Re-emerging heavyweight contender Jarrell Miller has said that Anthony Joshua may have made a grave mistake by selecting Otto Wallin as his December opponent.
Joshua is continuing his comeback to the peak of the heavyweight division, bouncing back from successive defeats to Oleksandr Usyk with wins over Jermaine Franklin and Robert Helenius in his two 2023 outings.
The two-time unified champion will be operating with a fourth different cornerman in five fights following the appointment of Ben Davison, who guided Tyson Fury to a gruelling points victory over Wallin back in 2019. It’s understood he plans to return to Derrick James thereafter.
There are plenty who believe that the tricky Swede could be a real banana peel for Joshua, escpacially following on from his impressive win over Murat Gassiev.
One of those sceptics is fierce rival, ‘Big Baby’ Miller, who told Seconds Out that ‘AJ’ is in for a tough night at the office.
“I feel honestly that ‘AJ’ might have made a mistake with picking Otto Wallin. Even though Otto Wallin is not a one-punch knockout kind of guy, he is durable, he comes to fight, he is not a quitter and it is going to be a tough fight for ‘AJ’. I don’t think that it is going to be easy, at all.”
“The mental mind state that ‘AJ’ has, is he going to hold up? When he fights in the U.K., he has a little more oomph in his step a little bit, but when he fights outside of the U.K., we don’t get the same firey person, the playing ground is going to be a little bit more even out in Saudi. I wish all of the luck to Otto Wallin, I want to really be the one to knock out ‘AJ’, but may the best man win, it is what it is.”
Miller takes on Daniel Dubois on that same card, which takes place in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on December 23.