Joshua will put his IBF, WBA "super" and WBO heavyweight titles on the line in Madison Square Garden against "Big Baby" Miller on June 1, live on Sky Sports Box Office, in his USA debut.
The 29-year-old Joshua is 6-6 and generally fights in the mid-240s, so Miller will likely have more than a 60-pound weight advantage. It has been an honour and a blessing to fight at some of the best venues in the World at home in the United Kingdom, not least Wembley Stadium, but the time has come to head across the Atlantic and defend my Heavyweight titles in the USA.
Anthony Joshua's decision to fight in Jarrell Miller's home city of NY is "risky", according to promoter Eddie Hearn, but will lead to him making a "major statement".
"I will be fighting at the legendary Madison Square Garden".
"The good news for Miller is that he gets this fight in his back yard".
"AJ is making a huge mistake coming over here to fight me in my own backyard", said Miller. Its dog eat dog in the ring and this dog has got a bigger bite, he'll be leaving NY empty-handed.
Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn, who has been criticised for the delay in finalising his latest fight, added: "When you look at the heavyweight greats that have graced the renowned "Mecca of Boxing", the names of Ali, Frazier, Marciano and Tyson stand firm and June 1 will be when the world will witness AJ's turn". There was a reason - he wanted this fight and he has got his wish. Bizarrely he has an unbelievable work-rate as well.
Fans for years have clamored for a Joshua-Wilder fight, and a Joshua-Fury fight would be massive in the U.K. If Joshua defeats Miller, he'd keep alive one of those bouts in the near term. "It has probably come earlier than we expected but he goes there on June 1, and it will be a major statement to the world".
The IBF, WBO and WBA heavyweight champion has been forced to give up on his hopes of a unification fight against WBC belt holder Deontay Wilder, with the Bronze Bomber on the verge of announcing a highly anticipated rematch with Tyson Fury. I'm going to be travelling over to NY on June 1. Miller is from Brooklyn.
Miller is not recognised as one of the world's leading heavyweights but has been in contention to fight Joshua for the past year.