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    Hearn: Joshua-Miller In Doubt After Miller Fails VADA Test

    Eddie Hearn hinted Tuesday night that Anthony Joshua still will fight June 1 at Madison Square Garden.

    Whether Jarrell Miller will remain his opponent apparently has not yet been determined. Hearn, Joshua’s promoter, also confirmed the adverse finding from the urine sample Miller provided the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association on March 20.

    VADA has been contracted to administer the performance-enhancing drug testing for their 12-round heavyweight title fight scheduled for six weeks from Saturday night in New York. ESPN.com was the first to report Tuesday night that Miller tested positive for GW 501516, also known as endurobol, a banned substance that can burn off excess fat, speed up recovery while training and significantly enhance endurance.

    Hearn issued a statement through his Twitter account Tuesday night, which read: We have been informed by VADA that there has been an adverse finding in Jarrell Miller’s sample collected March 20th, 2019. We are working with all relevant parties and will update with more details soon. AJ’s preparation continues for June 1st at MSG.

    Dmitriy Salita, Miller’s co-promoter, also issued a statement to BoxingScene.com late Tuesday night.

    “We are in the process of obtaining further information about VADA’s finding and will have more to say soon on this developing situation,” Salita said. “In the meantime, Jarrell continues to train for his June 1 fight against Anthony Joshua.”

    If Miller (23-0-1, 20 KOs) is removed from their fight, any potential replacement for the Brooklyn native would have roughly a month-and-a-half to prepare to challenge Joshua.

    If failing this test keeps Miller from fighting for Joshua’s IBF, IBO, WBA and WBO titles, it’ll also cost Miller a $6.5 million payday, by far the biggest purse of his career. The 29-year-old Joshua (22-0, 21 KOs), a mainstream superstar in his native England, reportedly will be paid in excess of $30 million for his debut in the United States.

    The trash-talking Miller has accused Joshua of using PEDs, both before and after their fight was made.

    It was Miller, however, who failed a PED test nearly five years ago, when he also was a kickboxer. The California State Athletic Commission suspended Miller for nine months and fined him $2,500 because he tested positive in June 2014 for methylhexaneamine, a dietary supplement used for weight loss and improving athletic performance, among other things.

    Miller, 30, explained during the press tour nearly two months ago to promote his fight against Joshua that he failed that test because he used a product that he wasn’t aware was on the list of banned substances.

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    Default Re: Joshua v Miller - June 1st NYC

    Surely Dillian Whyte deserves a shot and for me deserves it.
    Would he take it at 5 weeks notice though?
    Knowing Whyte he would probably jump at the chance.
    I don't see who else can step in to make it an interesting fight.
    Ideally Hearn would want a American fighter I'd have thought.

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    Default Re: Joshua v Miller - June 1st NYC

    Hunter, Pulev, Ortiz or Whyte.
    Gotta be one of these 4 surely.

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    MICHAEL HUNTER
    An American. Already training for a fight on May 25 and has thrown his hat into the ring. Strong consideration.

    ADAM KOWNACKI
    The top candidate of the moment due to Brooklyn, New York ties. Also, unlikely to be chosen for an opportunity outright.

    Therefore, Kownacki’s best chance of getting a title shot without being mandatory would be to snap Eddie Hearn’s hand off should the contract come his way.

    Kownacki at 19-0 is highly-ranked, but could still be at least two years away from being a stipulated challenger to Joshua.

    LUIS ORTIZ
    A known name in New York due to three fights in the last four years at MSG and Barclays, Ortiz would be a good fit to call upon. It’s a bonus that Ortiz is also a former Deontay Wilder foe, which would give Joshua the chance to better his American rival’s tenth round stoppage in 2017.

    OSCAR RIVAS
    As Eddie Hearn is currently working with promoter Bob Arum on Terence Crawford v Amir Khan, Rivas may come up in conversations to face Joshua. Rivas is on form and scored a career-best triumph in Verona against Bryant Jennings in January.

    SERGEY KUZMIN
    Has ties to Matchroom Sport and recently fought in the USA three times. The only downfall is Kuzmin is not American.

    ARTUR SZPILKA
    The Pole has ties to New York in the past. Has fought at both MSG and Barclays. Szpilka was leading Deontay Wilder on points when wiped out in the ninth round.

    CHRIS ARREOLA
    Holds two victories on the spin. Is American and will travel.

    JERMAINE FRANKLIN
    Fought last weekend and won. Due to being outside the Top 15 rankings, Franklin would be able to lobby with the WBA, IBF, IBO or WBO to be rated in May if an opportunity to fight Joshua presented itself.

    Franklin is also linked to Miller’s promoter Dmitriy Salita and cannot be ruled out.

    TREVOR BRYAN
    The current WBA interim champion and holds a United States passport.

    These names would be doubtful:

    DILLIAN WHYTE
    A former Joshua opponent, Whyte has been calling for his shot for a long time. But would he take the fight on six weeks’ notice? – It’s doubtful. There’s also the fact that Whyte is not a major name in the United States to contend with. Fans have bought tickets to see an American opponent or at least someone with stateside form.

    BRYANT JENNINGS
    Suffered a defeat to Oscar Rivas recently or may well have been in the frame.

    JOHANN DUHAUPAS
    The Frenchman lost his last fight. Otherwise, he may have had a chance on the back of a solid effort against Wilder in 2015.

    ROBERT HELENIUS
    A lack of United States activity sees the Finn out of contention despite three victories on the bounce.

    AGIT KABAYEL
    The undefeated European champion but with no form at all on US soil.

