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A.J ready to defend title in New York against Miller



ANTHONY  Joshua refuse to see his next opponent as a threat Miller might own an 83-percent knockout ratio, but Joshua obviously doesn’t consider the unbeaten Brooklyn native a legitimate threat to take his IBF, IBO, WBA and WBO heavyweight titles when they square off June 1 at The Garden.

“He’s slow, he’s not a puncher,” Joshua said, “like a gorilla back, ex-kickboxer, probably would be better off in the NFL, substance abuse, got caught on PEDs. I can’t really respect that, so talk is cheap. You know? And I’m just gonna back it up in the ring, so yeah, I don’t really have much to say.”

The 29-year-old Joshua (22-0, 21 KOs) said plenty while summing up his thoughts on Miller. Joshua’s PED reference was related to Miller testing positive for a banned substance in California while he was a professional kickboxer.

The British superstar continued by pointing out that he is much more tested against top opposition than Miller (23-0-1, 20 KOs). The 2012 Olympic gold medalist has beaten former champions Wladimir Klitschko, Joseph Parker and Alexander Povetkin in three of his past four fights.

The 6-feet-4, 315-pound Miller, 30, has defeated veterans Gerald Washington, Mariusz Wach, Johann Duhaupas, Tomasz Adamek and Bogdan Dinu since halting an 11-month layoff in July 2017. The 6-feet-6, 245-pound Joshua assures Miller that their fight will be more difficult than any of those bouts.

“With me, I think stats and facts don’t lie,” Joshua said. “Records have been broken here … my stats don’t lie, when you compare records. So it’s just jealousy, in my opinion. Just hate, for no reason. I respect my opponents. If they disrespect me, they get the worst of me as well, so it’s just negativity and hate in my opinion.”

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