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Hearn: I Think Jarrell Miller Has a Psychological Problem

Promoter Eddie Hearn is shaking his head at the news involving heavyweight contender Jarrell Miller, who recently failed another drug test. The boxer came up positive for a performance enhancing drug.

He was quickly removed from a planned ESPN televised fight, set for next month at the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas. The Nevada State Athletic Commission will reportedly suspend the boxer. 

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Miller was scheduled to face unified champion Anthony Joshua, who is promoted by Hearn, in June 2019 in New York City.

But a few weeks before that fight, he was removed after testing positive for several performance enhancing drugs - including GW1516, EPO and HGH.

Miller also failed a drug test in 2014. He was suspended for nine months by the California State Athletic Commission after methylhexaneamine was found in a urine sample he gave for a kickboxing fight at Glory 17.

Hearn believes Miller is suffering from a mental condition, where the boxer is not confident enough to compete without the assistance of a performance enhancer.

"What he never did in the Anthony Joshua situation was - he never held his hands up and said - 'listen, I wanted to win so bad, I cheated. I made a massive mistake, I'm sorry.' And when you look back now, it's actually worrying that he never done that. A lot of people have been saying for a long time that this guy's been cheating for a long, long time - and it worries me that if he's prepared to do what he did, after the scrutiny of the AJ situation, for a warm-up fight, then maybe he has been cheating his whole career, who knows," Hearn told Pep Talk UK.

"To be honest, I feel sorry for him. I think he has a psychological problem. I don't think that he can bring himself to fight without PEDs. That is the honest situation. It don't look good in this situation that the best thing about Jarrell Miller is his workrate and his ability to throw a lot of punches. Who knows what happened in the past, but what we do know is - for someone to behave like that, he ain't right [in the head], it's not right.

"Top Rank gave him a lifeline, they gave him a big contract when he didn't deserve it. The Nevada Commission licenses him, when some say they should have never have licensed him, but they did. But he couldn't be banned before or suspended, because he didn't have a license when he failed with AJ. Now, the Nevada Commission will undoubtedly ban him. Other commissions, not all commissions, but most commissions will follow suit with that situation. And by the way, I think every promoter and broadcaster will too.

"I think he needs to go and have his mind right. One of the most high profile doping events of all-time, and you somehow get a lifeline in your career and financially, and then you go and do that in a warm-up fight. That's why I say that I don't think he's capable of fighting without it."

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by Bunch Pag on 06-30-2020

I think Eddie is being quite diplomatic and kind here... He's failed epically for PEDs in every sport he's contested in. There's no hiding from it, he's an absolute liability and needs to be banned for life full stop.. I…

Comment by Andre_parker1 on 06-30-2020

Not trying to defend him as I thought he should've been given a longer ban but there is a chance that this is just residual amount of what he ingested for the Joshua fight similar to the jon jones case…

Comment by theface07 on 06-30-2020

Half of what Eddie is saying makes sense, the other half is totally ludicrous. Yes, Miller should be banned by all commissions and governing bodies but hell no, Miller should not be pitied because you think he has a mental…

Comment by Smash on 06-30-2020

I think jarrell miller has been treated very badly, very harshly by his drug dealer for not explaining to him the best way of taking his gear

Comment by Roberto Vasquez on 06-30-2020

I feel like Miller ate some uncastrated wild boar by accident. Easy mistake to make.

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