Jarrell Miller is undefeated in 27 professional heavyweight contests – but it’s what he’s done outside of the ring that he’s notorious for.
The man known as ‘Big Baby’ was set to introduce British superstar and unified world heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua, to the American fans.
Their fight was scheduled for June 1 2019 at Madison Square Garden, and the promotion was in overdrive due to some press conference antics and genuine bad blood.
A career-highest payday and any support he had from fans promptly binned when it was revealed that he had failed a doping test, and, days later, more of the same.
Miller told Boxing with Chris Mannix just how much he was set to earn.
“My fight with AJ was a guaranteed ten million, the next fight was a guaranteed 17 million plus pay per view buys.”
Looking back, Miller still believes he was wronged.
“People don’t have the right information. If you don’t get ahead of certain things in the media, a picture’s already painted of you. I wasn’t fortunate enough to have the promoter that I was with to step up and try to clear my name. There’s evidence to clear me, they don’t give a f**k.”
Miller’s failed tests from pre-Joshua were for human growth hormone, a drug used to boost red blood cell count that could prevent gassing (EPO), and fat-reducing GW1516.
After serving a ban under the WBA, he was set for a ring return in July of 2020. Less than two weeks out from the fight, it was reported he had failed a test again. This time, Miller was banned by the Nevada Athletic Commission.
The Brooklyn native returned to the ring last year, and has racked up three wins since.