World Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua’s American debut is in jeopardy after opponent Jarrell ‘Big Baby’ Miller was reported to have failed a drugs test.
Joshua was scheduled to fight Miller at New York’s Madison Square Garden on June 1.
The revelation of a negative finding for performance-enhancing drugs on March 20 almost certainly leaves promoter Eddie Hearn scrambling to find a replacement.
Hearn tweeted: ‘We have been informed by VADA that there has been an adverse finding in Jarrell Miller’s sample collected on March 20th, 2019.
‘We are working with all relevant parties and will update with more details soon. AJ’s preparation continues for June 1st at MSG.’
ESPN, citing three people with knowledge of the situation, said 30-year-old Miller tested positive for banned muscle growth substance GW1516. A second sample may now be tested.
The substance was added to the World Anti-Doping Agency’s banned list in 2009.
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