Miller, who was originally billed to challenge Joshua for the titles at the Maddison Square Garden on June 1, was denied a boxing license after he failed a pre-fight drug test.
A number of substitutes have been named for the fight, including Luis Ortiz, Andy Ruiz Jr, Michael Hunter and Trevor Bryan. However, ink is yet to be put on paper regarding the Briton’s next challenger.
Matchroom Sport Chairman, Barry Hearn, has revealed that talks are being finalized with a new opponent for Joshua, with an announcement set for Tuesday.
Speaking to newsmen, Barry said Joshua is close to making an announcement on who his next challenger would be.
“I understand there’s every chance he’s going to make an announcement tomorrow, so it’s getting there.
“It’s difficult, it’s very difficult, the political world of boxing and the money they’re talking about, but it’s also difficult when a few people view it as an opportunity to put one over on AJ, or us, or boxing.
“We have five likely opponents, so it’s not a question we’re going to be blackmailed. We’re never going to be forced into doing anything stupid, because we just don’t work like that. Eddie is just playing the cards dead straight.”
— Barry Hearn
Matchroom Boxing boss, Eddie Hearn, believes the eventual opponent will bring his ‘A’ game against Joshua, and that is exactly what boxing fans are looking forward to.
Joshua on his part, however, is prepared to give his challenger hell in the ring.
“I believe the eventual opponent will be at least as tough, if not tougher, than the Miller fight, and I believe it will be a fight that will go down very well with the proper boxing fans.”
— Eddie Hearn
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