Heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua has come under scrutiny for not facing his main opponents.
Joshua’s New York press conference for his fight with Jarrell Miller was a lively affair with the challenger pushing the champion across the stage during their face-off and the pair then engaged in plenty of personal trash talk.
After about 40 minutes of dramatics, Miller took his leave while AJ stayed put to continue answering questions from the media.
However, the fact that he is yet to face main heavyweight rivals Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury drew a strong response from the WBA, IBF and WBO champion.
When asked about his rivals, Joshua responded: “Just give me time, I’ll beat them all. I’ve done what they’ve been dreaming to do in half the time, a quarter of the time. What’s Wilder had, 40 fights? Fury’s been professional for 11 years, had one good win against Klitschko and now he’s a boxing god.
“I’ve come up and fought everyone since my 16th fight, in the space of four to five years, so I haven’t really got to come out here and prove anything. Stats and facts show it.”
Anthony Joshua will defend his WBA, WBO and IBF titles against Jarrell Miller on June 1.
Meanwhile, Deontay Wilder is now 40-0-1 with his best win coming against Luis Ortiz and Tyson Fury is also more experienced at 27-0-1 – however his record rivals AJ’s because he’s also beaten Klitschko and arguably Deontay Wilder too.
“If you can’t see it, then I can’t preach to the blind,” Joshua continued, “I am that I am and I walk how I walk.
“Miller’s just someone else in my way and once I beat Wilder next after him – If they can’t respect it then, then there’s nothing more I can do.
“I just carry on fighting for the passion and the love of it really.”
By Olukayode Oniwinde