Saturday, March 28, 2020

Anthony Joshua’s camp looks for new opponent after Miller denied licence


Matchroom is pursuing a different opponent for Anthony Joshua’s IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight title defence on 1 June after Jarrell Miller was denied a licence over an “adverse finding” within a drug-testing sample.

Both camps confirmed the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (Vada) had informed them that Miller had returned final results from your test on 20 March. Miller retains the authority to request one more sample in order to reapply for your licence to your fight at Madison Square Garden.

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Miller, who’s going to be undefeated in 24 fights, was resulting from contest the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO titles in Joshua’s first bout in the US. Miller’s adverse finding is considered to be for GW1516, a metabolic modulator often called cardarine and endurobol.

Miller is probably going to face a hearing before the Ny State Athletic Commission to make a decision whether he will be ready to fight, but also in the mean time Matchroom will be looking at their options.

“The program’s for Anthony Joshua to carry on practicing for 1 June at Madison Square Garden,” Matchroom’s us president Frank Smith told PA Sport.

“We realized late the other day so aren’t gonna inquire into him but we’re examining other potential opponents and we’ll share details when you find out. There are tons of discussions going on and we have slightly below seven weeks to seek out suitable replacements.

Dillian Whyte appears unlikely to component of if Miller is not able to fight, while he is scheduled to be linked to some other pay-per-view fight in July. Luis Ortiz and Michael Hunter are reportedly potential replacements for Miller.

“Dillian’s program’s to fight in July so I don’t know he’s one of many proposed names,” Smith said. “It’s essential that [Anthony] carries on along with US debut. It was quite a while coming, we’ve already sold 15,000 tickets for any event.”

Miller’s camp, Salita Promotions, acknowledged the adverse finding on Twitter, saying: “We have been in the procedure of obtaining more info about Vada’s finding and definitely will have more to state soon on this developing situation. At the same time Jarrell carries on train for his fight against Anthony Joshua.”

Brooklyn-born Miller was kickboxing in 2019 while he tested positive for methylhexaneamine inside of a urine sample and was suspended for nine months by way of the California SAC.

During their promotional tour for that fight, Miller stated both fighters had consented to between 10 and 3 months of drug testing from the build-up towards bout. Joshua, while in the London leg with the tour, said: “I am on [drug testing scheme] Adams whereabouts, plants know where I am a great hour each day and may even walk in anytime.

“They can turn up any moment during the day which is actually a lifetime commitment. For a nice and on that since 2012 and i also pay 40,000-a-fight to get tested by Vada two times a week.”

Joshua retained his WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO titles as he stopped Alexander Povetkin in September.

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