Eddie Hearn has revealed that Jarrell Miller failed a drugs test last month, throwing his heavyweight title bout against Anthony Joshua into doubt. The two men were due to face off at Madison Square Garden on June 1 in what would have been AJ’s debut in the United States, with the IBF, WBA and WBO belts on the line.
However, Miller recorded an adverse finding with the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) last month which could see him face a long ban.
We have been informed by VADA that there has been an adverse finding in Jarrell Miller’s sample collected on March 20th, 2019,’ Hearn confirmed. We are working with all relevant parties and will update with more details soon. AJ’s preparation continues for June 1st at MSG.
Miller’s co-promoter Dmitry Salita confirmed the news, saying: ‘We are in the process of obtaining further information about VADA’s finding and will have more to say soon on this developing situation. In the meantime Jarrell continues to train for his June 1 fight against Anthony Joshua.
According to ESPN’s Dan Rafael, Miller has tested positive for banned substance GW1516, also known as Cardarine. The main benefit of the drug is to increase power and endurance for the obese and the elderly, allowing athletes to train longer and harder, and was added to the banned substances list shortly after the 2008 Olympics.
The prospect of the fight being called off would be a huge blow for Joshua, who had struggled to find an opponent after failing to agree terms with both Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury.
Miller who ironically accused Joshua of using steroids throughout a heated press tour to promote the fight would likely be handed a one-year suspension.