Anthony Joshua will battle in the US for the principal time when he defends his IBF, WBA and WBO world heavyweight titles in opposition to Jarrell Miller on 1 June.
Joshua, 29, will steal on Miller at Madison Square Garden in the undefeated American’s dwelling metropolis of Original York.
Miller, with 23 wins and a arrangement, has by no formula fought for an world title.
The 30-yr-feeble will practically absolutely be the heaviest opponent Joshua has confronted as a talented having weighed 22st 7lbs in his final contest.
That’s practically 5 stone heavier than what Joshua weighed in at ahead of his victory over Alexander Povetkin in September.
Miller – nicknamed ‘Huge Diminutive one’ – gained 20 of his fights by knockout however Joshua represents a wide step-up in school.
Joshua acknowledged: “I am heading to the Huge Apple and I conception to embody the culture and leave with an appetite for more.
“It has been an honour and a blessing to battle at about a of basically the most productive venues on the planet and at dwelling in the UK, now not least Wembley Stadium, however the time has come to transfer all around the Atlantic and defend my heavyweight titles in the US.
“I am having a notice ahead to taking over one other reveal with a true boxer and an even talker. This would possibly perchance perchance be an inviting battle. I will leave nothing to likelihood and conception on dismantling Miller in fashion to originate my model.”
Miller added: “AJ is making a wide mistake coming over here to battle me in my hang yard – he’ll be leaving Original York empty-handed.
“Here is the battle that I’ve been chasing all my existence and on 1 June I’m going to originate the article I was born to attain.”
The finest of reducing options
Miller made his debut in a bout at a cafe 10 years ago and, whereas he has wins over the likes of compatriot Gerald Washington and Poland’s Mariusz Wach to his title, most UK sports fans will perchance know cramped of his occupation.
Joshua has been left with few options given fellow Briton Tyson Fury and WBC champion Deontay Wilder are space for a rematch, whereas Dillian Whyte has openly criticised the monetary provide Joshua’s crew supplied him with for a 13 April bout.
Joshua had Wembley Stadium booked for the date where he had hoped to face Wilder, however has scrapped the reserving in favour of a US debut.
“Things occur, boxing politics,” he acknowledged. “We had to branch out and leer other options.”
A contest in the US has been seen by Joshua’s advisers as a wager to beef up his world appeal.
Britain’s Lennox Lewis boxed at Madison Square Garden three instances, whereas greats equivalent to Muhammad Ali, Evander Holyfield and Sugar Ray Robinson have moreover competed there.
There will undoubtedly be criticism of the transfer, given the public clamour for him to face Fury or Wilder in a bout that would perchance perchance unify all four belts.
Negotiations have repeatedly failed with Wilder, whereas the offers sent to both Fury and Whyte were deemed insufficient.
Wilder and Fury are in actuality space for a rematch following their 1 December arrangement, whereas Whyte will battle in the UK in April or Might perchance perchance perchance moreover merely.
Miller used to be now not even listed by Joshua when he requested fans to vote on his next transfer in September, when Fifty three% of respondents wanted a Wilder fixture and 42% known as for Fury.
Nonetheless the American – who has clashed with Joshua at a knowledge convention ahead of – can no lower than be expected to manufacture memorable sound bites when selling the battle and give Joshua likelihood to lengthen his profile in the lucrative US pay-per-take a look at market.