The scheduled heavyweight boxing title fight between Anthony Joshua and Jarell Miller — which is scheduled to go down on June 1, 2019 inside Madison Square Garden in New York — is now in doubt. That’s because Miller failed a VADA-administered pre-fight drug test.
According to ESPN’s Dan Rafael, “Big Baby” tested positive for the banned substance GW1516.
BREAKING: Heavyweight contender Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller has tested positive for the banned substance GW1516 ahead his scheduled challenge of unified world titleholder Anthony Joshua, three sources with knowledge of the results told ESPN on Tuesday night. The fight is due to take place on June 1 at New York’s Madison Square Garden and serve as Joshua’s American debut. The results, which came to light on Tuesday, were from a random Voluntary Anti-Doping Association-conducted urine test Miller submitted to on March 20. Ironically, Miller accused Joshua of using PEDs during their press tour to announce the fight.
The banned substance is said to help cardio and overall physical performance.
Joshua — who is 22-0 — meanwhile, is still preparing to throw down according to his promoter Eddie Hearn.
While this is the first time Miller has failed a drug testing for boxing, “Big Baby” did test positive for methylhexaneamine during his days competing as a kickboxer for GLORY, and was ultimately suspended for nine months by the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) in 2014.
Should the bout ultimately go up in smoke — since Miller (23-0-1) is facing a one-year suspension — a suitable replacement for Joshua will likely not be found in time, ruining what would have been the heavyweight king’s stateside debut.
Though it won’t be for a lack of trying, as Joshua has informed his team to do everything in its power to find him another opponent to face in “The Big Apple.”
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