Jarrell Miller’s license to box has been denied by the New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) over a failed drug test on Wednesday.
According to reports, Miller, who is undefeated in his 24 professional fights had tested positive for a banned substance following a test conducted by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) on March 20.
Due to the new development, Miller’s planned June 1 bout with world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua has been cancelled due to the failed drug test.
A statement released by US media outlets, the NYSAC reads;
“The New York State Athletic Commission has denied Jarrell Miller’s professional boxing license application for a violation relating to the use of a prohibited substance. We have no further comment at this time,” the commission said.
Eddie Hearn, Joshua’s promoter, tweeted.
“We have been informed by VADA that there has been an adverse finding in Jarrell Miller’s sample collected on March 20th, 2019,”
However, ESPN reported that Joshua still planned to make his US debut as planned in June for what will be his seventh title defence.
Promoter Hearn said he was scrambling to find an alternative opponent.
“I am on the search for a new opponent,” Hearn said. “Literally anyone can get it. There are some names that would appeal to our partners — DAZN, Sky Sports and Madison Square Garden — more than others and it’s our job to get the ones that appeal most. I’ve spoken to 16 heavyweights in the last 24 hours, 10 of which are not suitable.”