Eddie Hearn says heavyweight boxer Jarrell Miller must have a ‘psychological problem’ after failing his second drugs test in a little over 12 months.
Miller has tested positive for GW1516 in the build up to his fight with Jerry Forrest, which was scheduled to take place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on July 9.
The bout was set to be his first since he tested positive for three banned substances in the build up to his bout with Anthony Joshua in 2019 – which was then cancelled.
Eddie Hearn says Jarrell Miller has ‘psychological problem’ after second failed drugs test
Hearn says Miller’s career is ‘over’ and that ‘no credible promoter’ will allow him to fight again
Miller tested positive for three banned substances prior to Anthony Joshua bout in 2019
Remarkably, Miller didn’t receive an official ban for his failed test, and instead landed a lucrative deal with US promoter Bob Arum’s company Top Rank and had been linked with several huge fights in 2020.
But he is now expected to be banned for several years, with fans and critics calling for a lifetime ban for his second indiscretion, and Hearn says he doesn’t think he’ll fight at the top level again.
When asked for his reaction to the news, he told Behind the Gloves: ‘I couldn’t believe it to be honest. There’s been a lot of rumours about Jarrell Miller.
‘When he busted himself for that AJ fight with three substances, three tests, a lot of people said, ‘Oh, he’s been at it for years.’
Miller’s second failed test has come in build up to comeback fight against Jerry Forrest
‘You kinda hope that he wasn’t, but to come off that and be under such scrutiny, have what was really supposed to be a warm-up fight against Jerry Forrest and to do that again.
‘Actually, I feel sorry for him. Because I think he has a psychological problem and I don’t think he can bring himself to fight without taking PEDs.’
Hearn says Miller, 31, was fortunate to have been given a second chance and says no ‘credible promoter will allow him to fight again.
‘His career’s over. ‘I think when you look at it, his career only wasn’t over before because Top Rank gave him the opportunity to fight, and a big contract.
He added: ”You may find a commission that in time will let him fight, but I don’t think any credible promoter will ever let him fight again.’
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