After Squandering History, Miller Eyes Return
2019 was set to be the year of Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller.
After leaving a trail of devastation and smack talk in his wake, Miller was set to face Anthony Joshua on June 1st for the unified world heavyweight championship.
Then, Miller’s hopes of world championship glory went up in smoke after he failed for numerous performance-enhancing and banned substances, just over a month from fighting for the world title inside Madison Square Garden.
Now, Miller and his promoter Greg Cohen are working to bring Miller back to the ring after the end of his six-month backdated suspension by the WBA, who suspended him for his first negative test dated on March 23rd but not found until mid-April.
“The plan is to get him a license and return to the ring hopefully in October,” Cohen told BoxingScene.com.
“Look, we could’ve played (loose) with the rules, take Big Baby to another country where the suspension wouldn’t be recognized and have kept him active,” Cohen continued.
“But we want to show that we—and especially he—takes this very seriously and fully intend to go through the proper channels to resume his boxing career.”
Forced to the sidelines, Miller’s failure brought forth the rise of Andy Ruiz, who stepped in for Miller and shocked the world by knocking out Joshua and becoming the unified world heavyweight champion.
With no crowning moment inside his hometown arena, no multi-million dollar rematch, and more importantly, no world heavyweight championship, Miller is standing ready to climb again.
“Jarrell has kept in (boxing) shape, ready to return,” Cohen affirmed. “If we tell him he’s got a fight in October, he will expect another one to come in December.”