Anthony Joshua’s former opponent Joseph Parker has come forward to show support to Jarrell Miller. The unified heavyweight champion beat Joseph Parker in March to win the WBO belt. Joshua is now preparing for the fight with Miller at Madison Square Garden on June 1.
Both the fighters came face to face earlier at a press conference in New York. At the conference, Miller shoved Joshua and heated things up. Parker says he shares a mutual respect with the Brooklyn-born Miller and wants to see him win.
“Boxing antics, and things happen all the time, and you’ve just got to take it how it is, I’m good friends with Miller, so it’s one of those fights where I hope it goes well, and I hope he can pull it off, but it’s going to be a hard task, because Joshua is a champion. I’m just going to be interested as a heavyweight boxer and a fan of the sport.
“I think he got under his skin. Miller is just playing the game, doing what he has to do. It’s just one of those things where it’s interesting for boxing.”
Joseph Parker also explained how Miller backed him before his own unification clash with Joshua at the Principality Stadium,
“We get along well, we message each other, and I’m supporting him because he supported me when I had the Joshua fight. We get along well, we message each other, and I’m supporting him because he supported me when I had the Joshua fight.
“But it comes down to boxing, and if I want to be the best, I have to fight the best. I consider him one of the best in my generation as a heavyweight.
“Listen, I’ll fight him.”