Boxing News At Five | Apr 18 2019

Boxing News at Five: Miller protests his innocence following drug test fail, Lemieux injured, out of Ryder fight

Jarrell Miller won't be fighting Anthony Joshua but will be appealing licence suspension, and David Lemieux withdraws from John Ryder clash
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PERHAPS the only thing more inevitable than a host of heavyweight contenders begging for an Anthony Joshua payday on June 1 was a statement of denial released by Jarrell Miller, the challenger whose unfortunate failed VADA test has caused all manner of disruption.

Yesterday it was revealed Miller’s voluntary test was flagged for traces of endurobol, a steroid, and he was promptly suspended by the New York State Athletic Commission. This meant that not only had his reputation been blackened (this is the second time Miller has failed a test in his combat sports career) but that he is also now guaranteed to miss out on the reported $6 million payday he would have received for boxing Joshua in New York.

Fair to say, ‘Big Baby’ has had better weeks.


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