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Jarrell Miller Fails VADA Drug Test for Cardarine, Heavyweight Division in Chaos

By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent

New York, NY (April 18th, 2019)– Jarrell ‘Big Baby’ Miller, the top heavyweight contender, has tested positive for the banned substance Cardarine (GW 501516) through the Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency (VADA) and has been officially denied a boxing license from the New York State Athletic Commission. The lineal heavyweight title bout scheduled for June 1, 2019, has been left in chaos by the revelation.

Miller, 23-0-1, 20 knockouts, Brooklyn, New York, took the test on March 20, 2019, and the results were just revealed. The revelation removes Miller from his scheduled June 1, 2019, Madison Square Garden New York City sold out challenge with lineal champion Anthony Joshua, 22-0 with 21 knockouts, Watford, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom, for Joshua’s World Boxing Association Super, World Boxing Organization, International Boxing Federation and International Boxing Organization World Heavyweight titles, and costs Miller and his promoter, Dmitriy Salita, a 6.5 mi.llion dollar payday.


Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Boxing, Joshua’s promoter, stated a enw opponent will be named by next week. Possible candidates include: 20-0 regular World Boxing Association World Heavyweight champion Trevor Bryan of Schenectady, New York; former World Boxing Association World Heavyweight champion Manuel ‘Diamond Boy’ Charr, a Syrian fighting out of Cologne, Germany; 31-1 Cuban former World Boxing Association World Heavyweight champion Luis ‘King Kong’ Ortiz of Miami, Florida; and 19-0 Polish fighter Adam Kownacki of Brooklyn, New York, are all possible late replacement candidates. Undisputed World Cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk, scheduled to moved up to heavyweight and Carlos Takam at heavyweight in Maryland on May 25, 2019, would have to be released from that contractual commitment if he wants to challenge Joshua instead.


Joshua’s British compatriot, 25-1 Dillian Whyte, The World Boxing Council Silver and World Boxing Organization International Heavyweight champion out of London, has always been clamoring for a rematch with Joshua after blowing away much of the remains bits of the heavyweight division. One thing is for certain: there are plenty of hungry names out there, and whether these fighters are sufficiently prepared for Joshua or not, the promise of the big money payday of a lifetime is on the table for some serious heavyweight contender to take the fight, and Eddie Hearn’s cellphone will be ringing nonstop with legitimate offers. However, since the fight is being staged in the United States and will be Joshua’s American debut at Madison Square Garden, it seems reasonable a fighter from the United States is more desirable as a replacement opponent. The final decision will be up to Hearn.

Cardarine, also called GW 501516, is a Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor beta (PPAR) agonist which binds to these receptors.  The activity in the gene is changed, which causes a substantially advantageous shift in energy output. This creates the enhanced ability to push harder and longer when in athletic endurance without becoming tired.

Cardarine assists with cardio workouts, running, in the weight room pushing out additional muscle and strength building repetitions with weight training, workout longer without becoming tired; and of course, competing at the championship level, in such sports as boxing, Mixed Martial Arts, football, tennis, baseball, basketball, tennis, you name it. Given Miller’s normal fighting weight more recently has been between 315 and 317 pounds, would certainly benefit from the added spike in illegal adrenalin the illegal substance Cardarine provides, which is the primary reason Cardarine was banned after the 2008 Olympic Games. Miller’s promoter Dmitriy Salita of Salita Promotions claims Miller will remain in training leaving open the possibility of an official appeal with the NYSAC. Given Miller’s denial of a boxing license to fight Joshua, and the short time frame, Miller’s suspension will likely remain in force, and a replacement opponent will have to be found by the end of the week to save the seven bout Madison Square Garden June 1 televised Sky Boxing card, which will feature three additional male and female world title bouts including Joshua.


Jarrell Miller’s Statement

I want to thank all of my supporters who have stood by me since day one and especially during this extremely difficult time.
I have not been tuned in to social media and any other media outlets to focus and channel all of my energies into working hard with no distractions.
I am absolutely devastated upon hearing the news my boxing license has been revoked in NY State and I will be vigorously appealing this decision. I have NEVER knowingly taken any banned substance and when I found out the news last night I was totally shocked.
My team and I stand for integrity, decency & honesty and together we will stand to fight this with everything we have!
This was a voluntarily test that I was very happy to do and these results came just one week after another voluntarily test that I had taken which was completely clean. I refuse to just lie down and let my dream be taken away from me when I know in my heart that I’ve done nothing wrong.
15 years of hard work. I’m WARRIOR .. I don’t need a banned substance.
Remember don’t believe everything you hear and see. The facts will prevail and I shall be vindicated. I don’t have anything to hide and the truth will make itself known.
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Robert Brizel - Head Boxing Correspondent
Robert Brizel - Head Boxing Correspondent
Robert is the Head Boxing Correspondent for Real Combat Media Boxing since 2013. Robert is also a photographer and ringside reporter for the RCM Tri State region which includes NJ, NY and PA. Robert conducts exclusive interviews, provides historical boxing articles and provides editorial ringside coverage of major boxing events. You can contact or follow Robert on Facebook and by email at robertbrizel@realcombatmedia.com.