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Jarrell Miller denied license by New York after failed VADA test

Joshua-Miller is off, and Anthony Joshua’s search for a new opponent begins.

Anthony Joshua v Jarrell Miller - Press Conference Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images

When news broke last night that Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller had failed a VADA drug test ahead of his June 1 fight at Madison Square Garden with Anthony Joshua, talk immediately turned to who might replace him.

But there was still some believe that maybe the fight might go ahead. It’s certainly happened before in boxing. But the New York State Athletic Commission has denied Miller’s application for a license to fight, and now the focus is entirely on Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn searching for a replacement opponent.

BALCO founder Victor Conte described the substance, GW1516, to the Los Angeles Times:

“It’s known for giving enormous endurance and performance boost. By improving cardiovascular performance, [the substance also known as] Cardarine will also help stimulate fat loss. It’s often referred to as ‘exercise in a bottle.’ At 10-20 mg a day, you’ll be able to take your intensity to the next level.”

So that should be that for Miller, at least for now. The next step, if the B sample also comes back positive, will likely be New York deciding on a suspension.