Anthony Joshua allegedly has permission to use testosterone and other prohibited substances.
Anthony “AJ” Joshua, a British professional boxing superstar who is the current unified world heavyweight boxing champion, has been directly accused of using anabolic steroids by challenger Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller.
Miller made the accusations during a pre-fight press conference to promote their bout this summer.
“This motherfucker has TUE test exemptions for testosterone and all kinds of shit,” Miller said. “I have been doing my research, who comes out of the Olympics at 220 pounds and goes to 240 pounds in a year?”
Anthony Joshua has permission to use testosterone and other banned drugs.
Miller suggested that Joshua has therapeutic use exemptions (TUEs) to use the anabolic steroid testosterone. TUEs allow athletes to use otherwise banned performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) with the explicit permission of anti-doping authorities.
Miller provided no evidence whatsoever to support his assertion that Joshua has a TUE for testosterone therapy. Miller could only point to Joshua’s physique as evidence.
Miller noted the dramatic and rapid increase in muscularity and size achieved following Joshua’s gold medal victory in the super-heavyweight division at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
Joshua’s bodyweight has fluctuated considerably following the Olympics. He weighed-in at his all-time heaviest bodyweight of 254 pounds prior to his victory over Carlos Takam in October 2017. However, his bodyweight dropped to 242 pounds prior to his victory over Joseph Parker on March 31, 2018.
Bodyweight fluctuations are common in the sport of boxing due to the existence of various weight classes. However, such fluctuations are less common in the heavyweight divisions where there is no upper acceptable limit on bodyweight.
For the record, Miller usually weighs-in at over 300 pounds. Miller weighed in at a career-high 317 pounds when he defeated Tomasz Adamek on October 6, 2018
Joshua is scheduled to fight Miller at Madison Square Garden in New York City on June 1, 2019. Joshua will be defedning his WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight belts against the American challenger. Both fighters are undefeated as professionals.
Downes Jr., W. (February 19, 2019). YOU DOPE Miller accuses Joshua of doping after putting on 20lbs following Olympic gold. Retrieved from thesun.co.uk/sport/8464973/miller-accuses-joshua-doping/