By Michael Benson
Anthony Joshua appears to be closing in on a fight with Jarrell Miller next, as Dillian Whyte holds firm in negotiations.
The WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight world champion has resorted to his backup options for the next defence of his belts with Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury closing in on a rematch.
A second fight with old enemy Whyte was AJ’s third choice, however according to Ring Magazine that bout is now ‘dead’ for the originally booked date of April 13 at Wembley Stadium.
If a deal can be made, Joshua vs Whyte II could still happen at a later date, though it’s understood that the Brixton man wants a long training camp and there are now less than 11 weeks until April 13.
Negotiations are ongoing with the potential challenger seemingly unwilling to cave on his financial demands.
Meanwhile, Joshua has made Jarrell Miller an official offer for a US fight at Madison Square Garden on June 1/8, something the American confirmed publicly on Monday night.
“Recently yes, there’s been talks about it,” Miller told Ringside Reporter, “There was one offer that was made earlier today as a matter of fact.
“There’s talks about it, it’s just based on if Dillian Whyte doesn’t really want the fight.
“They said if they can make a deal with me then they’re gonna bypass Dillian Whyte and fight me in June.
“Dillian Whyte might miss an opportunity because he wants to be stubborn on certain numbers.”
“It’s not a bad offer… My ultimate goal is to get a title shot, I’m thinking about legacy first and then the money will come.”
In an interview with ESPN, Miller’s co-promoter Greg Cohen added that there has been “substantial movement” regarding the financial aspect of talks and that the two sides are now “under a million dollars apart” in desired fees.
As time progresses, it’s appearing evermore likely that Anthony Joshua will be heading stateside for his next fight, rather than defending his titles on home soil.