Eddie Hearn, promoter for Anthony Joshua, is shocked with the recent chatter that Jarrell Miller is under consideration to face Tyson Fury in the fall.
Miller and his co-promoter Greg Cohen were ringside last Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, and watched Fury demolish Tom Schwarz in two rounds.
Afterwards, Miller told reporters that he had conversations with Fury's co-promoter, Bob Arum of Top Rank.
On June 1 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, Miller was scheduled to face Joshua for the WBO, IBO, WBA, IBF world titles.
But a few weeks before the contest was scheduled to come off, Miller was pulled from the fight after failing three separate drug tests.
Miller tested positive for banned performance enhancing drugs, such as EPO, HGH and GW1516.
Fans and observers were shocked when Miller was handed a mere six month suspension, and that came from the WBA.
Because Miller had yet to be licensed to fight by the New York State Athletic Commission, they were legally blocked off from handing down a more serious suspension.
Of course Miller was replaced by Andy Ruiz, who pulled off a massive shocker when he stopped Joshua in seven rounds to capture the four titles.
Hearn is shocked that Miller, so soon after testing positive for dangerous PEDs, is even being discussed for a potential Fury clash.
“The dust hasn’t settled though, has it?,” Hearn told IFL TV.
“I’m not bothered about Jarrell Miller, but the dust hasn’t settled. How can you say the dust has settled? People ask me if I would work with Jarrell Miller again. In two years, three years, who knows what could happen? Right now, how can you work with Jarrell Miller? We’re talking about something that happened six or eight weeks ago.
“That’s everything that’s wrong with boxing, if you don’t make an example of people like this. This wasn’t just one little substance that could be found in this, this is all out blatant cheating. I’ve said, I like Jarrell Miller, but if we don’t make an example of this, why do we even bother? What’s the point in testing? Why don’t we just say ‘yeah, take what you want’.
“There are so many hypocrites in this sport, and in the past I’ve had guys box on my shows that might be a year and a half or two years after [a failed test], and they’ve been fighting again. But in this case, it’s eight weeks since, and it’s still extremely raw and personal to me.
“On a serious note, what’s the point? Someone told me it was four tests including urine and blood. There’s no remorse, it’s not like ‘yeah, I tried to get an edge and these guys told me to do this and that’, it’s literally ‘oh yeah well I had this with my elbow and this other thing, I dunno how that got in there but don’t worry about that I’m fighting soon’. What the f***? I don’t agree with it.”