Joshua's US debut in doubt because of opponent's failed test

ABS-CBN Sports on Apr 18, 2019 08:38 AM
Joshua's US debut in doubt because of opponent's failed test
FILE - British boxer Anthony Joshua, left, is shoved by Jarrell Miller, right, as they pose for photographs during a news conference Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, in New York, to promote their upcoming fight. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

LONDON (AP) — Anthony Joshua's debut fight in the United States could be in doubt after his promoter said the world heavyweight champion's opponent has failed a doping test.

Eddie Hearn says in a Twitter post that Joshua's camp has been informed by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association that there was an adverse finding in a sample collected from American boxer Jarrell Miller on March 20.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">We have been informed by VADA that there has been an adverse finding in Jarrell Miller’s sample collected on March 20th, 2019. We are working with all relevant parties and will update with more details soon. AJ’s preparation continues for June 1st at MSG.</p>&mdash; Eddie Hearn (@EddieHearn) <a href="https://twitter.com/EddieHearn/status/1118335778780844034?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 17, 2019</a></blockquote>
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Hearn says "we are working with all relevant parties and will update with more details soon."

Salita Promotions, which represents Miller, said Wednesday it was obtaining more information about VADA's finding and "will have more to say soon on this developing situation."

Joshua, who holds the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO belts, is scheduled to fight Miller on June 1 at Madison Square Garden.

During the promotional tour for the fight, Miller said both fighters had agreed to between 10 and 12 weeks of drug testing in the buildup to the bout.

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