Watch: Heavyweight contender crashes Anthony Joshua's promotion, gets into heated stare-down after trading insults

Anthony Joshua has again been taunted about his upcoming mandatory title defence but his latest confrontation was the most personal yet.

American heavyweight Jarrell Miller stormed into Joshua's promotional event today for his upcoming bout with Alexander Povetkin to taunt the British champion as he posed for photographs with his opponent.

Joshua was quick to turn to Miller as the two got into a heated staredown before Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn stepped in to defuse the situation.

The IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO world champion has been criticised by certain parts of the boxing community after he was forced to disregard a unification bout with American champion Deontay Wilder to organise a mandatory defence against Povetkin.

Miller, a New York-based fighter ranked third by the WBA, IBF and WBO, could be heard yelling at Joshua "give them what they want" after he made his way on stage.

Joshua was quick to disregard the 30-year-old's antics afterward.

"People talk about me, then see me face-to-face, and they still want to talk," Joshua said.

"I defend my titles in the ring, I'm dedicated, and I just won't tolerate it outside the ring either. I defend my position. That's what we do as fighters.

"Anyone is welcome to come and get the smoke. Firstly I will focus on Povetkin but you never know what the future holds."

Miller, who goes by the ring name of "Big Baby", told Sky Sports UK he would "whoop" Joshua.

"I walked up on him, and whispered behind him: 'you're a punk, let's make it happen'.

"Listen Britain – you've seen fake models. You'll see the real model, the people's champ, not the one-time English champ. The world champ – that's me."

Joshua and Povetkin are set to fight on September 23 NZT at Wembley Stadium.


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Watch: Crazy mountain biker soars over pack of Tour de France cyclists with insane jump

Tour de France cyclists and organisers have had to deal with interfering fans roadside in the past, but one daring mountain biker took his stunt to new heights during today's action.

As the lead group headed into the second climb of today's tenth stage on Pleateu des Gilieres, a mountain biker managed to pull off a daring jump over them thanks to a ramp set up at the top of a steep slope near the road.

Alexis Bosson even managed to take his hands off the handlebars as he soared over the riders. 

At the front of the race, Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe went on to take the 158.5km stage despite Belgian Greg van Avermaet extending his overall lead in the general classification.

Van Avermaet now holds a two minute, 22 second lead over British rider Geraint Thomas.

Dion Smith is the best Kiwi overall, sitting in 109th place.


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Experienced ref for Parker-Whyte fight 'not to much to ask for' - David Higgins

Joseph Parker's promoter David Higgins has called for an experienced referee for his Kiwi fighter's upcoming bout with Dillian Whyte next Sunday (NZ time).

The 26-year-old's promoter is confident had his fighter had a different official other than Italian Giuseppe Quartarone ref against multiple heavyweight title holder Anthony Joshua, results could have been different in April's unification fight in Wales.

"I think on a different night because I went on about the glass jaw, Joseph does have the better chin," said Higgins.

"He has never been down and Joshua has. So on a different night with a different referee, I think if Joseph brought more pressure and he knows that.

"He (Parker) said next time he will throw the kitchen sink it could be different result."

Parker's fight against Whyte is set to go down next Sunday (NZ time) at O2 Arena in London.

Quartarone was criticised by many boxing pundits as ruining the fight between Parker and Joshua, stopping the fighters from fighting in the clinch in the middle stages of their unification fight.

"Well I don't think that is too much to ask."

Parker and Whyte share similar professional records with the Kiwi winning 24 fights with only one loss, with Whyte winning 23 professional bouts with one loss to Joshua back in 2015.

Parker is ranked sixth in the WBC, the title which American fighter Wilder holds. He is also ranked sixth in the WBO and seventh in the IBF, titles which both Joshua holds.

Whyte is ranked number one in the WBC, seventh in the WBA, another title which Joshua holds and second in the WBO.

Parker's promoter believes with a different ref the result of the Kiwi's Joshua fight could've been different. Source: 1 NEWS