The World Boxing Association (WBA) suspended Jarrell Miller (23-0-1) for a period of six-month because of the three drug tests “Big Baby” failed. The American was supposed to face Anthony Joshua (22-0-0) on June 1 in New York, but two weeks ago three separate PEDs were found in his samples and his New York license was denied.
GW1616, Human Growth Hormone [HGH] and EPO were the three banned substances that were found in Miller’s samples he gave to VADA.
The Brooklyn, New York native Miller can still fight, but he’s been removed from the World Boxing Association’s rankings for six months until September.
“I think it’s fair,” said Miller’s co-promoter Greg Cohen to ESPN.com about his six-month suspension with the WBA. “It’s appropriate…I’m sure Jarrell will comply with the resolution. I do not think he has a choice, certainly, through this resolution, he is obligated to do so.”
The majority of boxing fans around the world see this suspension as slap on the wrist, but it is what it is. Last year Saul Alvarez was caught using clenbuterol and the Mexican superstar was also given a six-month suspension fight.