Jarrell Miller has reportedly tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug less a year after a failed test cost him a fight against Anthony Joshua.
‘Big Baby’ was set to have his first bout back in the sport on July 9 against Jerry Forrest in the US. But according to reports, the 31-year-old has failed another drugs test and his fight has been pulled.
Former kickboxer Miller got his shot at champ AJ last summer after smashing past Tomasz Adamek and Bogdan Dinu.
But he missed out on his big night at Madison Square Garden and a £4million payday against the Brit after testing positive for banned substances GW501516, EPO and HGH.
The New York State Athletic Commission rejected his application for a boxing licence in the States with Ruiz Jr taking his place.
The Mexican went on to shock the world by winning the heavyweight titles, while the World Boxing Association handed the 6’4″ Miller a six-month suspension and took him out of their top 15 rankings.
He blamed the test failures on a stem cell shot he received to deal with lingering elbow issues. During his absence he has signed up with Bob Arum’s Top Rank, and spoke of how excited he was to return.
He said: “It’s been good working with Bob [Arum], and figuring out what’s the best road to take, and I can’t wait. There are a lot of different things and a lot of different aspects. The main thing is sitting down with the team and figuring out what’s the best route to take. Then it’s once we come up with a game plan, it’s execute it strongly and non-stop. I don’t care who it is and where it’s at, I just want to knock somebody’s head off, and I want to prove to the fans that Big Baby’s mind is 100 per cent right.”
A spokesperson for Top Rank said: “Top Rank is aware of the situation and Jarrell Miller will be placed on temporary suspension on Monday morning with the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC). He is also out of his July 9 fight.”Photo Credit: Getty