By Xavier Porter
(June 28, 2020 – Brooklyn, NY)
Undefeated heavyweight title contender Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller was scheduled to return back to the ring, this coming July 9, after completing a twenty-month suspension for testing positive, for several banned substances, ahead of his June 1 scheduled unification title fight against current champion Anthony Joshua.
Miller was due to challenge Joshua for the WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO world heavyweight titles. The fight was huge for both parties as this was the United Kingdom’s champion making his first defense of his world titles, live at Madison Square Garden. The fight would’ve netted Miller a maximum payout of close to ten million dollars and the world titles, if he had won.
Unfortunately for Miller, he tested positive for the banned performance enhanced drug named GW501516. Further drug tests concluded positive results for EPO and HGH. Although Miller initially denied taking any banned substances, he has since apologized for his actions and completed his suspension.
With former WBC Heavyweight World Champion Deontay Wilder losing his title to Lineal and new WBC Heavyweight World Champion Tyson Fury, along with Joshua reclaiming his titles, Miller, who completed his rightful suspension, signed a joint promotion deal with Top Rank, and appeared ready to return to action.
Miller (23-0-1, 20 KOs) signed a joint promotion deal with Bob Arum’s Top Rank, and a new management deal with James Prince Aka J. Prince of the famed “Rap-A-Lot Records”, and was set to face a slick but tough southpaw Jerry Forrest (23-3, 20 KOs), in Las Vegas.
Going into the fight, Miller had a lot of weight on his shoulders (no pun intended). Miller is currently ranked as the world’s seventh best active heavyweight and with the way the division has rearranged itself, there’s no telling if or when he’ll receive a shot at a world title.
Again, there’s also the weight factor of which he carries into each fight, surpassing the scales from (285lb-300lb), and more sometimes.
Lastly, but definitely not the least, other factors that needed to be considered prior to his return included:
- Is he trustworthy?
- Is he dependable?
- Can he box and fight, at a high level, without usage of performance enhancement drugs?
Taking banned substances in any professional sport is surely illegal, considered cheating, and can be dangerous given the nature of the sport.
At this time, Miller has again tested positive for the banned performance enhancing drug, known as GW501516.
With his recent positive test result and more to possibly come, what will take place with Miller going forward in his career and his life? It was reported and stated by Bob Arum that he received a paid advance from J. Prince to support his comeback and career, upwards close to a million dollars.
It has also been reported that Miller received an advance payment from Arum, while continuing to deal with legal and contract issues with his former, primary promoter Dmitry Salita (Salita Promotions).
The question that now begs to be asked: will Miller receive the support as an African-American fighter, during the current climate of society and the sport of boxing?
- Does “Black Lives Matter” during this time?
- Will he get the mental health support that he may need?
- Will he get the substance use counseling that he may need?
For now, we’ll just have to wait and see and pray for the best.
For continued support, follow and support Miller on social media at:
- https://www.instagram.com/bigbabymiller/ (appears to have been inactivated at this time)
Xavier Porter is the:
- Host and Producer of the multi-cultural podcast series: SHOOT THE FIVE WITH XAVIER PORTER
- Editor and Lead Writer: www.brooklynfights.com
- Boxing Analyst for: Facebook FIGHTNIGHTLIVE https://www.facebook.com/FaceFIGHTNIGHTLIVE/
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