Anthony Joshua: Jarrell Miller replacement candidate claims Brit 'is not the top heavyweight'

Friday, April 19th, 2019 11:14am

By James Gray @jamestingray

Anthony Joshua does not stand out from the other two top heavyweights in the world, according to the man who could end up fighting him in June.

Joshua is slated to make his US debut in New York against Jarrell Miller on June 1 but 'Big Baby' has had his boxing licence revoked after returning an adverse finding in a drugs test last month.

The Brit's camp say they will announce a new opponent early next week and Love Sport understands Michael Hunter is high up the list of potential replacements.

However, he does not think that he will be getting in the ring with the world's best heavyweight - because Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury are still more than a match for him.

"There are a handful of guys who should all be competing with each other and can make great fights happen. But I don't think he stands out as the top one," Hunter told Love Sport Drive with Richard Lee and Patrick Christys (weekdays 3.30pm-7pm).

The majority of Hunter's professional wins have come at cruiserweight along with his only defeat, to the great Oleksandr Usyk.

However, he has dispatched heavyweights Martin Bakole and Alexander Ustinov inside the distance in his last two fights and has emerged as a leading candidate to face Joshua at short notice.

"I like the sound of [the AJ fight]. It's heavyweight boxing so any time you get to that weight class everybody has dynamite in their hands," Hunter added.

"I've been training all my life for fights like this so I would not miss the chance to fight Anthony Joshua.

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"I respect him because he's won a gold medal, he's done amazing things in the pro game and he's big and strong. He has a lot of people behind him.

"He's a great fighter and he has accomplished a lot of things. The things that people do say about him is that he is a little green in certain areas and he is still learning.

"But he is always willing to learn so that's always a good thing. If I fight him, it's definitely going to be a test and all the truths will come out."

Joe Joyce, Joseph Parker and Hunter are all said to be in the running but New Yorker Adam Kownacki, who would have been an ideal replacement on account of his local credentials, has ruled himself out of the running.

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