Anthony Joshua shows interest to fight well-respected #3 WBC Luis ‘King Kong’ Ortiz (30-1, 26 KOs) if he doesn’t get fights against Deontay Wilder or Tyson Fury. He is going to defend against Miller on June 1 at Madison Square Garden in New York. Anthony Joshua has already considered this fight a win and he is looking for opportunities for his next fight.
IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Joshua (22-0, 21 Kos) wants to unify the division by fighting WBC champion Wilder (40-0-1, 39 KOs). In case that doesn’t happen, and a match against Fury is also a no-go, he would want to fight Oritz.
The tricky part is, Joshua doesn’t show any intent of fighting Dillian Whyte. Maybe because he doesn’t consider him worthy or perhaps Whyte has priced himself out of reach. There is a possibility Joshua is weighing boxing fans’ opinions before he commits.
However, with all this Eddie Hearn, Joshua’s promoter, doesn’t seem too impressed. He badly want this fight to happen. Hearn promotes both Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte. It would certainly suit him and his promotional company Matchroom Sport.
Joshua said to the Breakfast Club Power 105.1 FM;
“It’s a perfect move to come to the USA to fight at MSG, he’s [Jarrell Miller] from Brooklyn, New York. It made sense to fight here. I establish myself here. We then look straight at Luis Ortiz, if Wilder and Fury isn’t ready, because my strategy was to fight Wilder in April, but he wasn’t interested.”
Many feel Anthony Joshua, 29, should be fighting Ortiz on June 1 instead of the American Jarrell Miller. Hardcore boxing fans want to see Oritz instead of Miller against Joshua. Miller has faced some weaker opponents to develop his inflated resume that’s why he looked better than he actually is. So far it’s pretty clear that it Hearn wanted Joshua to fight Miller on June 1 rather than anybody else. Hearn recently signed a co-promotional deal with ‘Big Baby’ Miller. This immediately put him on the list of future opponents for Joshua. Once Joshua beats Miller, he will further look to face more serious opponents.
Anthony Joshua said;
“So now we’ve come to the States to show that if you don’t want to do it on our turf [the UK], then we can come here and box on your turf.”
Joshua further said about Wilder.
“So it’s a power move just as well as a passionate move as he love for the sport. Once I get ‘Big Baby’ out of the way, if Wilder and Fury still aren’t interested, because they’re blacklisting me, they don’t want me to be leading the pack, as such, in terms of negotiations, which is weird to me, because there’s enough for everyone to eat, then I can look straight at Luis Ortiz. That’s the next guy that I feel like, once I’ve broken the market in the USA, that’s a good fighter to fight,”