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Jarrell Miller targets Anthony Joshua at the O2 Arena later this year if AJ loses to Oleksandr Usyk

EXCLUSIVE: Jarrell Miller is targeting a fight against Anthony Joshua at the O2 Arena later this year if the Briton loses to Oleksandr Usyk in August… but Derek Chisora ​​and Dillian Whyte are more likely opponents

  • Jarrell Miller is targeting a fight against rival Anthony Joshua later this year
  • Promoter Dmitry Salita says it would only happen if AJ loses to Oleksandr Usyk
  • Salita reveals more likely targets are Britons Dillian Whyte and Derek Chisora
  • Miller, 34, is back fighting again after serving a backdated two-year drugs ban

Jarrell Miller’s promoter has revealed he is targeting a fight against Anthony Joshua later this year.

Dmitry Salita however admits a match-up would only transpire should the former champion lose his August 20 rematch against Oleksandr Usyk.

‘Big Baby’ was set to fight Joshua in 2019 at Madison Square Garden before he was forced to withdraw just six weeks beforehand after failing multiple drug tests, with Andy Ruiz Jr replacing him.

Jarrell Miller (right) is targeting a match-up against Anthony Joshua (left) later this year

Promoter Dmitry Salita admits the fight would only happen if Joshua loses to Oleksandr Usyk (left) in August

Promoter Dmitry Salita admits the fight would only happen if Joshua loses to Oleksandr Usyk (left) in August

The American, who received a backdated two-year ban in December 2020 having tested positive for another banned substance prior to a scheduled bout against Jerry Forrest in July of that year, returned to the ring in June as he beat Ariel Bracamonte on points.

Miller is determined to remain active following his return, with another fight to come on Saturday against little-known Derek Cardenas, who has lost his last three fights on the spin.

Providing the 34-year-old emerges victorious once more, Salita has revealed he will look to bring the heavyweight to the United Kingdom, with a bout against Joshua the ultimate goal.

Joshua suffered his first career defeat when Ruiz Jr replaced Miller three years ago, before becoming a two-time unified champion with an impressive unanimous decision victory over the Mexican-American later that year in Saudi Arabia.

Joshua suffered his first career defeat as Andy Ruiz Jr replaced Miller for their 2019 bout

Joshua suffered his first career defeat as Andy Ruiz Jr replaced Miller for their 2019 bout

The Briton became a two-time unified heavyweight champion as he won the rematch on points

The Briton became a two-time unified heavyweight champion as he won the rematch on points

The 32-year-old is now braced for another crucial rematch on August 20, again in Saudi Arabia, having lost his WBA, WBO and IBF belts to a masterful Usyk in September of last year.

Salita acknowledges Joshua will likely fight heavyweight rival Tyson Fury should he overcome the Ukrainian, but believes a bout between the former rivals would make sense if not.

Miller recently touched down on UK soil as he joined the Fury camp prior to the Gypsy King’s stunning stoppage victory over Dillian Whyte at Wembley Stadium in April, and ‘The Body Snatcher’ is also now a target for the American.

Salita insisted more realistic opponents for Miller are both Whyte, who is in need of a win after falling to a third career defeat, and Derek Chisora, following the veteran’s split-decision victory over Kubrat Pulev.

Chisora ​​has admitted his time in the spotlight is coming to an end, namechecking Deontay Wilder as a potential opponent as the 38-year-old seeks to finish his career fighting the best in the division.

Miller, who fights on Saturday after returning to the ring against Ariel Bracamonte in June, touched down on UK soil earlier this year as he joined the Tyson Fury camp

Miller, who fights on Saturday after returning to the ring against Ariel Bracamonte in June, touched down on UK soil earlier this year as he joined the Tyson Fury camp

Derek Chisora ​​is also an option for Big Baby

Dmitry would also pair his fighter against Dillian Whyte

More realistic targets for the American include Derek Chisora ​​(left) and Dillian Whyte (right)

Wilder’s manager Shelly Finkel has since ruled out Chisora ​​as a possible opponent, but Fury – who has beaten Del Boy twice – recently called out the heavyweight for a third encounter.

‘I thought Derek did absolutely fantastic [against Kubrat Pulev]. However, me and Derek Chisora ​​used to be chum buddies. I went to Monaco to support him. I went to Hamburg to support him,’ Fury told talkSPORT Fight Night.

‘Then, as soon as I have a fight he goes, “I’ll pick the other guy.” So, Derek Chisora ​​can kiss my a*** and if I see him I’m going to punch him in the face.’

‘Derek Chisora ​​if you’re out there and you want to fight come and see me. I’ve busted you two times already and I’ll do it again, you little sucker,’ Fury added.

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