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Nelson: If Miller Fails Second Test, Severe Punishment Needed

As previously reported on, Anthony Joshua's next scheduled opponent Jarrell Miller has returned an "adverse finding" in a test conducted last month by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA), according to promoter Eddie Hearn.

Joshua (22-0) is set to defend his WBA, IBF, IBO and WBO heavyweight titles on his American debut against the similarly undefeated Miller at Madison Square Garden on June 1.

But while the 2012 Olympic gold medalist continues preparations for the fight, Hearn - who represents both fighters under his Matchroom banner - revealed he had been informed of an adverse finding from New Yorker Miller.

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"We have been informed by VADA that there has been an adverse finding in Jarrell Miller’s sample collected on March 20th, 2019," Hearn wrote on Twitter.

"We are working with all relevant parties and will update with more details soon. AJ's preparation continues for June 1st at MSG."

Former cruiserweight world champion and Sky Sports pundit Johnny Nelson is shocked with the news.

"It's a total shock. If it is true, it is a foolish situation to be in. If he fails a second test he has got to be punished severely. I remember Lennox Lewis boxing Vitali Klitschko. Klitschko was a stand-in and that became a life and death situation. It was a tough, tough fight but Lewis won," Nelson told Sky Sports.

"The [replacement] opponents who come in six weeks before the fight are the hard opponents. These are the ones that you can't get up for, to obsess over. For them, it's a massive opportunity. The name that comes to mind is Kubrat Pulev, who would have fought Joshua before but for injury. That is a strong possibility.

"Then there is the dangerous Luis Ortiz who has lost to Deontay Wilder before. An outside bet is Michael Hunter. There are options out there. But with only six weeks left, anybody who steps in knows they are up against it. Anthony Joshua is very formidable."

Miller (23-0-1) last fought in November, beating Romanian Bogdan Dinu inside four rounds, two months on from Joshua stopping Russia's former world champion Alexander Povetkin at Wembley in seven.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by john l on 04-18-2019

[QUOTE=Mammoth;19667979]6 month or 1 year ban. Ortiz, Povetkin, Browne... All drug cheats, all brought in big money as b sides.[/QUOTE] Yea I know boxing's record on this has been terrible but MAYBE this time with it happening to a big…

Comment by vincent on 04-18-2019

Real question is... Does he get a real sanction or a Clenelo slap on the wrist?

Comment by BigStomps on 04-18-2019

[QUOTE=DaBeastO;19666101]talk about being delusional. Fact is clenelo has been caught cheating! do you deny that basic fact? why you getting triggered? Like miller who was caught once before same goes for clenelo once a cheater always a cheater![/QUOTE] So once…

Comment by Mammoth on 04-17-2019

[QUOTE=john l;19667883]This is a two time cheat I doubt Hearn has any more interest in Miller I cant blame him.Miller should get at LEAST two yrs otherwise this will be a joke.They need to make an example NOW and since…

Comment by john l on 04-17-2019

[QUOTE=Mammoth;19665940]Heavyweight is a thin division where many have come up dirty before. If I were Matchroom I'd still try to keep friendly enough with Miller to try to make the fight down the road.[/QUOTE] This is a two time cheat…

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