Joshua is hoping to become the undisputed heavyweight world champion in the next 12 months and fights WBO champion Joseph Parker at the end of March. The Brit will then want to move onto WBC champion Deontay Wilder, but Hearn has shot down hopes that heavyweight blockbuster could happen in the near future.
But, the Matchroom promoter is still planning for Joshua to make his ring debut in the US this year and is in talks with the Barclays Center in Brooklyn over AJ’s first fight in America. ‘While Deontay Wilder continues to live at a street address on ‘Fantasy Island,’ this (Joshua-Miller) is the fight that we will look to make in August,’ he told Boxing Scene. ‘I’m already in talks with (the Barclays Center’s) Brett Yormark that all being well on March 31st, New York is the venue for Anthony Joshua’s next fight. If that’s not against Deontay Wilder, Jarrell Miller will be the guy.
Wilder has insisted again and again he is ready to step into the ring with Joshua, but Hearn claims the fight will not happen until the American relents on some of his demands. ‘Like I said, if it’s not Deontay Wilder — (and) I can’t see that fight happening anytime immediately — Jarrell is the guy,’ Hearn said. ‘For Anthony Joshua to come to Brooklyn, and fight a kid out of Brooklyn for the world heavyweight title, that’s a big fight. But we need the excuse from Jarrell for people to say, ‘That’s a good fight’.