Hearn: “You Can’t Ignore What Miller Did”
Eddie Hearn was surprised at the sight of Jarrell Miller at the post-fight press conference for Devin Haney’s fight at the Hulu Theater, he was even more surprised to hear Miller’s willingness to return to his stable.
“That’s one of the first times I’ve heard him say (his) mistakes, etc.,” Hearn told reporters. “I think that’s important to say it. I believe that he has a big heart—but you can’t ignore what happened.
“That’s another story. You got to hold your hands up and say ‘I’ve done wrong.’ That’s it.”
“The only thing on the mind, if Big Baby would’ve been able to fight, who knows what would’ve happened,” Hearn said of Miller who tested positive for PEDs less than a month from his scheduled June 1st fight with Anthony Joshua. “Maybe Joshua would’ve beaten him, maybe he would’ve beaten Joshua. Maybe Joshua would’ve won and we wouldn’t have to go to the rematch somewhere.
“It’s one of those situations where it changed everybody’s life. We’ll see if (Joshua) can put it right on Dec. 7, if we see a different AJ on Dec. 7 and he will have to be in order to beat Andy Ruiz. We’ll see whatever moves (Miller) makes, if it’s ESPN or whatever.”
“You know, it’s remarkable… AJ was asked the question (if he would still) fight Big Baby,” Hearn said of Joshua’s media tour for his December 7th rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr. for the unified world heavyweight championship.“AJ said ‘Yeah, I’d love to fight him.’ I was really surprised by that.”
“He was pumped for that (June 1) fight (with Miller), really pumped for that fight. When the pin was deflated from him and he had to fight Andy Ruiz—and I’m not taking anything away from Andy, he was brilliant—but (Joshua) didn’t have that same spring in his step.”
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