Talks regarding a heavyweight clash in America between Anthony Joshua and Jarrell Miller are still ongoing. This is despite a recent warning by the American.
Miller had revealed an offer from a top NFL team to switch his allegiance to American Football. The ‘Big Baby’ then threatened to walk away from Joshua talks and accept.
Miller’s co-promoters Dmitriy Salita has given a brief update on conversations.
Despite Miller’s stern words, Salita says dialogue is progressing.
“We are moving in the right direction. Talks are taking place regarding a fight between Anthony Joshua and Jarrell Miller. I can tell you that we are having productive conversations,” Salita exclusively told World Boxing News.
“But close and far is the same in this kind of situation. There is no deal until it’s signed sealed and announced,” Salita added
On the back of Dillian Whyte confirming a rematch with Joshua ‘dead in the water’, Joshua has few options left.
A trip across the Atlantic to battle Miller seems to be the number target at this point in time. Although the whole situation has been interchangeable on almost a daily basis.
Heading to New York for Miller has been solidified by the leaking of a phone call between Joshua and a delivery person.
“I think we’re going to have to go to the States because I have done everything I can and everyone doesn’t want to fight, man. I think it’s about June time,” he said in the clip posted by the delivery person on YouTube.
Asked about Wembley, he replied: “I doubt it. The only thing I can think is if they’re trying to make me stop training and then two weeks out they’ll say ‘ yeah, we wanna fight’ and I’m two weeks out of preparation.
“They might try and catch me dry. Other than that, in my mind, I’m going to the States.
“It will be good though,” he added.
Further options included Kubrat Pulev, who is currently IBF mandatory for Joshua. WBN recently placed the Bulgarian as a solid alternative for either April 13 or beyond at Wembley Stadium.
Hearn could also make a bigger offer to Whyte, meaning three decent scenarios are reachable.
It’s a far cry from Deontay Wilder or Tyson Fury in the eyes of the vast majority of fans.
But with the two meeting in a second fight this spring or early summer, there’s not much else Joshua can do.
Wladimir Klitschko was even brought into the equation at one point. It’s rumored DAZN had put together a two or three fight package for the former world ruler.
This included the option to meet Joshua again in the future, although doesn’t solve the problems lying in Joshua’s immediate future.
It’s either Miller, Whyte or Pulev as things currently stand. With April 13 looking an improbable date for any AJ return.