Joshua has image problem — Miller
Jarrell Miller says “posh ” world champion Anthony Joshua has an “ image problem ” as the pair prepare to meet at Madison Square Garden on 1 June . Joshua , 29 , will defend his IBF, WBA and WBO titles against unbeaten American Miller . Miller believes Joshua ’ s claims of “ being a thug ” are not true because of his home counties upbringing. “ He is from an area not known for being tough , ” Miller told BBC Radio 5 live ’ s Boxing with Costello and Bunce podcast . “ He is just talking himself up but people love you being real . ” Brooklyn - born Miller , 30 , grew up in a “rough broken home ” and says he took up combat sports to defend himself after being attacked in the street. Joshua , meanwhile , was raised in Hertfordshire but , until the age of 14 , lived on Watford ’ s Meriden estate — one of the town ’s most deprived areas . Miller has previously suggested Joshua had benefitted from a privileged route to success , to which his opponent responded by saying , “I got banned from the area I was growing up in because I was getting into too much trouble . “ The state of my hands — this isn ’ t from boxing , this is from street fighting . I ’ ve changed my whole lifestyle around . ”
Both fighters are unbeaten and Miller — who is nicknamed “ Big Baby ” — says he will show his “grit ” before claiming victory on home territory . Miller — likely to be Joshua ’ s heaviest professional opponent having weighed 22st 7 lbs for his last contest — said, “I ’ m more intelligent than AJ , but sometimes I come across as arrogant because I ’ m a warrior. “ There is no such thing as being humble at war . “ The mental focus is about picturing the aftermath, but before I get to the glory, I have to show the grit ."