The fight between the British Anthony ‘AJ’ Joshua and the American Jarrell ‘Big Baby’ Miller is no longer sure to take place on the 1st of June. This Tuesday, the results of a urine test showed that Jarrell Miller was tested positive for the illegal substance of GW1516. Joshua’s US debut and world title defence, are in doubt.
The American challenger was submitted to the drug test on March 20 by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA). VADA can ask a professional boxer to volunteer to be subjected to surprise testing during the eight weeks that lead up to the expected fight. The organization gives athletes the opportunity to show their commitment to neatly clean sport.
The drug that was found in Miller's results is more commonly known as Cardarine or Endurobol. It is a substance which boosts endurance and supposedly can trick your body into burning fat. In the US, the synthetic drug is legal to buy, possess and sell but it is illegal to tag it for human consumption. It is often promoted on bodybuilding websites and has been available on the black market since 2008.
In this period leading up to the 2008 Olympics, concerns rose because GW1516 could easily be used by athletes as it could not be detected by standard tests. This was one of the main reasons for the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to add the drug to the prohibited list in 2009. Urine tests were developed to trace the use of it in sports events.
In 2013, WADA even went as far as to warn the users of the drug of its possible dangers to one’s health. In 2007, the drug was animal tested and showed results of speedily developing cancer in organs.
During the first announcement of their fight, Miller accused his British opponent of using illegal substances in the past. In the press conference he said:
”We can see it, you can look at him and say this dude is on steroids”
Given the events, the match between Joshua and Miller is uncertain to take place this summer. The fight would be Joshua’s debut in the United States in which he is supposed to be defending his heavyweight world title. Both boxers are yet to comment on the outcome of the drug test.
Last year, Anthony Joshua exclaimed he would rather stop boxing than failing a doping test. He explained it would never happen because he would prefer to lose a fight over taking any illegal performance-enhancing substances.
Miller will most likely face a hearing before the New York State Athletic Commission. If he is charged for failing this drug test, he could be looking at at least twelve months of suspension which would make sure his fight with Joshua gets canceled. Furthermore, it will cost him millions if he is removed from the fight as he was due to earn $4 million.
Eddie Hearn, Joshua’s professional promoter, said that all relevant parties are working on finding more information about the incident. He informed his Twitter followers that Joshua’s preparations for the fight on June 1st will continue, regardless. It is likely that Matchroom Sport, Joshua’s promotional team, will find a replacement for Miller if he were to be excluded from ring participation.
This is the second time that ‘Big Baby’ has tested positive in a drug test. In 2014, when Miller still was in his kickboxing days, the American was suspended for nine months after he tested positive.
On the 1st of June, Joshua and, hopefully, Miller will enter the ring in Madison Square Garden, the cradle of professional boxing in the United States. The fight has been a highly anticipated one because both athletes have been undefeated in their professional boxing careers. The noteworthy status of the two heavyweight boxers has made sure they both spit some tough statements towards each other in the press conferences in their press tour.
We are sure to keep you up to date about the details of this drug test, the fight in general and whether Miller will be allowed to enter the ring on June 1st. A match, with or without Jarrell Miller is sure to take place, so don’t forget to place your bets if you haven’t yet! Check out the latest Joshua vs. Miller odds here!