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Jarrell Miller denies knowingly taking banned substance

DRUGS TEST: Jarrell Miller said he's 'absolutely devastated' that his boxing licence has been revoked

JARRELL MILLER has denied knowingly taking a banned substance and said he is “absolutely devastated” that his boxing licence has been revoked.

The American boxer was scheduled to fight Anthony Joshua, the world heavyweight champion, in New York on June 1 but the fight has been called off after Miller failed a drugs test.

The 30-year-old’s sample tested positive for a metabolic modulator following a test by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association on March 20.

Following the result, the New York State Athletic Commission revoked Miller’s licence.

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In a statement posted on Instagram, Miller said: “I have NEVER knowingly taken any banned substance and when I found out the news last night I was totally shocked.

“My team and I stand for integrity, decency and honesty and together we will stand to fight this with everything we have!

“This was a voluntarily test that I was very happy to do and these results came just one week after another voluntarily test that I had taken which was completely clean. I refuse to just lie down and let my dream be taken away from me when I know in my heart that I’ve done nothing wrong.”

Miller has the right to request for another sample be tested. He has said he will be “vigorously appealing” the decision.

“Remember don’t believe everything you hear and see. The facts will prevail and I shall be vindicated. I don’t have anything to hide and the truth will make itself known,” he said.

Joshua’s team is now on the search for a new opponent for the champion.

The Guardian reported Eddie Hearn, Joshua’s promoter, said: “This is predominantly the Anthony Joshua show but we still need that dance partner, that credible guy, that great fight that can light up that arena on June 1."

He added: “And it’s a massive night for Anthony, it’s his American debut, it’s Madison Square Garden, it’s a night that will be remembered for a long time in his career so it’s important that we find the right guy.”

Joshua’s new opponent will be revealed next week.

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