By Allan Fox: Popular heavyweight Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller was popped on a drug test ahead of his now-canceled July 9 fight against little known Jerry Forrest on ESPN. Miller and the Lou DiBella promoted Forrest were scheduled to fight a 10-rounder.
Miller has been pulled from the fight, and he’ll be temporarily suspended this Monday by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, according to Top Rank spokesman Evan Korn.
It’s likely that Miller’s suspension will be increased once the NSAC goes over the details of the situation. Just how long Miller will be suspended is what a lot of boxing fans want to know.
What kind of suspension will Miller get?
Does Miller get a slap on the hands with a three to six-month suspension or does he get banned for an entire 12 months? That would be hard on Miller to get that kind of penalty because he’s already been out of the ring for 1 1/2 years since his victory over Bogdan Dinu in November 2018.
If Miller is given another 12 months off, it means he’ll have been out of the ring for 2 1/2 years before he’ll be eligible to resume fighting. There are not too many fighters that can come back from a layoff as that Muhammad Ali did, but he obviously was a special talent. The last time I checked, no one is comparing Miller to Muhammad Ali.
The 300+ pound ‘Big Baby’ Miller turned up positive for the performance-enhancing drug, GW1516, which is the same substance that he tested positive for last year when he was scheduled to fight Anthony Joshua on June 1.
With the latest positive test for Miller, it’s unclear why the local commission waited this long before they conducted the test. His fight against Forrest, 32, was just around the corner on July 9, and it’s only that we’re hearing about testing. Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) did the testing.
Miller’s co-promoters at Top Rank are aware of the situation obviously, and they’re looking at bringing in former heavyweight world title challenger Carlos Takam to face Forrest.
Big Baby’s career looking in bad shape
The 39-year-old Takam is pretty old, but he’s won his last three fights since losing consecutive fights to Dereck Chisora and Anthony Joshua. Takam will still likely be a huge favorite over
Miller is now two for two in messing up his last couple of fights in testing positive for PEDs. Last year, ‘Big Baby’ Miller tested positive for these three drugs GW1516, Human growth hormone, and EPO.
“We are aware of the situation, and (Miller) will be placed on temporary suspension on Monday morning by the Nevada State Athletic Commission,” Top Rank spokesman Evan Korn said to The Ring.
This leaves Miller’s career situation looking bleak. It may not be the end of his career, but it puts him in a bad position to try and come back from it. The time off with the likely next suspension will be a tremendous hurdle for the 32-year-old Miller.
That problem alone is going to be hard for Miller. Top Rank hasn’t said whether they’ll stick it out with Miller or let him go from his contract. It’s still too early for any decisions to be made on Miller’s career, but we’ll soon see.
Deontay Wilder comments on Miller back in 2017
“He better watch himself too because the people that talk the loudest, acting in rage talking all that s***, you’ve got to watch them,” said Deontay Wilder in hinting about ‘Big Baby’ Miller using PEDs back in 2017 on social media.
“We know a lot about him too. Watch yourself, boy. Y’all stay away from these f**** PEDs, man. Y’all stay away from this s***. It ain’t good for you. There’s a lot of them, and I know all y’all too,” said Wilder.