Negotiations for a highly anticipated rematch between Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte have hit a roadblock, prompting discussions for an alternative opponent. In light of this, American heavyweight Jarrell Miller is being considered as a potential replacement for the bout. Miller, whose career was derailed in 2019 due to a positive test for banned substances, has since resumed fighting and has garnered the attention of Joshua’s team.
Promoter Dmitriy Salita, representing Miller, has confirmed their interest in arranging a fight against Joshua. Despite the breakdown in talks with Whyte, Joshua is still expected to make his return to the ring at The O2 on August 12, keeping boxing enthusiasts eager for his upcoming appearance. Enhance your boxing viewing experience with attractive betting odds from Nextbet.
In the aftermath of the failed negotiations with Joshua, Whyte expressed doubts about his British rival’s commitment to a rematch. Speculation has arisen that Joshua may have his sights set on a lucrative bout with Deontay Wilder in the Middle East later this year. Whyte questioned the seriousness of Joshua’s intentions, implying that the potential financial rewards of a fight against Wilder could be influencing Joshua’s decision-making.
“Whyte had shared with Sky Sports, “I don’t think that they’re serious about the fight. They’re worrying about the fight and I don’t blame them. If he’s going to get £50m to fight Wilder in Saudi in December, it just baffles me. Why would they take a chance fighting me? It doesn’t make sense. So I’m not surprised, to be honest.”
While Miller’s positive trajectory in the sport since his return cannot be ignored, his tainted past raises questions about his eligibility and suitability as an opponent. However, Salita remains steadfast in his efforts to secure the fight for Miller, hoping that the opportunity to face Joshua will provide redemption and a chance to showcase his abilities in the ring.
Miller’s recent victories, including a notable stoppage of Lucas Browne in March, have added to his impressive unbeaten record of 27 fights. If he manages to secure the fight against Joshua, it would be a significant milestone in his career and a chance to prove himself on a global stage once again.
As the discussions unfold and the search for an opponent continues, fans eagerly anticipate the confirmation of Joshua’s next challenger. Whether it will be Jarrell Miller stepping into the ring or another contender altogether, the boxing world remains captivated by the possibilities that lie ahead in the highly competitive heavyweight division. Get the latest updates from the world of boxing only on Nextbet Sports.