Issue | News | Premium | Jun 16 2019

The disgraced Jarrell Miller – ‘Did I cheat? Hell no!’

Declan Warrington catches up with Jarrell Miller and finds a different person to the sorrowful character we saw in the aftermath of his failed drug tests

IT’S been two months since Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller failed three separate drug tests and was removed from a scheduled shot at Anthony Joshua on June 1 in New York. And what a difference two months makes. Since then, Andy Ruiz Jr stepped in to take Miller’s place, stop Joshua in seven rounds and rip away the IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight titles in stunning scenes inside Madison Square Garden. A change of guard, and, it seems, a change of heart from Miller whose previous admissions of guilt have been replaced by excuses for the cocktail of performance enhancing drugs that were found in his blood. Boxing News caught up with the 30-year-old in Las Vegas, ahead of Tyson Fury’s win over Tom Schwarz.

What’s next for you, having missed out on challenging Anthony Joshua?

The suspension will be up September 19. We’re in the gym now, in cruise control, and will be in the gym hard-bodied by the end of July, looking to get a fight, looking to sign with another promoter. A promoter always has adversity when it comes to fighters; it’s how you treat them, talk to them, do things in the media. There were people in my team who didn’t handle my situation well, which taught me a lot about myself, my circle, and the people I work with.

 

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