Handicappers have made Anthony Joshua at least an 8-1 favorite over Jarrell Miller. Deontay Wilder thinks those experts have underestimated Miller, who’ll challenge Joshua for his heavyweight titles June 1 at Madison Square Garden in New York. The unbeaten WBC heavyweight champion is convinced that the 6-feet-4, 315-pound Miller can upset the 6-feet-6, 245-pound Joshua when they meet in a DAZN main event for the English icon’s IBF, IBO, WBA and WBO titles.
Miller is a tough volume puncher who has displayed a reliable chin, sturdy enough, according to Wilder, to withstand Joshua’s power for 12 rounds and win a decision.
“I think he’s got a good chance,” Wilder told BoxingScene.com. “I do. I don’t think Joshua has a tough style to fight against. I mean, you done seen many of his previous opponents – you know, if it wasn’t for the ref, we probably could’ve seen different results in the fight. Especially in the [Joseph] Parker fight, that referee was horrible. That was horrible. The [Carlos] Takam fight, too. But I do give Jarrell a chance to beat him, especially if he can get him to the stage of where [Joshua] gets real fatigued, like Klitschko had him, on the ropes.
“I think if he gets fatigued, Jarrell will finish him off. I can see Jarrell winning by points and maybe even, you know, sneaking in there and knocking him out. But I can see Joshua knocking him out for sure. I can see him knocking [Miller] out more than I can see him winning on points. But I can see Jarrell Miller winning by decision and I can see Anthony Joshua winning by knockout.”