American heavyweight contender Jarrell ‘Big Baby’ Miller 23-0-1 (20) insists that “posh” unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua 22-0 (21) has an “image problem”.
The WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight champion will defend his titles against Miller at Madison Square Garden in New York City in his US debut on June 1.
The 30-year-old Miller mocked Joshua for his upbringing, claiming the Hertfordshire native, who moved to Watford’s Meriden estate at 14, was not raised in a “tough” area.
“He is from an area not known for being tough,” Miller said on BBC Radio 5 live’s Boxing with Costello and Bunce podcast.
“He is just talking himself up but people love you being real.”
Miller, who was born and bred in Brooklyn, said he took up fighting for self-defence after being attacked in the street.
“I got banned from the area I was growing up in because I was getting into too much trouble,” Miller said.
“The state of my hands – this isn’t from boxing, this is from street fighting. I’ve changed my whole lifestyle around.”
Miller, who regularly weighs in for his fights around 300-pounds, will likely be Joshua’s heaviest opponent to date. But Miller insists it won’t be his size that gets him the win but rather his ring smarts.
“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,” Miller continued.
“The mental focus is about picturing the aftermath, but before I get to the glory, I have to show the grit.”