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.
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.