Anthony Joshua: ‘Miller has been banned for drugs, so maybe that’s why he’s saying it’

Anthony Joshua reacts to Jarrell Miller taunts

ANTHONY JOSHUA brushed off Jarrell Miller’s taunts after the pair came face-to-face in London to promote their world heavyweight title fight.

IBF, WBA and WBO champion Joshua will fight in the United States for the first time as a professional in New York on June 1.

That bout will also represent the first for a world title for Miller, who in 2014 was given a nine-month suspension by the California State Athletic Commission for the banned stimulant methylhexaneamine.

The 30-year-old said he had noticed a change in Joshua’s physique, although added that he believes the Briton will be clean when the pair meet at Madison Square Garden.

Joshua, who has never failed or rejected a drugs test, responded: “He’s looking at my change between 2012 and 2013 but why doesn’t he look at the 11 years?

“Around the Olympics I was around 104kgs, then when I turned pro I was around 107kgs, so that’s around half-a-stone. I am 115kgs, so that’s 11kgs in 11 years; it averages out. It’s just my dedication.

“It’s not the first time this has happened. So many fighters will be accused but I get tested and if, in the next 10 years, something was to come up then it would be a genuine mistake because I do not shove needles up my a***.”

Anthony Joshua vs Jarrell Miller

Miller revealed that both fighters have agreed to between 10 and 12 weeks of drug testing in the build-up to the bout.

Joshua confirmed: “I am on (drug testing scheme) ADAMS whereabouts, they have to know where I am for an hour every day and could walk in anytime.

“They can turn up any time during the day and that is a lifetime commitment. I have been on that since 2012 and I pay £40,000-a-fight to be tested by VADA two times a week.

Jarrell Miller has been banned for drugs, so maybe that’s why he’s saying it.”

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