On Tuesday the rambunctious American shoved Joshua as the first press conference, to announce their June 1 contest for the WBO, WBA and IBF titles, devolved into chaos.
Joyce, an Olympic super-heavyweight silver medallist himself and long-time Joshua sparring partner, knows the world champion well. Joyce believes “Big Baby” Miller has made an error in goading Joshua ahead of their bout at Madison Square Garden.
“He [Joshua] has that side to him and it just came out,” Joyce said. “Being angry makes him even more dangerous, especially when he starts swinging those big arms around.”
“I never really saw the street-kid side to him when we were in training, he was usually always laughing and joking, he is a cool guy,” Joe added. “But if you push the wrong button with him or he hasn’t eaten and is a bit hangry then maybe he gets like that. But don’t we all.”
Joyce has his own contest to attend to, his bout with Bermane Stiverne at the O2 Arena in London on Saturday (February 23) will be an eliminator for the WBA title that Joshua holds. Joe is however looking forward to seeing Joshua vs Miller later in the year. “It has got people talking about his New York debut, it is going to be a good fight.” Joyce said.
“His image has been polished but this has got people talking and the US boxing fans will be out in force.”