The boxing world has called for heavyweight star Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller to be banned from the sport after the contender reportedly failed another doping test.
Miller was scheduled to fight next month against Jerry Forrest, but according to The Athletic, he has been temporarily suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission after he failed another drug test.
The American’s chance at a world title fight against Anthony Joshua last year was nixed after failing three different drug tests. He gave up $7 million as a result.
The New Yorker is undefeated in 24 fights (23-0-1) but hasn’t fought since 2018. He was suspended after the failed tests before the Joshua fight because he didn’t hold a boxing licence at the time.
According to The Athletic, Miller tested positive to the same substance as the Joshua fight – GW1516 — a drug that aids aerobic power and endurance.
The 31-year-old’s history of doping goes as far back as 2014 when he was suspended for nine months after failing a test while competing as a kickboxer.
“I am disappointed. I was looking forward to July 9th and Jarrell’s return to the ring. This news is shocking to me as well,” Miller’s co-promoter Dmitriy Salita told Sky Sports.
“Hopefully soon we will find out more facts. As Bob Arum said, we’re all going to be guided by the decision of the Nevada Athletic Commission.”
The news was greeted with uproar from those within the sport – with veteran boxing reporter Dan Rafael taking aim at Miller.
“I just can’t get over Jarrell “Big Dummy” Miller failing yet another drug test & for one of the same substances he got busted for taking last year that cost him AJ title shot no less.
“How stupid is he? I expect a license revocation by NSAC. Anything less is dereliction of duty.
“”Big Dummy” Miller never really owned last year’s failed tests. When he came to Vegas for a Fury fight and did some interviews couldn’t keep story straight, wouldn’t admit to number of failed tests & other basics.
“Wouldn’t answer how long he’d used, where he got the PEDs from.”
Former fighters and current stars were also unforgiving – with ex-lightweight champion Anthony Crolla telling TalkSport, steroids in boxing is especially risky.
“Performance enhancing drugs in a sport like boxing are dangerous.”
” … I think they should carry some kind of prison sentence. You know, God forbid the opponent on the receiving end takes ill.”
UK boxing star, Carl Frampton, was just as scathing: “If this disgraceful human being doesn’t get banned for life, the sport that I love is an absolute joke!”
Forrest’s promoter Lou DiBella, told The Athletic he knew Miller would be dirty but his fighter said he would beat him either way.
“I was beside myself right after we made that fight and I found out that no one compelled this guy to enter into any form of PED testing,” Forrest’s promoter, Lou DiBella, told The Athletic.
“So he blows a heavyweight title fight at MSG, and no commission, no ratings organisation, not the Association of Boxing Commission, no one compelled him to enter into testing. This unfortunately isn’t a surprise to me.
“I expected him to be with astute enough PED people that since this fight was made with under 30 days’ notice that he would by cycling down and wouldn’t be caught. But I assumed he would be dirty and told Jerry, and Jerry said he would beat him anyway.”