The boxing exile of Jarrell Miller is fast approaching an end.
Miller, the brash heavyweight contender who saw his once promising career go belly-up from a slew of drug test failures, is set to return to the ring June 25 as the headliner on a Triller Fight Club card. Out of the ring for nearly four years, the Brooklyn native is expected to face Nigeria’s Onoriode Ehwarieme.
The timing of the fight could not be any better for Miller, who was handed a 24-month backdated suspension in December 2020 by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for testing positive for a banned substance (GW501516, a fat burner) ahead of his July 9 fight earlier that year with Jerry Forrest.
Miller’s suspension ends on June 16, or nine days before his scheduled comeback. In a deal made with the NSAC, Miller is immediately eligible to apply for a license after the conclusion of his suspension, so long as he continues to participate in random drug testing administered by VADA.
Miller’s comeback was announced on the Triller Fight Club pay-per-view broadcast featuring Sergey Kovalev in a 10-round cruiserweight bout against Tervel Pulev at the Kia Forum in Inglewood, California, which Kovalev, making his debut at the weight, would go on to win on points. The Miller-Ehwarieme bout was printed on the canvas.
Miller, 33, has not fought since November 2018, when he drubbed Bogdan Dinu in four rounds at Kansas Star Arena in Mulvane, Kansas. His upcoming opponent, 34-year-old Ehwarieme (20-2, 19 KOs) is 3-2 in his last three fights.
Miller has tested positive for performance enhancing drugs several times throughout his career, the most infamous of which took place ahead of his scheduled June 2019 bout against then unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The drugs in question were human growth hormone, EPO and GW501516 – the latter was the same substance for which he was busted ahead of his bout with Forrest.
Miller (23-0-1, 20 KOs) also tested positive for a banned substance in 2014, back when he was a professional kickboxer.