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Jarrell Miller says stem cell shot caused positive drug tests

Miller claims he took the shot to deal with a recurring issue with his elbow.

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While heavyweight Jarrell Miller tries to work his way back towards title contention after completely blowing his shot against Anthony Joshua last year, the Brooklyn fighter is now claiming that he was dealing with a nagging injury in his elbow which ultimately led him to taking a stem cell shot — which he claims caused his positive drug test results.

“It was an injury I had for a long time. I just wanted to be 100 percent for the fight, 100 percent healthy. So we looked at alternatives to get things done and one thing led to another. I was seen by the doctors. By the time I got signed off to do certain things towards the injury I took a stem cell shot, which is known to have healing properties that are very strong and that’s when we had the positive tests of those components.”

After Miller hilariously flunked several drug tests, his then-scheduled fight against Joshua was nixed. Andy Ruiz Jr would then be lined up as a short-notice replacement for Joshua, and Ruiz would go on to shock the world with his upset win over Joshua to capture several world titles.

That could have potentially been Miller’s story, but he folded under the pressure well before the opening bell even rang. And in the time since his suspension for banned substances, Miller has sort of embraced his new bad guy image. Whether or not that will pay dividends for Miller in the long run remains to be seen, however.