It’s been over three years since Jarrell Miller missed the biggest fight of his career against Anthony Joshua and it looks like he’s still feeling the repercussions today.
In 2019, “Big Baby” was the chosen opponent for Joshua’s big reveal to an American audience in Madison Square Garden.
The fight quickly fell apart, however, after Miller failed multiple drug tests and was replaced by Andy Ruiz Jr, who went on to pull off one of the biggest upsets in the history of boxing.
Miller was then banned from boxing and Hearn and Joshua were understandably unhappy with the American for trying to cheat his way to victory over his British rival.
Three years have now passed and Miller is back in the ring, having recorded back-to-back wins over the past few months, but as much as he would love to erase that previous blow from his career, it seems there are some who are not yet ready to forget, as Hearn recently expressed on the DAZN Boxing Show.
“We gave him an advance, but the clause in the contract that you fail a drug test means you pay that advance back,” Hearn explained.
“It will be settled legally in due course, but I love Jarrell. I loved him very much and that’s why I fought so hard not to just give him a payday, it was a monstrous payday. to fight Joshua.
“I’m talking millions, millions, millions of dollars. It just doesn’t sit well with me, what he did to try to beat, gain an unfair physical advantage over Joshua.
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Since then, Joshua has moved on to bigger and better things, regaining his unified world heavyweight titles in the rematch with Ruiz Jr, before knocking out Kubrat Pulev in his follow-up fight.
Now Joshua is looking to crown himself the unified world heavyweight champion once again, as he takes on Oleksandr Usyk in a rematch.
In the first fight, Usyk masterfully dispatched the Briton, but this time Joshua insisted he would return with a new game plan and he even called himself the ‘comeback king’.
Joshua and Usyk will square off on August 20 in Saudi Arabia and the fight has been dubbed ‘Rage on the Red Sea’.
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