Published: Sat, April 20, 2019

Jarrell Miller fails second drug test, fight with Anthony Joshua off

Jarrell Miller fails second drug test, fight with Anthony Joshua off

Undefeated heavyweight contender Jarrell "Big Baby" Miller addresses his fans and supporters in Belize and overseas with these words in a short Facebook video posted this evening after news broke earlier today of a second failed drug test in as many days. "I don't want someone who wants to take a payday on 1 June, I want someone who wants to come and rip the world heavyweight title from Joshua".

Hearn had already started the search for alternative opponents from the point of VADA's first update, and he wrote on social media on Friday: "We have now received news from VADA that Jarrell Miller has now failed a second separate test for a further substance".

Miller recently tested positive for human growth hormone (HGH) which is on the World Anti-Doping Agency banned list.

HGH is one of the substances of choice used during baseball's so-called steroids era of the 1990s and 2000s.

In a video message posted on Instagram, Miller said: "I messed up". "[There are] a lot of ways to handle the situation". I've fought and hurt every single person that's been in the ring with me and still they still want questions answered. My heart is bleeding right now. I hurt my family, my friends, my team, my supporters.

"I'm learning this business as I go on and I know what me and Joshua means to the sport of boxing". I'm going to deal with it. "I'm going to come back better and I'm humbled by the experience". I've proven time and time again that I will fight any heavyweight, but when it's as big as me and Joshua then it has to be right.

The 30-year-old has been made a top priority for Miller's replacement because boxing promoter Eddie Hearn's main criteria was to replace Miller with another American.

"Believe me, this fight is going to happen", roared a jovial Wilder from his Alabama training camp hours after the Miller bombshell dropped. "You always want to give an athlete the benefit of the doubt, but this leaves no doubt", Hearn told ESPN. AJ's new opponent for June 1 will be announced next week.

"It feels like we need an American fighter or someone that the American market is also familiar with", Hearn was previously quoted as saying to BBC Sport.

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