Jarrell Miller says he has “never knowingly taken any banned substance” and intends to appeal against the decision to revoke his licence following an adverse doping test.
Miller, who was due to fight British heavyweight Anthony Joshua in his native New York on June 1, produced an adverse result for a metabolic modulator in testing carried out on March 20 by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA).
He retains the right to request another sample be tested and to reapply for a licence, and has now stated his intention to “vigorously appeal” against the decision.
“I am absolutely devastated upon hearing the news my boxing licence has been revoked in NY State and I will be vigorously appealing this decision,” he wrote on Instagram.
“I have NEVER knowingly taken any banned substance and when I found out the news last night I was totally shocked.
“My team and I stand for integrity, decency and honesty and together we will stand to fight this with everything we have!”
Joshua’s camp are still working towards a fight at Madison Square Garden on June 1.
Miller continued: “This was a voluntary test that I was very happy to do and these results came just one week after another voluntary test that I had taken which was completely clean.
“I refuse to just lie down and let my dream be taken away from me when I know in my heart that I’ve done nothing wrong.
“Fifteen years of hard work. I’m a WARRIOR .. I don’t need a banned substance.
“Remember, don’t believe everything you hear and see. The facts will prevail and I shall be vindicated. I don’t have anything to hide and the truth will make itself known.”
Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn revealed that a new opponent for the Briton’s IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight title defence would be announced early next week.
“Everybody’s on the hustle now to try and get a shot at Anthony Joshua so we’ve got to make sure we get the right guy,” Hearn told Sky Sports News.
“This is predominantly the Anthony Joshua show but we still need that dance partner, that credible guy, that great fight that can light up that arena on June 1.
“And it’s a massive night for Anthony, it’s his American debut, it’s Madison Square Garden, it’s a night that will be remembered for a long time in his career so it’s important that we find the right guy.
“Going through everything today, tomorrow, and over the weekend, we have some meetings, a lot of people flying in as well, and early next week there will be an announcement for a new opponent, subject to Jarrell Miller’s B sample being tested as well.
“But history will tell us that it’s unusual to see a change in that sample.”
Anthony Joshua’s world heavyweight title fight with Jarrell Miller is in doubt after the American produced an “adverse finding” in a drug-testing sample.
Both camps confirmed the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association had informed them that Miller had returned the results from a test on March 20.
Miller, who is undefeated in each of his 24 professional bouts, was due to take on the Briton at Madison Square Garden for the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO titles on June 1.
The adverse finding is reported to be for GW1516, a metabolic modulator also known as cardarine and endurobol.
Miller is likely to face a hearing before the New York State Athletic Commission to decide whether he will be allowed to fight on June 1.
Eddie Hearn, Joshua’s promoter, tweeted on Tuesday morning that VADA had informed him of its results.
Hearn tweeted: “We have been informed by VADA that there has been an adverse finding in Jarrell Miller’s sample collected on March 20th, 2019.
“We are working with all relevant parties and will update with more details soon. AJ’s preparation continues for June 1st at MSG.”
Hearn could now need to find a replacement fighter for what would be Joshua’s USA debut.
Joshua retained his WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO titles when he stopped Alexander Povetkin in September.
Miller’s camp, Salita Promotions, also acknowledged the adverse finding on their Twitter account.
A statement read: “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.”
The 30-year-old was kickboxing in 2014 when he tested positive for methylhexaneamine in a urine sample and was suspended for nine months by the California State Athletic Commission.
During their promotional tour for the fight, American Miller revealed that both fighters had agreed to between 10 and 12 weeks of drug testing in the build-up to the bout.
Joshua, during the London leg of the tour, said: “I am on (drug testing scheme) ADAMS whereabouts, they have to know where I am for an hour every day and could walk in anytime.
“They can turn up any time during the day and that is a lifetime commitment. I have been on that since 2012 and I pay £40,000-a-fight to be tested by VADA two times a week.”
Dubai is a location primed to host boxing’s glitz and glamour. It’s a matter of when, not if, a world title fight will be held in the UAE. But that when seems so far away right now.
