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Anthony Joshua's potential opponents if Jarrell Miller is banned for failed drugs test

Mirror logo Mirror 17/04/2019 Martin Domin
British boxer Anthony Joshua, left, and US boxer Jarrell Miller pose head-to-head after giving a press conference at the Hilton London Syon Park hotel © ASSOCIATED PRESS British boxer Anthony Joshua, left, and US boxer Jarrell Miller pose head-to-head after giving a press conference at the Hilton London Syon Park hotel

Anthony Joshua may be on the lookout for a new opponent after Jarrell Miller failed a drugs test.

Anthony Joshua during a news conference to promote an upcoming fight against Jarrell Miller © ASSOCIATED PRESS Anthony Joshua during a news conference to promote an upcoming fight against Jarrell Miller The heavyweight world champion is due to defend his three belts against the American at Madison Square Garden on June 1.

But having tested positive for a banned substance, Miller now faces a hearing with the New York Athletic Commission and, if found guilty, looks set to face a ban.

Jarrell Miller © Thomson Reuters Jarrell Miller That would leave Joshua without an opponent for his US debut, with promoter Eddie Hearn insisting the show will go on in the Big Apple.

So who could Joshua fight instead? We take a look at six potential opponents...

1. Luis Ortiz

The most dangerous and high-profile option and one that would go down well with the fans.

Ortiz's only defeat came against Deontay Wilder but not until after he gave the world champion an almighty fright.

a man in a boxing ring: Luis Ortiz is a dangerous option © Action Images via Reuters Luis Ortiz is a dangerous option The 40-year-old has fought three times since that defeat last year against limited opposition.

Ortiz has no bout scheduled and is unlikely to turn down the chance of another shot at a world title - and a career-high pay day.

But will Joshua fancy the threat at just six weeks' notice?

2. Dillian Whyte

A long, long shot given the rivalry needs to be promoted and any rematch should take place in the UK.

Whyte was expected to face Joshua earlier this month but was unable to agree terms with the champion.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte have history © Getty Images Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte have history He would surely jump at the chance for revenge having lost to Joshua back in 2015, but a deal is unlikely at this stage.

Whyte is currently due to return to the ring on July 13 against an as-yet unnamed opponent.

3. Adam Kownacki

The undefeated Pole ticks plenty of boxes - not only as he yet to taste defeat but he is based in New York and will command a decent following.

A closer look at his record also suggests he has beaten at least as good opponents as Miller, with knockout victories over Artur Szpilka and Gerald Washington.

a person in a boxing ring: Adam Kownacki is in Pole position © Getty Images Adam Kownacki is in Pole position Having not fought since January, Kownacki is available - and is another who would surely sign up to a monster pay day, especially with six weeks to train for fight night.

The only stumbling block might be his adivser Al Haymon who will not want his man fighting on a rival promotion.

4. Kubrat Pulev

The Bulgarian will be called as Joshua's mandatory challenger later in the year and so fighting him now would at least satisfy that requirement.

The pair were due to clash in 2017 in Cardiff but Pulev pulled out at short notice.

Kubrat Pulev is another option © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Kubrat Pulev is another option On that ocassion, Carlos Takam stepped in and took Joshua 10 rounds before he was controversially stopped.

Pulev last fought in March and so would be reasonably fresh but is currently embroiled in a row after kissing a female reporter following his win over Bogdan Dinu.

5. Michael Hunter

A recent signing to Eddie Hearn's Matchroom stable, Hunter is a newcomer to the heavyweight division having fought just four times at the weight.

He knocked out Scotland-based Martin Bakole last year and followed it up by inflicting a third career defeat on Alexander Ustinov.

a man in a boxing ring: Michael Hunter is a stablemate of Joshua © Getty Images Michael Hunter is a stablemate of Joshua Hunter is currently scheduled to fight in Chicaco on May 25 but an opponent has yet to be named.

But whether his name carries sufficient weight for a pay-per-view event in the UK remains to be seen.

6. Manuel Charr

The frontrunner after he claimed he has been approached by Joshua's team.

Charr has won 31 of his 35 fights and holds the WBA 'regular' world title.

But he is unlikely to prove a test for Joshua having gallen short against Mairis Breidis, Johan Duhaupas and Alexander Povetkin over the last five years.

Charr was also due to face David Haye in 2013 but the Brit was forced to pull out with a hand injury.

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