Jarrell Miller Tests Positive For Banned Substance, Won't Fight On July 9 Top Rank Card

Jarrell Miller has one again tested positive for a banned substance, taking him out of yet another main event fight.

First reported by Mike Coppinger, Miller tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance and was subsequently pulled from a planned fight against Jerry Forrest on July 9. That fight, which would have been Miller's first since signing a promotional deal with Top Rank, was going to headline an ESPN card from Las Vegas.

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Miller infamously failed various drug tests for a number of banned substances back in 2019, costing him a fight against unified WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua later that year at Madison Square Garden. Back then, Miller tested positive for EPO, HGH and GW1516, the latter of which was the substance that Miller tested positive for in this latest drug failure. Andy Ruiz Jr. would go on to replace Miller in the fight against Joshua, beating him to win the unified heavyweight titles.

Top Rank Vice President Carl Moretti confirmed to The Athletic that Miller has been placed on temporary suspension by the Nevada State Athletic Commission and that Top Rank is looking to fill the main event for the July 9 show. 

Miller had been making waves in the heavyweight division, going undefeated in his 24 pro bouts and earning himself a spot on various organizational bodies' top 15 rankings. Miller's last fight was in November 2018 when he knocked out Bogdan Dinu in the fourth round of a main event bout that was streamed on DAZN.

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