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Anthony Joshua laughs off Jarrell Miller’s accusation of substance abuse

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Anthony Joshua will defend his titles at Madison Square Garden on 1 June. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

“We’ve both got contracts in place where we’re protected and the proper exams are gonna be occurring, however it is written clear as day.”

Joshua smiled, yet not for very long, when Miller’s claim was offer him. “That’s a compliment,” he said, “because, easily was, I would not be also qualified to squeeze in this shirt. I dedicate myself to training, that you’ll see. Concerning applied myself properly and they are the effects. I have been previously training ever since i was 18, so that’s 11 years.

“He’s investigating my change between 2012 and 2019, but why doesn’t he consider the 11 years? On the [London] Olympics I used to be around 104kg. Then, as i turned pro, I’d been around 107kg. Now i’m 115kg, so that’s 11kg in 11 years, it averages out. It’s just my dedication. I would not recommend it to everyone because it is expensive, particularly food I drink plus the lifestyle and training.

“It’s not the very first time it has happened, Wladimir Klitschko [whom Joshua beat in 2019] was charged with it. So, many fighters will probably be accused. However i get tested and, if, in the next Few years, something were to surface that might be a genuine mistake because I never shove needles up my arse.

Anthony Joshua brushes off Jarrell Miller testosterone claims before fight

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“I am on Adams [the Anti-Doping Administration & Management System] whereabouts. Plants know where I am for any hour on a daily basis. They could yield when through the day and that is a lifetime commitment. I am with that since 2012 and I pay 40,000 a battle to be tested twice each week. It’s random drug-testing all climates and seasons around.”

When they faced off initially in Los angeles yesterday, Miller livened up proceedings with the cameras by pushing Joshua almost off his feet, but it surely did nothing but alert the Watford fighter towards the task ahead. The battle lines have already been drawn and definitely will stay doing this, says Joshua.

“I don’t really be friends with guys I fight attempt to realize its weird you could build up a fight and after that kiss and cuddle after, despite if saying loads of stuff for six or seven weeks. I would not really get involved with that.”

Miller brings a useful back story to the fight – born in Brooklyn, raised intermittently in Belize, where he shared a home with 15 relatives – although fans has to be believing that he’s good for anything further than a colourful quote.

It is difficult to dislike him and will also equally be difficult to think that from any of the tough talk between now and fight night is just a a part of the big sell.

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