Eddie Hearn reveals messages with Jarrell Miller during drugs test debacle

Anthony Joshua v Jarrell Miller - Press Conference

Anthony Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn has revealed that Jarrell Miller had remarkably claimed he felt he had been 'sabotaged' during a text conversation they had after news of is first failed drugs test broke.

Miller, known as 'Big Baby', was scheduled to fight Joshua on June 1 at Madison Square Garden. However, tests with the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) found traces of GW1516, HGH and EPO; all banned substances.

GW1516, also known as cardarine, is designed to increase aerobic power and endurance, whilst HGH (Human Growth Hormone) helps muscle growth and EPO (erythropoietin) increases red blood cells and improves respiration.

After he was denied a boxing license by the New York State Athletic Commission, an emotional Miller admitted that he "messed up" in a video he posted on Instagram.

However, Hearn has stated that he doesn't have much sympathy for the 30-year-old.

"This is one of the reasons I’m so enraged," he told iFL TV. "I wanted to believe him.

"I’ve spent time with Jarrell Miller, I like the guy. I wanted to give him the benefit of the doubt.

"And when he text me the other day 'I swear I’ve never taken anything, this is bulls***', I was going to reply.

"But I thought: 'You know what, I’m not going to say anything because I actually want to believe you.'

Hearn stopped giving Miller the benefit of the doubt after VADA announced there was a second 'adverse finding' amongst his results on Friday. 

"This comes out, and I thought: 'Fool me once, never fool me twice.' Because that is how I feel." he said.

"He was saying it was sabotage, 'I swear on kids’ lives' - f*** off.

Anthony Joshua v Jarrell Miller - Press Conference

"People lie every day. But to do that in a fight - this is a fight! It’s dangerous enough as it is."

Hearn is now scrambling for an opponent for what will be Joshua's twenty-third professional fight at the start of June.

Meanwhile, Miller's promoter Sarah Fina has claimed that he is "[being] nailed to the cross because he is an African-American fighter."

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