Nigerian-born world heavyweight boxing champion, Anthony Olaseni Oluwafemi Joshua is another whirlwind of controversy with his next opponent, Jarrell Miller, as they are both tussling over venues for their training bass ahead of their June 1 fight in New York.
Joshua will defend his IBF, WBA and WBO titles against Miller at Madison Square Garden, New York and wants to spend part of his preparation time in the United States, but both fighters are eying sites in Miami.
Last week Joshua hinted at using Gleason’s Gym in Miller’s home borough of Brooklyn, New York, but the champion could now head to Florida, where Miller also plans to train.
However, ‘Big Baby’ Miller believes he has an edge over Joshua in that regard, since he is an American and insists he knows the terrain more than the British invader.
Miller joked: “It’s kind of corny, because he said he was going train in New York, so when I tell people I’m going to go to Florida, now he wants to go to Florida.
“I know Florida better than him. I know the top facilities around, so I have no problem.”
Joshua and the latest challenger to his world heavyweight championships met on Monday at a press conference in London which passed without any of the physicality that previously took place in New York last week.
Joshua said: “If I were to choose Brooklyn or Miami I would choose Miami, if I have anything to do with it.
“But whether it’s Brooklyn, Miami or a car garage, as long as there is a ring, a heavy ball, and space to skip. That’s what boxing is. You don’t need much.
“As long as I’ve got the basic necessities, I don’t mind where it is.”Nah, no respect, but I don’t want that. I don’t even need Miller’s respect. Even after I beat him, I don’t want his respect.
“You know how it is with me. You know me as a fighter. I’m not into shaking hands after the fight.
“Disrespect me now, you disrespect me for a lifetime. I’m petty, I hold grudges, but that’s just who I am, so I’m not looking for his respect one bit. He is, who he is, and I don’t even want to change him.”