Anthony Joshua‘s American debut is in jeopardy after opponent Jarrell ‘Big Baby’ Miller was reported to have failed a drugs test.
Joshua was scheduled to fight Miller at New York’s Madison Square Garden on June 1.
The revelation of a negative finding for performance enhancing drugs on March 20 almost certainly leaves promoter Eddie Hearn scrambling to find a replacement.
Joshua’s opponent Jarrell ‘Big Baby’ Miller failed a drugs test, it was reported in the US tonight
ESPN, citing three people with knowledge of the situation, said 30-year-old Miller tested positive for banned muscle growth substance GW1516. A second sample may now be tested.
Heavyweight champion Joshua could be without an opponent for his slated US debut
The saving grace for the Joshua camp is that there is still six weeks to go, which should allow time to find another heavyweight.
Hearn has a stable of British heavyweights but the difficulty would be finding an American to take over good enough to attract a big crowd in New York and the television sales.
Before tonight’s news, the fight had broken sales records for the iconic New York venue, taking just two hours to become the highest-grossing pre-sale there ever.
Watford-born former Olympian Joshua is due to have his WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight titles on the line in the bout.
This morning promoter Hearn Tweeted: ‘We have been informed by VADA that there has been an adverse finding in Jarrell Miller’s sample collected on March 20th, 2019. We are working with all relevant parties and will update with more details soon. AJ’s preparation continues for June 1st at MSG.’
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