Jarrell Miller Releases Statement On Failed Drug Test, Denies Knowingly Taking Banned Substances

Jarrell Miller makes his first public comments regarding his failed drug test.

The undefeated heavyweight contender took to social media to respond to the news of him failing a drug test for the banned substance GW1516, stemming from a urine test back in March. The New York State Athletic Commission has denied Miller a license to box unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua on June 1, but Miller has denied knowingly taking any banned substance.

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Below is the full statement from Miller:

I want to thank all of my supporters who have stood by me since day one and especially during this extremely difficult time.

I have not been tuned in to social media and any other media outlets to focus and channel all of my energies into working hard with no distractions.

I am absolutely devastated upon hearing the news my boxing license has been revoked in NY State and I will be vigorously appealing this decision. I have NEVER knowingly taken any banned substance and when I found out the news last night I was totally shocked. 

My team and I stand for integrity, decency & honesty and together we will stand to fight this with everything we have!

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. 
15 years of hard work. I’m WARRIOR .. I don’t need a banned substance. 

Remember don’t believe everything you hear and see. The facts will prevail and I shall be vindicate. I don’t have anything to hide and the truth will make itself known.

The fight was going to headline a boxing card at Madison Square Garden to be streamed on DAZN. Since the news of Miller's failed drug test, Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn has been busy trying to find a replacement to salvage the fight, which would be Joshua's first pro bout in the United States.

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