Miller was due to make his comeback from a ban for a separate positive test before he was due to fight Anthony Joshua
The American heavyweight Jarrell Miller has reportedly tested positive for a banned substance and will not make his planned comeback on July 9. He will be placed on temporary suspension by the Nevada State Athletic Commission on Monday morning.
Miller signed with Las Vegas-based Top Rank – who promote Tyson Fury in the United States – seven months ago and was to make his first appearance since testing positive for three banned substances in 2019</a> which saw the 31-year-old suspended and removed from a world title challenge against Anthony Joshua last year.
Miller was replaced then by Andy Ruiz Jr on just three weeks notice, the Mexican-American going on to defeat Joshua by stoppage. The suspension and positive tests ahead of the Joshua fight costing Brooklyn-based Miller a reported purse of $7 million.
“Top Rank is aware of the situation and Jarrell Miller will be placed on temporary suspension on Monday morning with the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC). He is also out of his July 9 fight” a spokesperson for Top Rank confirmed to Telegraph Sport on Saturday night.
Miller had regained his licence with NSAC but if proven true, may face serious long-term repercussions from the authorities over his licence. The alleged test would make it a fourth positive test in a year, with the results from a blood sample collected from Miller by VADA last year returning positive for human growth hormone (HGH), a separate sample on the same day positive for EPO, which increases the oxygen-carrying capacity of blood, and the banned GW1516.
Miller also previously served a nine-month suspension from the California State Athletic Commission after testing positive for Dimethylamylamine as a kickboxer. Six years ago Several prominent boxing figures, including promoter Lou DiBella, were heavily critical of the heavyweight.
“I am beyond angry at boxing. Our entire industry is shameful for not having compelled him to be tested after the AJ fiasco. Where was every US Commission, the ABC, or the rating organisations. I have known Big Baby forever, but this is strike three” wrote DiBella on his social media.