Jarrell Miller Fails Drug Test:
By Matthew Dean
Anthony Joshua vs Jarrell Miller, the biggest fight for the heavyweight division so far in 2019 is currently in serious doubt.
According to Dan Rafael at ESPN, Miller has tested positive for the banned substance GW1516. This has apparently come from several sources to ESPN ahead of the planned June 1st fight as a result of a urine test.
It is likely that a hearing will summon Miller and his licence to fight will not be granted.
Miller’s promotors Dmitriy Salita & Greg Cohen are awaiting further information about the tests but say Miller is still training for the match at Madison Square Garden.
Hearn has acknowledged this also stating
“We have been informed by VADA that there has been an adverse finding in Jarrell Miller’s sample collected on March 20th, 2019,” Hearn said in a statement. “We are working with all relevant parties and will update with more details soon. AJ’s preparation continues for June 1st at MSG.”
GW1516, also called Cardarine and Endurobol is on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s banned list. It can be used to enhance fat loss or to boost endurance.
Whatever happens it is a major blow as this was planned as the big launch of the Brit in America.
If Jarrell is out as seems likely, the search to find a new suitable opponent will begin. But with the fight only a matter of weeks away, that search will not be easy.