Jarrell Miller can’t seem to stop getting in his own way.
This past weekend it was recently reported by Mike Coppinger of The Athletic that “Big Baby” has once again tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug. His July 9 Top Rank debut against Jerry Forrest is officially off. The drug GW1516 was found in his system, which helps with power and endurance.
“We are aware of the situation, he will be placed on temporary suspension on Monday morning by the Nevada State Athletic Commission,” Top Rank Vice President of Boxing Carl Moretti told ESPN.
This is the second time in a year that Miller (23-0-1) has been suspended for drug use. 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), forcing him out of action. He was also suspended six months by the WBA to add to his punishment. Miller would end up stating it was a stem cell shot that ended up causing the failed tests.
The 31-year-old last fought in November 2018, beating Bogdan Dinu via knockout for the interim WBA-NABA and WBO-NABA Heavyweight Titles. It was his second win in a row via knockout, his 20th overall. The former kickboxer has been hoping to move back to contention after signing with Top Rank by eventually facing world champion Tyson Fury.
“I was beside myself right after we made that fight and I found out that no one compelled this guy to enter into any form of PED testing,” Lou DiBella, Forrest’s promoter, stated to The Athletic. “So he blows a heavyweight title fight at MSG, and no commission, no ratings organization, not the Association of Boxing Commission, no one compelled him to enter into testing. This unfortunately isn’t a surprise to me.
“In this mind it’s a third strike. I knew Jarrell since he was a kid, but this is to the point of disrespect for the sport, disrespect for the opponent. This is crazy.”
Before boxing, Miller was suspended nine months by the California State Athletic Commission after testing positive for methylhexaneamine in 2014, a banned substance. This was while he was under the GLORY banner.
Since the failed test was announced, Team Miller has not sent out a response yet.