In what turned out to be a devastating week for the heavyweight American Jarrell Miller (30-0-1) has now tested positive for a third test for a banned substance. “Big Baby” was scheduled to face the WBA “Super”, IBF and WBO world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (22-0-0) on June 1 at Madison Square Graden. Of course, the fight is now off since the New York State Athletic Commission suspended the boxer’s license.
The two previous failed tests for the 30-year-old Miller came from the banned substance GW1516 for the first test, and Human Growth Hormone [HGH], and the third failed test results, which were revealed on Friday, that show that he tested positive for EPO and GW1516 again, according to ESPN.
The New York native took it to social media and this is what he had to say:
“This is your boy ‘Big Baby’ Miller. A lot can be said right now. I’ll get straight to the point. I messed up. I made a bad call. In a lot of ways with the situation, I handled it wrongly, and I’m paying a price for it. I missed out on a big opportunity, and I’m hurting on the inside. My heart is bleeding right now. I hurt my family, my friends, my team, my supporters, but I’m owing up to it. I’m going to deal with it. I’m going to correct it. I’m going to come back better. I’m humbled by the experience. I understand how to handle certain things now. I’m going to leave it at that. I appreciate you guys. I don’t want to make a bad name for ourselves. It’s time to do right and get right.”
Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, stated that the world and “AJ” will both know Miller’s replacement no later than Tuesday.
“To be honest I can’t believe it. You always want to give an athlete the benefit of the doubt, but this leaves no doubt,” Hearn said to ESPN.com. “It worries me that fighters feel the only way they can beat AJ is by taking banned substances. One thing we know is Miller is out. AJ’s new opponent for June 1 will be announced next week. Clean fighters only need to apply.”