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Wilder Slams Miller For Failed Test: He Let His Family Down

WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder is "disappointed" with the recent news that Jarrell Miller failed a pre-fight drug test, which the boxer took in connection to a planned fight with IBF, IBO, WBA, WBO champion Anthony Joshua.

The fight with Joshua was scheduled for June 1 at Madison Square Garden in New York City

Because he tested positive for a performance enhancer, Miller was denied a license to fight in New York, and Joshua is searching for a new opponent.

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Wilder has a history with opponents testing positive for PEDs. He's had three opponents fall out in the last few years due to drug test failures.

As far as a new opponent, Wilder believes Cuban puncher Luis Ortiz would be the perfect replacement.

Wilder stopped Ortiz in ten rounds back in March of 2018.

"Out of all those guys, Luis Ortiz would be the man who’d be ready. Luis Ortiz always trains. After my fight, he stayed training. He stayed doing something, he stayed waiting on that call. People want to talk about his last performance, yeah, yeah, yeah, we all have an off day, we all can’t be perfect, even the best of the best," Wilder told AB Boxing News.

Wilder also detailed his thoughts on Miller, who may receive a fine and a suspension for the recent mishap.

Miller has claimed innocence, stating that he never took any performance enhancing drugs.

"I’m disappointed because he let his family down, he let his kids down. He let a life changing opportunity slip through his hands and that’s what I’m mostly disappointed in, because of the family.  He talked about how he came up and living with roaches and having to add water to milk, just like a lot of our culture who have to go through the same thing. But when you get this opportunity, you hold this opportunity dear. The things that you know are going to get you in trouble, you don’t do it," Wilder explained.

"This man, with the opportunity he had to make the money he was going to make, I wouldn’t have been taking nothing. I’d have just been drinking motherf***ing water. Win, lose or draw he was going to get this money and it was life changing money, no-one was expecting him to beat Joshua anyway."

Wilder does not believe Miller should be given another chance - based on the recent incident being the second time that Miller has tested positive for a banned substance.

"He is not a likeable guy in boxing anyway. The people in boxing, the business side of boxing, don’t like Jarrell Miller because of how he carries himself, the things he says. A lot of people are happy this happened to him," Wilder said.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by Froch_uppercut on 04-19-2019

Geez Deyonce, you're so on point on THIS OBVIOUS FACT. It's a bit rich coming from him though, he's let all boxing fans down with his cowardice / ducking.

Comment by Tha Kid on 04-19-2019

[QUOTE=Buggy bear;19669838]He shouldn't speak to soon as he may have let his family down by not accepting the DAZN deal, only time will tell ..[/QUOTE] He made the right move. When you sign those contracts you become a slave. He…

Comment by Oshio on 04-19-2019

Wilder is 100% correct. Miller needn't do that

Comment by landotter on 04-19-2019

[QUOTE=bigdunny1;19669501]I agree with every single point Wilder made![/QUOTE] Because love him or hate him, Wilder is right on this. Miller just needed to show up and throw leather, and he had life changing money and a chance to walk out…

Comment by mxtali on 04-19-2019

[QUOTE=Vegemil;19669726]Wanted to see an AJ fight in 2019.[/QUOTE] At the end of the day, whether you agree or disagree with Wilder’s decision, the Joshua fight is still there. Eddie is still going to try to make that fight. On the…

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