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Anthony Joshua has moved one step closer to fighting Jarrell Miller after his promoter, Eddie Hearn, revealed that a deal has almost been finalised.
The 29-year-old British boxer was initially expected to fight at Wembley Stadium on 13th April -- Dillian Whyte was one of his rumoured opponents -- but those plans have since changed.
Speaking to BBC Sport, Hearn said that AJ will most likely be heading to the USA and a fight with Big Baby Miller is expected to happen at Madison Square Garden on 1st or 8th June.
"I really believe it will be a major moment for Joshua's career," he said.
"Legacy is about creating iconic moments and Joshua in New York is an iconic moment.
"He is going to go there and completely turn the US boxing scene on its head as they are going to see a real star."
The promoter also said that he had been in "deep negotiations" with the 30-year-old American boxer, but a fight with Miller was not the initial plan last year.
Either way, the 39-year-old Matchroom Sport promoter said that he is excited for AJ to fight in the US.
"Right now we have got our heads around this happening," he told BBC Radio 5 Live.
"For many years people have said AJ needed to fight in the US.
"He definitely needs to build his profile in the US, but knowing how he looks, behaves and fights he will be a superstar in America.
"We are not done with a deal yet, but there is a strong chance."
With AJ making his debut in the US, his promoter is keen to build a lot of buzz for British fans.
"I want to create a weekend for British fight fans on a card stacked with British names to create that mad atmosphere we got with the likes of Ricky Hatton fighting in America," he explained.
"Joshua's fan base is different to Hatton's, but this is New York in the summer and we want to create something really special."
Many boxing fans would
have loved AJ to fight Deontay Wilder in a unification match, but that was unlikely
after the WBC called for a rematch between the Bronze Bomber and Tyson Fury following their controversial draw on 1st December.
However, it has been
reported that the 33-year-old American and the 30-year-old Brit have reached an agreement for the rematch.
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