By Keith Idec
Eddie Hearn hinted on Tuesday night that Anthony Joshua will still fight on June 1 at Madison Square Garden.
If Jarrell Miller will still be his opponent apparently has yet to be determined. Hearn, Joshua's promoter, also confirmed the adverse finding of the urine sample that Miller provided to the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association on March 20.
VADA has been hired to administer performance-enhancing drug tests for his 12-round heavyweight title bout scheduled for six weeks starting Saturday night in New York. ESPN.com was the first to report on Tuesday night that Miller tested positive for GW 501516, also known as endurobol, a banned substance that can burn off excess fat, speed up recovery while training and significantly improve endurance.
Hearn issued a statement through his Twitter account on Tuesday night, which said: VADA informed us that there was an adverse finding in the Jarrell Miller sample that was collected on March 20, 2019. We are working with all parties relevant and we will update with more details soon. The preparation of AJ continues for June 1 at MSG.
Dmitriy Salita, Miller's co-promoter, also issued a statement to BoxingScene.com on Tuesday night.
"We are in the process of obtaining more information about VADA's discovery and we will soon have more to say about this developing situation," Salita said. "Meanwhile, Jarrell continues to train for his June 1 fight against Anthony Joshua."
If Miller (23-0-1, 20 KOs) is eliminated from his fight, any potential replacement for the Brooklyn native would take about a month and a half to prepare to challenge Joshua.
If failing this test prevents Miller from fighting for the titles of IBF, IBO, WBA and Joshua's WBO, it will also cost Miller a $ 6.5 million payout, which is by far the biggest benefit of his career. Joshua (22-0, 21 KOs), a mainstream superstar in his native England, aged 29, will receive a payment in excess of $ 30 million for his debut in the United States.
The miller who speaks badly has accused Joshua of using PED, both before and after the fight.
It was Miller, however, who failed a PED test almost five years ago, when he was also a kickboxer. The California State Athletic Commission suspended Miller for nine months and fined him $ 2,500 because he tested positive in June 2014 for methylhexaneamine, a dietary supplement used to lose weight and improve athletic performance, among other things.
Miller, 30, explained during the press tour almost two months ago to promote his fight against Joshua that he failed in that test because he used a product he did not know was on the list of banned substances.
Keith Idec is a senior writer / columnist for BoxingScene.com. You can be contacted on Twitter @Idecboxing.