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    Default Re: Joshua v Miller - June 1st NYC

    I’m guessing this fight will be called off now. Not that big baby had a great chance to win, but it’s unfortunate for AJ

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    Mahmoud Charr vs Anthony Joshua? WBA regular title holder claims talks are under way to replace Jarrell Miller

    Mahmoud Charr claims he is in negotiations to replace Jarrell Miller and fight Anthony Joshua in New York on June 1.

    American Miller recorded an “adverse finding” in a drugs test ahead of their fight at Madison Square Garden and is likely to be refused a licence to box by the New York State Athletic Commission if his B sample comes back positive.

    Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn and his team are already considering possible replacements with Charr, who holds the WBA regular world title – a belt outranked by Joshua’s WBA ‘Super’ title - claiming he is the front runner.

    “Internal negotiations are taking place regarding the fight in June Mahmoud Charr against Anthony Joshua,” Charr wrote on Instagram.

    “I am very happy about this task and the challenge. I'm ready to go to fight against Joshua and bring home the victory.

    “As the No.1 WBA and reigning world champion, I'm the most worthy opponent for Anthony Joshua. I am the suitable and official challenger. For Joshua's honour, it's important to fight against the No.1 WBA rankings in the world.”

    Charr recently announced he was changing his first name from 'Manuel' – his birthname given to him by his parents.

    The 34-year-old has 31 wins from 35 professional bouts, losing four times – including to Joshua’s last opponent Alexander Povetkin.

    Who else could replace Jarrell Miller?
    Luis Ortiz
    Perhaps the fighter with the most pedigree on the shortlist, Ortiz gave Deontay Wilder serious problems before eventually succumbing to a knockout defeat to the WBC champion in his only world title fight to date last year.

    The 40-year-old won some admirers for that showing in New York that night and has racked up three straight wins since then, beating Christian Hammer by unanimous decision in early March.

    The battle-hardened heavyweight would perhaps represent a greater challenge to Joshua’s dominance than original opponent Miller.

    Adam Kownacki
    The 30-year-old Polish American fought on the undercard of Keith Thurman’s comeback fight in January, dismissing Gerald Washington in the second round in front of the watching Deontay Wilder.

    He is ranked fourth by the IBF and has been preparing for a May or June return.



    Kubrat Pulev
    Pulev was originally scheduled to challenge Joshua in August 2017 only for the Bulgarian to pull out due to a shoulder injury suffered in training.

    A victory over Hughie Fury last October made him mandatory challenger for the Briton’s IBF strap once again, registering a knockout win over Bogdan Dinu in his last outing in March.

    The 40-year-old caused huge controversy in the aftermath of that victory, grabbing and kissing a female reporter on the lips in a post-match interview.

    The California State Athletic Commission have subsequently suspended Pulev – until he can “demonstrate that he will conform to this principle of respect."

    Michael Hunter
    Little-known American Hunter signed a promotional deal with Joshua’s promoter Matchroom Boxing just a week ago.

    The 30-year-old went 12 rounds with the superb Oleksandr Usyk in April 2017 and has since followed in the footsteps of the Ukrainian by moving up from cruiserweight to heavyweight.

    Following news of Miller’s failed drugs test, the 2012 Olympian had a simple message in response to the speculation linking him with the Joshua fight. “Call me, Eddie.”

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    Default Re: Joshua v Miller - June 1st NYC

    Well if ever there was a guy who could use the tainted meat crutch I'd have to its Miller.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spicoli View Post
    Well if ever there was a guy who could use the tainted meat crutch I'd have to its Miller.
    Feel sorry for AJ with the April and now potentially June date being cancelled.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Master View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Spicoli View Post
    Well if ever there was a guy who could use the tainted meat crutch I'd have to its Miller.
    Feel sorry for AJ with the April and now potentially June date being cancelled.
    Think Hearn an company may have showed their hand chasing Wilder like that, not like they can come with less. Have to have a respectable U.S heavy for AJ debut and some of the names are terrible. But I bet Ortiz would jump at it. Hunter just signed with Match room and is training for spot on Usyk card.

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    Default Re: Joshua v Miller - June 1st NYC

    Blah. How is a guy who comes in 300+ lbs and seemingly heavier every time going to test positive for something like this? Id been less critical of him than many for his weight as he has seemed to carry it and still be in fighting shape, maybe now we know why This shit happens way too often nowadays. Sucks for AJ, really hard to ask anyone good to take the fight on very short notice, unless they just throw enough money at them where they are willing to lose, which also sucks. Of the names available, Hunter or Ortiz would be about the only guys worthy of salvaging this imo. Usyk may be the best case, but hes not going to be a late replacement against AJ his first pro HW fight, especially having the same promoter.

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    Ortiz would be a dream matchup. Polish KO monster “I’m a be a Daddy!” would be a strong second choice as well. Fat boy has real power and aggression. He’s good.

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    Default Re: Joshua v Miller - June 1st NYC

    Ortiz would be a great fight if it could actually happen. It would be too big of a risk for AJ though. I can’t imagine he takes that fight.

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    Default Re: Joshua v Miller - June 1st NYC

    Pulev with slut Suche drama show would be interesting.

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    Default Re: Joshua v Miller - June 1st NYC

    Sad times. Joshua left in the lurch because of a drug cheat, desperate for an opponent. The first two names on everyone's lips, Dillian Whyte and Luis Ortiz. Both cheats.
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    I’m calling it. Ward is making a comeback at Heavyweight to fight Joshua !

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