TWICKENHAM, United Kingdom — Anthony Joshua promised Jarrell Miller that he will “strip him of his soul” when he defends his world heavyweight titles in response to taunts that he was a “posh” champion.
I’m going to strip him of his soul in that ring
British boxer Joshua will fight in the United States for the first time when he defends his International Boxing Federation, World Boxing Association and World Boxing Organization crowns at Madison Square Garden in the challenger’s home city of New York on 1 June.
It will be a clash between two unbeaten boxers, with Joshua boasting a record of 21 knockouts in 22 wins compared to Miller’s mark of 23-0-1, with 20 knockouts.
The pair already held a testy press conference in New York last week, with Miller proclaiming Joshua a “fraud” and “a pussy.”
Monday’s event was relatively restrained until Miller suggested London’s Joshua had had things “easy.”
“I’ve still got 10 years left in the sport,” Joshua said. “I don’t know anything else. I like to knock people out and beat people up.”
Former Olympic champion Joshua largely avoided the kind of “trash talk” common in the promotion of many boxing bouts but he appeared riled Monday, particularly when Miller said Tyson Fury was now the talk of the British heavyweight scene.
Miller, making mock snoring noises during Joshua’s opening remarks, said: “The facial can’t fight for him, the fans can’t fight for him, he’s not the popular one, all I hear is Tyson Fury now, he (Joshua) is a sucker.”
But Joshua said: “I’m going to strip him of his soul in that ring. I’m going to reconstruct his face and his body on 1 June.”