By Mark Elezaj
Things have gotten worse for Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller.
Miller, who was recently denied a boxing license by the New York State Athletic Commission over a failed drug test on Wednesday, has lost the opportunity to face IBF, IBO, WBA, WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua.
Miller, undefeated in 24 fights, was set to face Joshua at Madison Square Garden on June 1st. The fight was the United States in ring debut for Joshua.
This past Tuesday, it emerged that Miller tested positive for a banned substance, GW1516, following a test given by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association on March 20.
Today, promoter Eddie Hearn has revealed that VADA contacted him and informed him that Miller has failed his second test, testing positive for HGH (Human Growth Hormone).
“We have now received news from VADA that Jarrell Miller has now failed a second separate test for a further substance. AJ’s June 1 opponent will be announced next week – if you don’t think you can beat him clean then delete my number,” Hearn stated.
Miller took to social recently and denied that he took any performance enhancers for the upcoming championship fight.
“I am absolutely devastated upon hearing the news…I have NEVER knowingly taken any banned substance and when I found out the news last night I was totally shocked. My team and I stand for integrity, decency & honesty and together we will stand to fight this with everything we have!” Miller said on Thursday.
Hearn says that a new opponent for Joshua will be announced next week. Some names that have been mentioned to replace Miller are Cuba’s Luis Ortiz, Adam Kownacki from Poland and American Michael Hunter.
“Ultimately we want someone from the top 15 that’s going to put up a great fight, who is going to come to win. That’s the most important thing. I don’t want someone who wants to take a payday on 1 June, I want someone who wants to come and rip the world heavyweight title from Joshua.”
We will keep you posted.
~ The Fighting Voice ~