Miller’s NY license rejected after failed drug test

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller was scheduled to fight Anthony Joshua in June in New York. Now, his license has been rejected by the New York State Athletic Commission on Wednesday after his failed drug test.

His mega fight with Joshua was slated to take place on June 1st at MSG. This was going to be Joshua’s American debut after spending the majority of his boxing career fighting in England.

Heavyweight boxer Jarrell Miller exchanges punches with Johann Duhaupas during their WBA Heavyweight match
Jarrell Miller exchanges punches with Johann Duhaupas during their WBA Heavyweight match (Getty Images)

Miller had tested positive for GW 1516, a banned substance, in a random urine test that was brought to light on Tuesday. The submitted sample was made on March 20 to the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association test.

When Miller found out about the failed drug test, Joshua was also notified. In addition, the New York State Athletic Commission was also informed.

“The New York State Athletic Commission has denied Jarrell Miller’s professional boxing license application for a violation relating to the use of a prohibited substance,” the Commission said. “We have no further comment at this time.”

Miller is obviously appealing this decision by asking for his B sample to be tested. If his B sample is not positive, he could re-apply for his boxing license.

However, if it is positive for the substance, he will face ramifications. It’ll also mean that he will no longer be the competition for Joshua during his American debut.

The 30-year-old Brooklyn, New York native has a 23-0-1 record. The 29-year-old Watford, United Kingdom native has a 22-0 record.

“I am on the search for a new opponent,” Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearns told ESPN. “Literally, anyone can get it. There are some names that would appeal to our partners — DAZN, Sky Sports, and Madison Square Garden — more than others and it’s our job to get the ones that appeal most. I’ve spoken to 16 heavyweights in the last 24 hours, 10 of which are not suitable.”

Miller has denied ever taking a banned substance.

“I want to thank all of my supporters, who have stood by me since day one and especially during this extremely difficult time,” he said. “I am absolutely devastated upon hearing the news my boxing license has been revoked in BY State and I will be vigorously appealing this decision. I have NEVER knowingly taken any banned substance and when I would out the news [Tuesday] night, I was totally shocked.

“My team and I stand for integrity, decency, and honesty and together we will stand to fight this with everything we have!”

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