As part of Jarrell Miller’s attempts to get under the skin of Heavyweight champ Anthony Joshua’s skin, he has accused the Watford man of taking PED’s (Performance Enhancing Drugs). He has accused AJ before they signed a contract to fight at Madison Square Garden on June 1st and since.
In June 2014, Miller failed a drug test while kickboxing. He tested positive for Methylhexaneamine and was fined $2,500 and served a 9-month ban.
With 6 weeks remaining until fight time, Miller has now tested positive for GW1516 in VADA testing carried out on March 20th.
So what does this mean for Anthony Joshua? Well, apart from the uncertainty it causes, AJ could well end up facing a replacement opponent that bares no similarities to the 300lb New Yorker. All the work done up till this point will be geared toward fighting a heavier man than himself.
One of the first names that I thought would be thrown in the hat is former Olympian, Michael Hunter. The Californian recently signed a promotional contract with Matchroom USA and has 4 good wins since the only loss of his career against Oleksandr Usyk, for the WBO Cruiserweight title back in April 2017.
The train of thought here is that, as this is Joshua’s American debut, he needs to fight an American opponent so that the fight is relevant to the fans in the arena.
Dillian Whyte is unknown to American fight fans, and that fight is a “Battle of Britain” type event so staging it in New York would be a missed opportunity.
Polish contender Adam Kownacki might work, although born in Poland, Kownacki lives and trains in Brooklyn, New York and the majority of his 19 fights (All wins) have taken place in “The Big Apple”.
Kownacki had a hard 10 rounder against Charles Martin in September 2018, whereas Joshua blew away “Prince Charles” in 2 rounds to win the 1st of his titles in 2016. The gulf in experience might be too wide to expect Kownacki to hang around for too long.
Luis Ortiz is probably the most talented contender available right now, and he is well known to the New York fight fans due to his explosive encounter with WBC champion Deontay Wilder at the Barclay Centre in Brooklyn in March 2018, but and it’s a big but, would promoter Eddie Hearn risk switching from orthodox 300lb Millar to the skilful southpaw Cuban?
Due to promotional ties, the likely choice will be Hunter, he will be a huge underdog just as Miller was, but the American fans can get behind him.
At 6’ 2” Hunter will be dwarfed by the British world title holder and I fear he might be taken out quiet quickly, but he is tough and brave so it might be fun while it lasts.