Anthony Joshua heard Jarrell Miller call him an Uncle Tom, a drug dealer, a pothead and worse, Tuesday.
By the time they went their separate ways at Madison Square Garden, the unbeaten British superstar understandably had endured enough of the loquacious contender from Brooklyn. They’ll promote their June 1 fight at The Garden through the end of this week in the United States, and again in London next week.
For Joshua, these promotional stops will be regular exercises in self control because as much as Miller obviously doesn’t like him, the feeling definitely is mutual.
Joshua just can’t understand why Miller is so angry at him, especially when you consider Miller’s complete compensation package for their heavyweight title fight is approximately $6.5 million.
“These boys are getting a lot out of the pot in order to fight,” Joshua told a group of reporters before a press conference Tuesday at The Garden.
“So that’s always gonna be enticing him to fight. It’ll raise his profile, but all in all, June 2nd he’ll be irrelevant.
“So, it doesn’t matter how much he wanted this fight.
“I just think if you cut Jarrell in half, he’s just a negative person, a foul person, and don’t have much good to say about anyone or anything.
“So, if you ask Jarrell Miller about anything, he’s probably gonna talk sh*t. That’s just how he is, isn’t it?
“So with this fight, I just feel like he’ll say what he has to say because it’s just current.
“When you see Jarrell, ask him about Dillian [Whyte], ask him about [Deontay] Wilder, ask him about [Luis] Ortiz, ask him about [Dominic] Breazeale, he will tell you the same thing across – never something positive about any fighter.
“So, if you cut Jarrell Miller in half, he’s just a disease, just a rotten disease. There’s nothing positive about him.”
The 6-feet-6, 245-pound Joshua (22-0, 21 KOs) has been installed as an 8-1 favorite over the 6-feet-4, 315-pound Miller (23-0-1, 20 KOs). DAZN will stream their 12-round fight, with Joshua’s IBF, IBO, WBA and WBO titles on the line.
EDITED FROM: boxingscene.com