Joshua-Miller Await B-Sample Test
In the outset of 2019, Jarrell Miller was on the top of the boxing world, as he signed a deal to fight Anthony Joshua for the unified world heavyweight title inside Madison Square Garden.
Now, since late Tuesday night, the possibility of Miller making it to the ring have been dashed by an “abnormal finding” in a test conducted by WADA.
While Miller has not been taken off the card, the Brooklyn born boxer awaits the testing of a “B” sample, that would verify the results of the March 20th test that Miller was popped for.
In the mean time, Joshua and his team are playing the waiting game with a line forming around the block.
“Obviously we got a lot of phone calls from heavyweights who smell (opportunity),” Eddie Hearn, Joshua’s promoter acknowledged in a recent interview with IFL TV. “We’ve got to go through the ones who are genuine and the ones we think are credible, then go from there.”
While a line forms to take his spot, Miller is dealing not only with VADA, but the New York State Athletic Commission, who are currently investigating the situation.
“There’s not anything else,” Hearn confirming that June 1st was a go. “We haven’t talked about a new date. We’ve sold over 17,000 tickets, we’ve got 10,000 Brits flying in.”
If the B-Sample is found to have a similar result as the original March 20th sample, this would mark the second time in Miller’s combat sports career, testing positive in June 2014 for nasal stimulant, methylhexaneamine.
The test would come after a rematch with Mirko Cro Cop, earning him a $2,500 fine and a nine-month suspension from the California State Athletic Commission, which proved moot as it was the final fight of his boxing career.
While Joshua has stayed mum on the matter publicly, Eddie Hearn reported that his fighter was not surprised and ready to get back to work.
“When I told AJ the news, he didn’t even sound that surprised,” Hearn said. “He said, ‘Well who’s next?’ I asked him, ‘Who do you want?” He told me, ‘Absolutely anyone.’
“Last night, I had 16 fighters (contact) me for this fight. Now, we get to find out who’s real and who’s not.”
Initial Report: Boxing Scene