It looks as though heavyweight contender Jarrell Miller will land on his feet after testing positive for just a whole heap of drugs earlier this year, scuttling a career-high payday against Anthony Joshua in the process. The Athletic’s Mike Coppinger reports that “Big Baby” is “in advanced negotiations with Top Rank on a multi-fight deal.”
Perhaps it’s a reward for causing Joshua-Ruiz and the subsequent anguish to Matchroom.
The reason for this is straightforward, as Coppinger points out: Top Rank spent a lot to acquire Tyson Fury’s services and have nobody to pit him against besides “free agents” like Deontay Wilder. Plus, Fury had a doping suspension of his own, albeit for a far less comical quantity of substances, so it’s not like Miller (23-0-1. 20 KO) represents an ethical lapse or anything.
Wilder-Fury II is (theoretically) still signed, so I’m guessing Miller makes his Top Rank debut on the undercard against some no-hoper before confronting the winner of the main event.
If there’s one lesson to take from this whole debacle, it’s that drugs make you a winner.