him.

“I want to break his will and his heart, his brain, his eye socket. And I still want to break his nose.

“That would definitely be the fight I want.

“But, if not, Daniel Dubois and his team have expressed interest in fighting. I would definitely fight him right after this for the WBA Regular title.

Joshua faces Franklin at the O2 Arena on April 1 Photo Credit: Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing
Joshua faces Franklin at the O2 Arena on April 1 Photo Credit: Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing

“Those are the only two fights I really care about, Daniel Dubois and Anthony Joshua.

“I am destined to be heavyweight champ of the world, hands down.

“Period. I just have to stay focused, stay relaxed and be my rambunctious, loud, dynamic self. I got to be me.”

The polarising Brooklyn man has fought just twice since 2018, stopping Derek Cardenas in four rounds in his last outing in July.

Miller is also keen to face WBA 'regular' heavyweight champion, Dubois Photo Credit: Queensberry Promotions
Miller is also keen to face WBA ‘regular’ heavyweight champion, Dubois Photo Credit: Queensberry Promotions

Miller says he will dispatch of Browne in the similar fashion when they square off in Dubai.

“I’m thinking it will go four rounds or less,” he said.

“I’m not trying to play with him and I’m not going to give him an opportunity to land that right hand.

“I see him as a slow starter who gets beat up a lot and then in seven or eight rounds, he lands a right hand that gets guys out of there.

Miller says he will knock out Browne in Dubai on Saturday Photo Credit: Big Media Buzz
Miller says he will knock out Browne in Dubai on Saturday Photo Credit: Big Media Buzz

“My goal is to not let it go 10 rounds. I got head movement and a good, stiff jab. Once I get him hurt, I will go in there and send him home.

“I’m definitely going to knock him out in the early rounds of the fight.

“It could be a combination or just one punch, but I know I’m going to stop him.”

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