Anthony Joshua Confirms Opponent, Set For US Debut

Anthony Joshua Confirms Opponent, Set For US Debut

Anthony Joshua Confirms Opponent, Set For US Debut

His promoter Eddie Hearn says a deal to fight NY native Miller is now close to completion and their Madison Square Garden showdown could be rubber-stamped before the end of the week.

Joshua's last title defence against Alexander Povetkin was screened on DAZN, but failed to draw a serious audience.

"Legacy is about creating iconic moments and Joshua in NY is an iconic moment".

Jarrell Miller punches Mariusz Wach during their Heavyweight bout at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Undefeated Jarrell Miller in action against Mariusz Wach in 2017 Credit Getty Images

Despite being the unified heavyweight champion of the world, Joshua has yet to fight in the USA.

Joshua was ringside for the Canelo Alvarez-Rocky Fielding fight, where Canelo scored a third-round KO to win a secondary world title at 168-pounds before a partisan crowd of 20,112, in a bout that Hearn co-promoted. In his last fight, Miller knocked out then-undefeated Bogdan Dinu in the fourth round on November 17.

But Hearn had issues closing a deal with Whyte, and Joshua also came around to the idea of boxing in the United States.

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The Russian is being considered as a potential opponent for Whyte, who has also expressed his desire to face either Dominic Breazeale or Luis Ortiz in a planned bout at The O2 on April 20. He had never shown much interest in leaving his home country - where he generates tens of millions of dollars for every fight.

Most of the money will be stumped up by Hearn's U.S. broadcast partner DAZN, while Joshua will also earn via United Kingdom pay-per-view sales on Sky Sports Box Office.

Alvarez knocked out Fielding in the third round to win a secondary super middleweight world title on December 15 at Madison Square Garden, where there was a wild crowd of 20,112 on hand. He knows he can expect a similar atmosphere because thousands of his British fans would likely make the trip to NY for the fight.

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DAZN will broadcast the fight, with Hearn, Joshua and Matchroom already signed to the streaming giant.

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