Sarah Fina, Jarrell Miller’s promoter, has claimed that the Brooklyn heavyweight is being “nailed to the cross” over his failed drug tests “because he is an African-American fighter”, the BBC report.
The 30-year-old, who was set to take on Anthony Joshua at Madison Square Garden on June 1, recorded an “adverse finding” in a March drugs test, before Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn revealed on Friday that the American failed a second separate test.
However, Miller isn’t the first high profile boxer to fail a drugs test in recent years.
Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez recently signed a multi-million fight deal with streaming giants DAZN, even though the Mexican previously failed two drug tests and served a six-month ban from the ring.
And addressing the American’s current situation on social media, Fina slammed Miller’s actions, however, the promoter then went on to add that Miller is ‘being nailed to the cross because he is an African-American fighter’.
Firstly, I do not condone cheating whatsoever.
Am I upset and disappointed with Jarrell? Absolutely. What Jarrell has done is wrong 100%. But what I won’t do is turn my back on him. People make bad choices in life.
With all of that being said, it is hard for me not to think that he is being nailed to the cross because he is an African-American fighter.
The proposed clash between Miller and Joshua is now thought to be off, with Hearn now trying to arrange another opponent for the current IBF, IBO, WBA and WBO champion in June.