ANTHONY JOSHUA will do as everyone expects, defeat Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller in style … but it will have to wait until late 2019 or early 2020 when they have their rematch at Wembley Stadium. Because on June 1 at Madison Square Garden it will be Miller time. Admittedly it is not the most confident prediction I have ever made, but the signs are there and I expect it to come to fruition. No, I am not basing this on a hunch or feeling which is the worst way to predict the outcome of a fight. Rather there are too many intangibles favouring Miller which should not be ignored and which will lead him to victory. Here they are:
- MILLER HAS THE HOME COURT ADVANTAGE
Home court is the biggest advantage in sports. Although Joshua will have a couple of thousand British fans invading MSG, they will be drowned out by the vast majority making him feel like an outsider for the first time in his career. It might border on hostility at times, not so much because of the support that Brooklyn’s Miller will enjoy as much it being an anti-Joshua crowd. Deontay Wilder has built a following in New York, having fought there several times. His fans along with Miller’s will be quite vocal in hoping to see Joshua get his comeuppance. For the first time in his professional career Joshua is venturing into enemy territory.
- MILLER WILL DO MORE THAN JUST WEIGH ON JOSHUA’S MIND
What makes the heavyweight division different from any other is that there are no limits to weight disparities. For example: It would be unthinkable to have Terence Crawford give away approximately 70lbs to fight Wilder. Although Crawford is arguably the pound for pound king, Wilder’s physical advantages alone would make the thought of such a matchup ludicrous. Well guess what, that is approximately what Joshua will be giving away to Miller.