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.
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I am absolutely devastated upon hearing the news my boxing license has been revoked in NY State and I will be vigorously appealing this decision.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.