Jarrell Miller’s failed doping test comes after he accused world champion Anthony Joshua of using anabolic steroids.
Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller, an undefeated professional boxer who was the leading contender to fight Anthony “AJ” Joshua for the unified heavyweight championship title, has tested positive for GW1516. The banned performance-enhancing drug is also known as Cardarine and Endurabol.
The GW1516 adverse finding resulted from an out-of-competition urine sample collected by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) on March 20, 2019.
Miller has strongly denied knowingly using GW1516 or any other banned performance-enhancing drug (PED).
Jarrell Miller may have been on GW1516 when he accused Anthony Joshua of using testosterone.
The failed anti-doping test result is a huge embarrassment for Miller. As recently as February 2019, Miller had been extremely vocal in accusing Joshua of using the anabolic steroid testosterone.
According to Miller, Joshua had been abusing the system for therapeutic use exemptions (TUEs) in order to legally use the anabolic steroid testosterone. TUEs permit athletes to use otherwise banned PEDs with the explicit permission of anti-doping authorities.
“This motherfucker has TUE test exemptions for testosterone and all kinds of shit,” Miller told reporters at a pre-fight press conference in February 2019.
Miller was scheduled to challenge Joshua for the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight belts at Madison Square Garden in New York City on June 1, 2019.
Unfortunately, the New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) has denied Miller a license to compete at the June fight due to the GW1516 positive. Meanwhile, Joshua is actively seeking other potential opponents to replace Miller.
Miller has the opportunity to appeal the adverse analytical findings and request a hearing. But his chances of success do not look good.
Miller’s title shot against Joshua was supposed to be his big payday. Miller’s most lucrative boxing bout resulted in a payout of approximately $500,000 against Bogdan Dinu on November 17, 2018.
Miller would have received a guaranteed $4.875 million for the title match against Joshua. He would also receive a share of the pay-per-view profits from Sky Sports Box Office. Even if Miller lost the bout, his contract would give him $1.5 million for each of two comeback fights.
The GW1516 failed drug test could literally cost Miller several million dollars.
Rafael, D. (April 17, 2019). Sources: Miller, set to face Joshua, fails drug test. Retrieved from espn.com/boxing/story/_/id/26541088/miller-set-face-joshua-fails-drug-test