Miller: Stem Cell Shot Caused Failed Drug Tests
June 2019 was supposed to be the moment Jarrell Miller showed the entire world what he can do. “Big Baby” and Anthony Joshua were supposed to clash for the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO Heavyweight Titles inside Madison Square Garden. It looked as if he had gotten into the head of Joshua, a rare accomplishment. Everything went downhill from there.
Miller (23-0-10) failed three separate drug tests before the fight, forcing him out of action. He was also suspended six months by the WBA to add on to his punishment. There was never really a true explanation given. Miller has now decided to share his side of the story. Speaking with bonuscodes.co.uk, Miller revealed an injury to his elbow was a factor in the failed tests and suspension.
VADA (Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency) wanted to make sure he was taking whatever was part of protocol. Miller decided to go a route that can help him in the long run.
“It was an injury I had for a long time,” Miller stated, via World Boxing News. “I just wanted to be 100 percent for the fight, 100 percent healthy. So we looked at alternatives to get things done and one thing led to another. I was seen by the doctors. By the time I got signed off to do certain things towards the injury I took a stem cell shot, which is known to have healing properties that are very strong and that’s when we had the positive tests of those components.”
Once Miller was suspended, Andy Ruiz Jr. was chosen as his replacement. He ended up beating Joshua via TKO in the seventh round in what became one of the biggest upsets in boxing. Joshua would reclaim the belts a few months later.