Heavyweight Jarrell Miller fails fourth drug test and pulled from comeback fight

Jarrell Miller ringside at a fight
Miller blew a title fight with AJ (Picture: Getty)

 

Jarrell Miller has once again tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug and has been pulled from his comeback fight against Jerry Forrest on 9 July, Top Rank has confirmed.

ESPN and Top Rank had placed the controversial heavyweight at the top of their fight night next month despite the fact Miller had failed three different drug tests in 2019.

Miller was axed from his clash with three-belt world champion Anthony Joshua last June when it emerged he had tested positive for a slew of banned substances.

The Athletic reported Miller has failed another test and alleges the American has tested positive for GW1516, a drug used to aid endurance and boost aerobic power.

Top Rank confirmed the news shortly after it broke, with Vice President Carl Moretti telling the Athletic: ‘We are aware of the situation.

‘He will be placed on temporary suspension by the Nevada State Athletic Commission on Monday morning.

‘We are currently filling the main event from July 9.’

Anthony Joshua faces off with Jarrell Miller
Miller accused AJ of taking PEDs (Picture: Getty)

 

Miller has not fought since failing multiple drug tests just over a year ago and Forrest was meant to be his comeback fight after he signed a promotional deal with Top Rank.

Lou DiBella promotes Forrest and slammed the fighter for repeatedly doping offences.

‘I was beside myself right after we made that fight and I found out that no one compelled this guy to enter into any form of PED testing,’ DiBella said.

‘So he blows a heavyweight title fight at MSG, and no commission, no ratings organization, not the Association of Boxing Commission, no one compelled him to enter into testing. This unfortunately isn’t a surprise to me.

‘I expected him to be with astute enough PED people that since this fight was made with under 30 days’ notice that he would by cycling down and wouldn’t be caught.

‘But I assumed he would be dirty and told Jerry, and Jerry said he would beat him anyway.’

Miller did not serve a ban for his doping violations in 2019 as he was not licensed to fight in New York at the time of the test results, but this time round the 31-year-old does hold licence in Nevada.

After initially accepting responsibility for his actions and asking for forgiveness, Miller has since denied he intentionally took any performance-enhancing drugs.

The cancellation is the fourth time in July ESPN has been forced to axe a main event in their behind closed door fight nights, with Jamel Herring vs Jonathan Oquendo, Eleider Alvarez vs Joe Smith Jr and Ivan Baranchyk vs Jose Zepeda also being called off at short notice.

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