Anthony Joshua finally announced his next move this week as the four-belt heavyweight ruler heads stateside to fight Jarrell Miller.
In one of the most long-awaited moves in UK boxing, Joshua is finally ready to dip his toes into the American market.
On June 1, Joshua will take a bite out of the ‘Big Apple’ when he defends his belts against Miller at Madison Square Garden.
Promoters at Matchroom and streamers DAZN are already in the midst of doing the groundwork to secure a sell-out.
Whilst Sky Sports Box Office are to broadcast the fight on British shores in the early hours of the morning.
Upon making the confirmation though, some fans chose to use the social media platform to protest the fight completely.
Others made it clear they don’t think UK punters should have to fork out almost £20 for a clash taking place potentially at around 3am.
Looking through the responses, the vast majority were negative towards Joshua v Miller.
To the Matchroom confirmation:
The least anticipated fight ever.
AJ 1st round KO. Number 1 bulls***
“We wont have to go to the United States anymore, everyone will have to come and fight us here” hmmmmmm…suuuurrreeee.
But wheres the fights that the fans want? FURY, WILDER? More will watch a rematch with Fury and Wilder, too many fans getting fed up with the circus and the obvious avoidance of the better fighters.
And fact that every single fight is PPV – got bored with it a long time ago.
Wouldn’t go to America to fight Wilder but will go to America to fight Miller.
Mugging the British fans here surly you should do this on sky sports and not box office to say it could be his first and only fight in U.S
100% will not watching this walkover
Shocker of a fight.
To the Sky Sports Box Office announcement:
First time in 10 years i will be looking at teletext to see the result
There’s no wonder people are resorting to illegal streaming sites. £20 for a 4am fight against a guy who’s only got the fight because he’s American!
Better be one hell of an undercard considering the circumstances.
Surely this nonsense isn’t gonna be pay-per-view?
I can honestly say I will not be paying for this! What a bum fight. Surely if your that confident of winning a fight then agree a winner takes all v wilder or fury. 1st AJ fight I’m not bothered about.
More excited about next episode of eastenders.
To Eddie Hearn:
I won’t even stream this illegally it’s that much of a farce.
Absolute stinker of a fight.
Money Snatching Git?
I pay £80 a month for sky, no danger I’ll be forking out another £20 to watch an out of shape 30 stone heavyweight get sparked in about 3 rounds!
Could be in my back garden Eddie and I’d close the curtains… Stop robbing the public and ruining the sport with lies.
I only came to see Hearn get roasted in the comments, they didn’t disappoint.
Wembley sales have dropped since Klitschko through to Povetkin so don’t wanna be seen to only sell out half the stadium this time. No risk in moving it to America and attempting to crack the market there which is smart, however AJ and Matchrooms UK bubble has finally burst.
The fight nobody wanted. Well done Eddie.
Cheating the fans. Lucky this fight is at MSG, the honeymoon period is well over and your not filling Wembley with the likes of Miller. Give the fans the fights they want. AJ slipping down the pecking. Fury & Whyte giving better value for money.
Those mentioned are just from the first scroll of the Twitter feed. Around one in ten were positive with the rest in the same vein.
It’s obvious the fans aren’t happy and won’t be until a bigger name is secured.
But whilst Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury continue their saga, there’s not much Joshua or Hearn can do.
Any slight slip-ups against Miller will now result in an even bigger backlash. Joshua has to win and he has to win well on June 1.
The turnaround in the perception of Joshua since the Wladimir Klitschko, and even Joseph Parker fight has been astonishing.
Joshua is now under immense pressure to excite the US audience. And in the process, keep his hopes of facing the winner of Wilder v Fury alive.
In stark contrast, Miller has nothing to lose and everything to gain.
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