Jarrell 'Big Baby' Miller has denied any taking any banned substances after it was announced this week that he had failed a drug test ahead of his June 1st fight with Anthony Joshua at Madison Square Garden.
Miller has since been denied a licence by the New York State Athletic Commission for the bout which is scheduled to be heavyweight champion Joshua's US debut. That decision currently leaves Joshua without an opponent.
"I am absolutely devastated upon hearing the news my boxing license has been revoked in NY State and I will be vigorously appealing this decision," the 30-year-old Miller wrote on Instagram.
I have NEVER knowingly taken any banned substance and when I found out the news last night I was totally shocked.
My team and I stand for integrity, decency & honesty and together we will stand to fight this with everything we have!
This was a voluntary test that I was very happy to do and these results came just one week after another voluntary test that I had taken which was completely clean. I refuse to just lie down and let my dream be taken away from me when I know in my heart that I’ve done nothing wrong.
15 years of hard work. I’m [a] WARRIOR .. I don’t need a banned substance.
Remember don’t believe everything you hear and see. The facts will prevail and I shall be vindicated. I don’t have anything to hide and the truth will make itself known.
ESPN has reported that the substance for which Miller tested positive is known as Cardarine and Endurobol. It could be used as a fat burner and to increase endurance. The positive test came from a sample collected by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association on March 20th.