Jarrell Miller: ‘Adverse finding’ in drug’s test ahead of Anthony Joshua bout | UK News

Anthony Joshua’s next fight has been thrown into serious doubt after an “adverse finding” was found in a drug test on his opponent, Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller.

The American, 30, who is due to fight IBF, WBA, and WBO heavyweight world champion Joshua on 1 June in New York, recorded the result in a Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) test.

But promoter Eddie Hearn hinted on Twitter on Tuesday night that Joshua, 29, may still be on the bill at Madison Square Garden that night on what was meant to be his planned US debut.

Joshua held on to all three of his titles
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Anthony Joshua holds three heavyweight titles

He wrote: “We have been informed by VADA that there has been an adverse finding in Jarrell Miller’s sample collected on March 20, 2019.

“We are working with all relevant parties and will update with more details soon. AJ’s preparation continues for June 1 at MSG.”

Miller’s co-promoter Dmitry Salita confirmed the news, saying his boxer would continue to train as they sought more information.

Miller faces missing out on a $6.5m (£4.98m) payday, by far the biggest purse of his career, if he is suspended and cannot take on Joshua in their world title unification fight.

Joshua’s take from the fight was set to be $30m (£23m).

Miller has in the past accused Joshua of using performance enhancing drugs (PEDs), both before and after their fight was made.

The New York-born boxer himself failed a PED test in June 2014, when he was also a kickboxer.

Anthony Joshua won thanks to a seventh-round stoppage
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Anthony Joshua beat Alexander Povetkin at Wembley in his last fight

Miller was suspended for nine months and fined $2,500 (£1,916) after he tested positive for methylhexaneamine, a dietary supplement used for weight loss and improving athletic performance, among other things.

Hearn’s hint that Joshua will still take part suggests he is planning for the British champion to face a different opponent, but that could be in doubt with just six weeks to go before the fight.

Anthony Joshua lands on Alexander Povetkin
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Anthony Joshua lands a right hand on Alexander Povetkin

Joseph Parker, whom Joshua beat on points in Cardiff last year to win the WBO belt, said on Twitter he was “very ready and willing” to step in.

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