The inability to unify all four world titles held between the two could create an opening for Miller in his next bout, following an impressive second round knockout victory over Thomasz Adamek (53-6, 31 KO’s) in Chicago this past weekend.
Miller pressured Adamek throughout the duration of the fight with high volume and precision striking, earning a stoppage victory 51 seconds into the second round after landing a clean right uppercut.
Referee Mark Nelson stepped in to waive off the fight after Adamek struggled to answer the 10-count. It was Miller’s fastest finish since May of 2016.
“He missed a couple shots and was winded,” the 317-pound Brooklyn native said following the victory, which further cements him as one of the next men up in boxing’s heavyweight division. “I know he knows I’m this big guy, I’m not going to be a sitting target, I’m going to keep coming forward.”
Miller, who entered as a large favorite, was featured in the co-main event of streaming network DAZN’s first boxing card in the United States.
Working with promoter Eddie Hearn, who also works with Joshua, could set Miller up for a shot at Joshua's IBF, WBO, WBA Super World titles, along with the IBO championship, which is not recognized as one of world titles.
It’s what Miller wants.
“When it comes to boxing, there’s boxing and trying to maneuver,” he said. “Eddie Hearn is still keeping him away from me right now, but I think the AJ fight is going to come through sooner rather than later. It’s gonna be crazy, I can’t wait.”