The biggest names – most recently Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan two years ago – have proposed clashes in the region, yet one of such magnitude has not occurred since Chris Eubank fought at the Aviation Club back in 1997.
That could soon change, though. The way to bring boxing to the region is either from the bottom up, or top down. Either the sport is slowly introduced with the seeds then growing to allow those at the top of the tree to visit, or a huge clash is hosted and the impact trickles down.
The former holds most weight. Muslim pugilist and former two-weight champ Badou Jack hosts his first combat sports promotion here in Dubai at the FIVE Palm Jumeirah on May 3 live on Fite.TV, and the hope is that this foray into the business side of boxing could lead to a title fight of his own in the region.
Jack, who fights under the banner of Mayweather Promotions, is emerging as a prominent name for boxing in the Middle East. The 35-year-old is targeting a return to the ring late in summer after suffering a points defeat to Marcus Browne earlier this year, albeit with the mitigating circumstance of a sickening cut to his forehead from a clash of heads.
In the meantime, the focus for the Swede and his team is fixed upon building boxing in Dubai.
“As far as other fights not coming off, I have my own speculation as to why they didn’t happen but put that to one side, it’s no coincidence that Badou Jack Promotions is launching in Dubai,” said Amer Abdallah, CEO of Badou Jack Promotions and Jack’s business manager.
“It’s not a coincidence that we brought Badou Jack, the only Muslim world champ, to Dubai because our absolute goal is to have him fight for a world title here. Floyd Mayweather after Badou’s last fight said ‘I’m going to get you another world title fight’.
“Last night I had a conversation with Leonard Ellerbe (CEO of Mayweather Promotions), who by the way is planning on making the trip to the event, and he said ‘absolutely, if the offer makes sense Mayweather Promotions is 100 percent behind Badou Jack fight in Dubai or in the UAE, or in the Middle East.
“There is no barrier, we just have to prove that this model works and we have to make May 3 an event, bring enough excitement to Five Palm Jumeirah and watch on Fite TV so that there is enough spark. Once we have a spark, we’ll blow on it and make it a fire but that’s what we need.”
One of the biggest barriers for boxing in the region is its brutal and barbaric perception.
Communicating the intricacies and nuances of the Sweet Science is one of the cornerstones for Badou Jack Promotions. This is not an event fixed on financial reward – the proceeds will be going to Jack’s foundation which has seen him spend time between fights in Jordan and Syria.
But the ripple effect to help lay the foundations for big boxing events is the initial aim.
“We’re not looking at this thing and counting our dollars and saying this makes sense,” Abdallah tells Sport360.
“The way that this thing makes sense is that people walk away from the event wanting more. It’s that the press, the spectators and the online viewers, the companies, sponsors, government and tourism industry all say this is what we need in the region.
“It then opens up the door, not just for Badou Jack Promotions, but for other boxing promotions that are here as well.
“People have to walk away saying ‘what an event’ and ‘how can we bring more of this’.”
One of the mechanisms to help hype events such as this will be the attendance of influential figures.
Former light-welterweight king Amir Khan is one such person who will be there, as will KSI.
The latter is a massive YouTube personality and after Jack walked the Briton out for his amateur clash with another internet superstar, Logan Paul, he’ll now be in attendance for this event as his coach Viddal Riley fights on the May 3 card.
Abdallah adds: “It’s funny, KSI came to Las Vegas, he came to the Mayweather Boxing Club, he trained with Floyd Sr. and he sparred with Badou. It was fun, they had a great time, a very private event of course but they had their own YouTube channel for it.
“Badou fights Adonis Stevenson, a legitimate fight, a unification title fight, a huge bout and I’m scrolling through the comments and one guy says ‘isn’t that guy who sparred KSI?’
“I’m thinking ‘what?!’. We’re so entwined in boxing that these guys have no idea about that so we’re bridging an entire demographic from an different market into the combat sports world.
“KSI is coming here to watch his coach fight, but he’s also looking at other opportunities that we’re lining up for him as well, in co-ordination with his team.”
Tickets for Badou Jack’s Knockout Night will be in limited supply but can be purchased from Friday via www.fivehotelsandresorts.com