Following the decision of the New York State Athletic Commission to deny Jarrell Miller a licence to face Anthony Joshua in New York, Miller has claimed doing nothing wrong to warrant such an action against him and vows to proceed an appeal against the decision.
Miller had been a licence to fight on 1 June after he returned an “adverse finding” in a drug-testing sample, but he has chosen not to give-in
‘The facts will prevail and I shall be vindicated,
‘My team and I stand for integrity, decency and honesty and we will fight this with everything we have.”
He returned the adverse finding on 20 March and his team have now requested his B sample be tested.
NYSAC decision to sanction the bout has currently left Joshua without an opponent for his US debut at Madison Square Garden.
Jarrell Miller who was due to step up in class and face his toughest test to date, will also lose out on a reported purse of about £5m.
‘I am absolutely devastated upon hearing the news my boxing license has been revoked in NY State and I will be vigorously appealing this decision,” he added in a post on Instagram.
‘I have never knowingly taken any banned substance and when I found out the news last night I was totally shocked.
‘This was a voluntarily test that I was very happy to do and these results came just one week after another voluntarily test that I had taken which was completely clean.
‘I refuse to just lie down and let my dream be taken away from me when I know in my heart that I’ve done nothing wrong.
‘I don’t have anything to hide and the truth will make itself known.”
In the other hand,Joshua’s camp say they are in the process of searching for a replacement for the fight night, with American Michael Hunter mooted as a potential opponent.
The 30-year-old Hunter has 16 wins and one loss – to Oleksandr Usyk at cruiserweight – on his record.
However,Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn believes there are eight acceptable guys who could step in, including Poland’s Adam Kownacki and Luis Ortiz from Cuba.