Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller took to Instagram to make his first public statement since losing his chance at Anthony Joshua and the unified heavyweight championship.
Miller tested positive for the banned performance enhancer GW1516 in a March 20 urine test conducted by VADA, but Miller requested a B-sample be used. However, Miller failed two VADA tests on March 31 — testing positive for HGH in a blood test and once again for GW1516, as well as EPO, in a second urine test.
Miller posted the video statement to his Instagram account, acknowledging his wrongdoings and promising to change his ways.
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“I messed up. I made a bad call,” Miller said. “Lot of ways to handle the situation. I handled it wrongly and I’m paying the price for it. Missing out on a big opportunity and I’m hurting on the inside. My heart is bleeding right now. I hurt my family and friends, my team and my supporters. But I’m going to own up to it.
I’m going to deal with it. I’m going to correct it and I’m going to come back better. I’m humbled by the experience. I understand how to handle certain things. I’m going to leave it at that. I love you guys. I appreciate you guys out there. Fighters go through a lot and I don’t want to make it a bad name for ourselves. It’s time to do right and make it right.
Several commenters, including fellow boxer Peter Quillin, former GLORY Kickboxing champion Robin Van Roosmalen and UFC fighter Desmond Green offered support and encouragement to Miller.
One that didn’t was rival heavyweight Dillian Whyte, who called Miller a “fat [expletive]” in the comments.
Eddie Hearn, promoter for Joshua, says a replacement opponent will be made next week.