Dec 2, 2020
Boxing’s Jarrell Miller has been suspended for performance-enhancing drug use. Again.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to ban Miller for two years due to a positive drug test for the banned substance GW501516. Miller, a heavyweight once tied to a big title fight against Anthony Joshua, can get a six-month reduction to that suspension if he completes a performance-enhancing drug treatment program, as well as a random drug-testing program administered by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency at the fighter’s expense.
Miller, 32, was scheduled to fight Jerry Forrest on July 9, 2020, in Las Vegas but failed an out-of-competition drug test leading into that bout and was forced to withdraw.
In June 2019, Miller was supposed to fight Joshua for Joshua’s WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight titles at Madison Square Garden. In advance of that fight, Miller tested positive for GW501516, a metabolic performance enhancer, which caused the New York State Athletic Commission to deny him a license. Miller tested positive for banned substances EPO (erythropoietin) and HGH (human growth hormone) in a subsequent test. The WBA suspended Miller six months.
In an interview with Fight Network this past June, Miller said that he has never taken “a steroid for performance-enhancing purposes” but that he has used drugs to heal injuries.
“Did I take something for healing properties, for injuries?” Miller said. “Yes, I have. But to win a fight and during a training camp? No, I have never done that.
“Nobody can be more outraged than me. I’m the one that’s lost millions of dollars. I’m the one that’s had his career on the line.”
Miller (23-0-1) has 20 knockouts in 23 pro victories. The Brooklyn native has not fought since a 2018 win over Bogdan Dinu to claim the WBA-NABA