Jarrell Miller: ‘Anthony Joshua’s title fight WILL go ahead – it would be great if it was against Dillian Whyte’, says Gareth A Davies
Anthony Joshua’s world heavyweight title fight in New York will go ahead, despite the news that opponent Jarrell Miller has failed a drugs test.
That’s according to talkSPORT’s boxing correspondent Gareth A Davies, who is hoping a bout with British rival and talkSPORT.com columnist Dillian Whyte will now be back on the table.
Joshua and Miller’s fight on June 1 at Madison Square Garden is now in serious doubt.
It was announced in the early hours of Wednesday morning the American had tested positive for GW1516 (a metabolic modulator also known as cardarine and endurobol) in a VADA test taken March 20.
If upheld by the New York State Athletic Commission, Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn has six weeks to find a new opponent, having confirmed the British star will continue his preparation for a fight on that date.
Speaking to the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast on Wednesday morning, Davies shared the latest news from across the pond.
“It’s so strange,” he told talkSPORT.
“These two fighters signed up with the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association and Miller tests positive six weeks before earning £7million – easily the best pay day of his career.
“This was the guy who was accusing Joshua of being a drugs cheat in the early build-up to this fight!
“It’s such a disaster.
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“I’ve spoken to Eddie Hearn and the New York State Athletic Division is the governing body who will take control over this and they will make a decision based to the defence Jarrell Miller and his team put forward in the next couple of days.
“Otherwise they’ve got to find an opponent in six weeks.
“It would be lovely to have Dillian Whyte now, the aborted fight at Wembley that was meant to be on April 13, but who knows who it will be.
“DAZN and Sky want the fight to go ahead, the promoter does and the boxer does, so they’ve got six weeks to find an active heavyweight.”
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