Hearn: Luis Ortiz Was The First Name Anthony Joshua Gave Me

Anthony Joshua's debut fight in the United States could be in doubt after his promoter confirmed that Jarrell Miller failed a doping test.

Eddie Hearn says in a Twitter post that Joshua's camp had been informed by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association that there was an adverse finding in a sample collected from Miller on March 20.

Hearn says "we are working with all relevant parties and will update with more details soon."


Salita Promotions, which represents Miller, said Wednesday it was obtaining more information about VADA's finding and "will have more to say soon on this developing situation."

Joshua, who holds the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO belts, is scheduled to fight Miller on June 1 at Madison Square Garden.

During the promotional tour for the fight, Miller said both fighters had agreed to between 10 and 12 weeks of drug testing in the buildup to the bout.

When Hearn informed Joshua about the situation with Miller, he says the unified champion names Luis Ortiz was the first name his boxer requested.

‘[Ortiz] was the first name he gave me last night. I called him and just said, ‘mate, I’ve got terrible news, Miller’s failed a drug test’. He didn’t even sound that surprised. He said, ‘Okay, who’s next?’ ‘I asked who he wanted and he said absolutely anyone, no problem," Hearn told IFL TV.

Because of the amount of tickets that were sold, and 10,000 British fans heading over to the card, there is no discussion regarding a new date being set.

"We haven’t talked about a new date. We’ve sold 17,000 tickets with 10,000 Brits flying out, so we’ll deliver," Hearn said.

According to Hearn, there are several possible replacements and they would love Ortiz to be the guy.

 "Love that fight, that is an ideal scenario," Hearn said. "That is a big fight. My feeling from their team is he won’t be ready."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Noelanthony on 04-23-2019

[QUOTE=lion33lit;19683940]His first words are 10mil?? Where'd you get that? Post it! ...Holyfield gave himself 16wks for Mike and did wonders! Imagine he'd given himself 11 days for the biggest platform and fight of his career?? Fickle excuses???[/QUOTE] 10 million, honestly…

Comment by lion33lit on 04-23-2019

[QUOTE=Noelanthony;19668350]Takam took the fight with 11 days notice. If he really wanted to be great he would take the challenge but instead his first words are 10 million. Even 15 million wouldn’t give him more time to train. 6 weeks…

Comment by Sid-Knee on 04-22-2019

[QUOTE=5000boxing;19672752]Lmao! U lame as fuk.. I would wreck yo world fool. I play for keeps.. open hand slap? Lol.. im not even sure if im talking to a man.[/QUOTE] "I'd only have to give you an open handed slap and…

Comment by Boksfan on 04-22-2019

[QUOTE=Deontay Wilder;19673749]Ortiz never got an offer from Eddie They're gonna fight Michael Hunter on June 1 [/QUOTE] Hard to get an offer if he said he don't want that work.

Comment by Laligalaliga on 04-22-2019

[QUOTE=lion33lit;19682119]A full fledged camp isn’t a year. It’s simply the time taken to help short circuit a modern day super robot. Holyfield trained 4 months specifically for Mike. Why can’t Ortiz get 2 to 2 1/2 at least for the…

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