Wilder: Miller “Let Down Family/Kids” With Test Failure
While unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua has remained silent on Jarrell Miller being found to have tested positive for a banned substance, WBC world heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder shared his disappointment in Miller.
As reported this week, Miller failed a VADA drug test on March 20th, testing positive for a drug designed to help people shed weight. And while Miller and his team vigorously deny he knowingly took any banned substances, he’s been denied a license to fight in the state of New York.
Now, with an opening for the June 1st fight against Joshua at Madison Square Garden, Wilder feels Luis Ortiz would be the perfect opponent to step in.
“Out of all those guys, Luis Ortiz would be the man who’d be ready. Luis Ortiz always trains. After my fight, he stayed training. He stayed doing something, he stayed waiting on that call. People want to talk about his last performance, yeah, yeah, yeah, we all have an off day, we all can’t be perfect, even the best of the best,” Wilder told AB Boxing News.
“I’m disappointed because he let his family down, he let his kids down,” Wilder said of Miller, who was set for the biggest opportunity of his career. “He let a life changing opportunity slip through his hands and that’s what I’m mostly disappointed in, because of the family. He talked about how he came up and living with roaches and having to add water to milk, just like a lot of our culture who have to go through the same thing. But when you get this opportunity, you hold this opportunity dear. The things that you know are going to get you in trouble, you don’t do it,” Wilder explained.
“This man, with the opportunity he had to make the money he was going to make, I wouldn’t have been taking nothing. I’d have just been drinking motherf***ing water. Win, lose or draw he was going to get this money and it was life changing money, no-one was expecting him to beat Joshua anyway.”
“He is not a likeable guy in boxing anyway. The people in boxing, the business side of boxing, don’t like Jarrell Miller because of how he carries himself, the things he says. A lot of people are happy this happened to him,” Wilder said concluded.
Initial Report: The Sun