What Does Eddie Hearn Want From Jarrell Miller?
When Jarrel Miller failed another drug test before his Top Rank debut, he didn’t just disappoint himself by not earning a payday. “Big Baby” ended up disappointing his promoters and those that invested in him, literally and figuratively.
Miller (23-0-1) tested positive for GW1516, resulting in his July 9 Top Rank debut against Jerry Forrest to be rebooked. Suspended by the Nevada Athletic Commission, it is not the first time that Miller tested positive. Back in 2019, Miller was supposed to face Anthony Joshua in June for the WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO Heavyweight Titles inside Madison Square Garden. He failed three separate drug tests before the fight (all for GW501516, HGH, and IPO) and was suspended six months by the WBA, among other punishments.
With Matchroom Boxing at the time, Miller disappointed Eddie Hearn, and the latter is looking to collect. Speaking with IFL TV, Hearn stated that Miller was to owe him and Matchroom a percentage of his purse from the Forrest fight as a result of the Joshua fight getting scrapped.
“He was due to make good money,” Hearn said, via Boxing Scene. “He had a sign-on bonus from Top Rank and [James] Prince, I believe, which he’s probably gonna have to repay. He owes me money. We were getting paid [from] this fight [for] the money he owes us from the Joshua fight. The up-front payment that we gave him, which he has to return, because he failed a drug test.”
Miller would end up stating it was a stem cell shot that ended up causing the initial failed tests. He has recently denied knowingly taking performance-enhancing drugs during this latest controversy. As a kickboxer, Miller was suspended nine months by the California State Athletic Commission after testing positive for methylhexaneamine in 2014. This was while he was under the GLORY banner.
There may be a chance Matchroom will take legal action against Miller to gain the profits they lost. Hearn would end up stating to Pep Talk UK that Miller needs help as a result of needing whatever he was tested positive for to perform.
“To be honest, I feel sorry for him,” Hearn stated. “I think he has a psychological problem. I don’t think that he can bring himself to fight without PEDs. That is the honest situation. It don’t look good in this situation that the best thing about Jarrell Miller is his workrate and his ability to throw a lot of punches. Who knows what happened in the past, but what we do know is – for someone to behave like that, he ain’t right [in the head], it’s not right.
Miller last fought in November 2018, beating Bogdan Dinu via knockout for the interim WBA-NABA and WBO-NABO Heavyweight Titles.