Joshua’s Opponent, Miller Fails Second Test

Jarrell Miller, who was scheduled to face Anthony Joshua has returned a second “adverse finding” from a second drugs test and will surely now be replaced as Anthony Joshua’s next opponent, Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn has revealed.

Miller failed a first drug test after an adverse finding from a sample taken on 20 March.

Joshua will now need to find a new opponent for British IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight title bout. The new opponent is expected to be announced next week. Hearn had previously stated that Joshua would continue his preparations.

Possible replacement for Miller are Cuba’s Luis Ortiz, Poland’s Adam Kownacki and American Michael Hunter.

“Ultimately we want someone from the top 15 that’s going to put up a great fight, who is going to come to win. That’s the most important thing. 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 said.

Hearn said Miller had “failed a second separate test for a further substance”.

After his first test returned an adverse finding, Miller’s team had requested that a B sample be tested, and insisted that Miller had done nothing wrong.

“The facts will prevail and I shall be vindicated,” Miller said on Thursday.



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