Former WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker has revealed he will be backing Jarrell ‘Big Baby’ Miller to defeat unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua when the pair clash at Madison Square Garden in New York City on June 1.
The 27-year-old New Zealander lost his world title to Joshua in March last year, becoming the first boxer to last he distance with the 29-year-old Brit.
“I’m good friends with Miller, so it’s one of those fights where I hope it goes well and I hope he can pull it off, but it’s going to be a hard task, because Joshua is a champion. I’m just going to be interested as a heavyweight boxer and a fan of the sport,” Parker told Sky Sports.
Parker believe the outspoken American behemoth has already affected Joshua’s psyche after some outrageous comments both at the press conferences to announce the fight and on his social media accounts.
“I think he got under his skin. Miller is just playing the game, doing what he has to do. It’s just one of those things where it’s interesting for boxing,” said Parker.
The Kiwi spoke of his relationship with the 30-year-old Brooklynite, including the support he received ahead of his unification bout against Joshua at Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales.
“We get along well, we message each other, and I’m supporting him because he supported me when I had the Joshua fight,” said Parker.
“Both fighters are great fighters, and very respectful. It’s going to be good to see them matched in the ring.
“Yeah, I’ll be supporting Miller.”
On the subject of his next fight, Parker – who has been linked to a July match-up with Dereck Chisora – said he wouldn’t turn back the opportunity to face Tyson Fury.
“We’ll fight anyone,” said Parker. “I’ve got a lot of respect for Tyson and he is the man.
“But it comes down to boxing and if I want to be the best, I have to fight the best. I consider him one of the best in my generation as a heavyweight.
“Listen, I’ll fight him.”