Jarrell Miller tests positive for banned substance

Joshua fight in doubt after VADA informs both camps of adverse Miller finding

Joshua fight in doubt after VADA informs both camps of adverse Miller finding

Jarrell Miller could miss out on a shot at Anthony Joshua's world heavyweight titles after the American produced an "adverse finding" in a drug-testing sample.

The pair were scheduled to fight on June 1 at Madison Square Garden, New York - Joshua's first fight in the United States.

30, had ironically spent portions of the press tour leading up to his fight with Joshua (22-0, 21 KOs), claiming that the British champion - who holds the WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight titles - was himself using performance-enhancing drugs.

Respected boxing reporter and broadcaster Gareth Davies tweeted the news that Joshua's USA debut was in serious doubt.

Hearn said Joshua's "preparations continue" for his U.S. debut.

Hearn says "we are working with all relevant parties and will update with more details soon".

Eddie Hearn, Joshua's promoter, took to Twitter to reveal that an "adverse finding" had been discovered in Miller's test, while adding that "AJ" will continue with his preparations as normal.

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ESPN reported the tests were conducted by VADA [Voluntary Anti Doping Agency].

Both camps confirmed the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association had informed them that Miller had returned the results from a test on 20 March.

If Miller is dropped from the fight, it will cost him millions.

GW1516 - also known as Endurobol - is a fat burner meant to boost athlete endurance, and prompted an official health warning from WADA in 2013.

Miller's promoter, Dmitriy Salita, said: "We are in the process of obtaining further information about Vada's finding and will have more to say soon on this developing situation".

Miller is expected to face a hearing before the New York State Athletic Commission to decide whether he will be allowed to fight. The 6-foot-4, 300-pound Miller got the matchup with Joshua thanks to his ability to sell a fight with his mouth and because he defeated a series of former world title challengers the past two years to earn his title shot.

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