Jarrell Miller failed drugs test: Joe Joyce, Joseph Parker and Michael Hunter put themselves forward to fight Anthony Joshua next
Following Jarrell Miller’s failed drugs test, multiple heavyweights have offered themselves up as potential replacement opponents to step in and fight Anthony Joshua on June 1 in New York.
It was announced in the early hours of Wednesday morning that the American tested positive for GW1516 (a metabolic modulator also known as cardarine and endurobol), throwing his bout against AJ into doubt.
Joshua and Miller were supposed to meet at Madison Square Garden in New York on June 1, however this now may not go ahead, depending on the New York State Athletic Commission’s ruling on the matter.
As the news broke, various heavyweight contenders put themselves forward as potential replacements should ‘Big Baby’ be ruled out.
First was 30-year-old American Michael Hunter, who simply replied to Eddie Hearn, saying: “Call me, Eddie.”
Hunter (16-1, 11 KOs) recently signed with Hearn and Matchroom USA having put together a string of victories following his cruiserweight defeat to Oleksandr Usyk in 2017.
Next came 33-year-old unbeaten Brit Joe Joyce, whose manager tweeted: “Give us a call, Eddie Hearn,” and “[Joe is] more ready and more qualified than Miller was.”
Joyce (8-0, 8 KOs) is a former GB amateur teammate of AJ and turned pro late following his Olympic silver medal win at Rio in 2016.
Finally, Joseph Parker suggested himself by stating he is, “very ready and willing” to step in at late notice.
The 27-year-old New Zealander (25-2, 19 KOs) lost a decision to Anthony Joshua last year, but seemingly would happily take a rematch on June 1.
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