According to former unified heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, he dominated Jarrell Miller during a sparring session in 2011.
Fury claims that he dropped Miller seven times during the session – with the spar being stopped and Miller sent back to the United States.
Last week, Miller was officially announced as the next opponent for IBF, IBO, WBA, WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua. The contest takes place on June 1 at Madison Square Garden, New York.
The fight with Miller has been criticized by some, after Joshua failed to get three other opponents.
Joshua had made attempts to get WBC champion Deontay Wilder – who faces Fury in a rematch in the coming months.
Then there was Fury, who said he wanted at least a 50-50 split to face Joshua on April 13 at Wembley Stadium in London.
And then Joshua’s team was unable to make a deal with Dillian Whyte for the April date.
The stumbling blocks allowed Miller to get the fight he was calling for.
In a recent interview, Fury explained that he was rooting for his countryman to win by knockout – and he doesn’t really expect Miller to make it to final bell.
“I was back home in Morecambe and I needed a sparring partner,” Fury said to The Sun. “The first person that sprang to mind was Jarrell Miller, I thought he’ll be good sparring for me.
“Obviously I wasn’t a world champion at the time, he came over to Morecambe and we sparred at a local gym. I’m not going to go into too much detail, but I hired him for two weeks sparring, I ended up sending him back home after one day sparring.
“I put him down seven times in the first spar and I sent him home packing back to the USA.”