Eddie Hearn Says There is No Second Chance for Drug-cheat Jarrell Miller
As disgraced heavyweight fighter Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller (25-0-1, 21KO) continues winning on the comeback trail, the question many in boxing are asking is: does he deserve another chance? Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn is one man unwilling to gamble on Big Baby a second time.
Miller’s rise and fall that momentarily has stained him as the most notorious cheater in the sport. In 2019, Miller screwed up a huge opportunity to fight former unified champion Anthony “AJ” Joshua after testing positive for the banned substance Cardarine. Things continued to pile on for Miller as reports of a second failed drug test surfaced for a different banned substance, HGH. His situation went from bad to flat-out ridiculous after Top Rank gave him a shot at redemption, which was foiled by another failed drug test.
Hearn made it clear he liked Miller as the two traded unpleasantries during separate interviews with the media. Yet, some wounds cut too deep, and forgiveness is too hard to give.
NO FORGIVENESS FROM EDDIE HEARN
During an interview on the DAZN boxing show, Hearn explained his reasons for not being willing to give Miller a second chance.
“I think that everybody deserves a second chance. I’m not talking about testing positive. I’m talking about in life.”
“This was stone-cold cheating to beat another man, and there is no other way to describe it. It wasn’t someone gave him a supplement he was unaware of […] this was stone-cold cheating to effectively and physically harm another man. Let’s not dress it up.”
Hearn’s strong feelings on the situation are because of the danger this exposes toward his friend, Joshua.
“I’m not saying someone shouldn’t give Jarrell Miller a second chance. I’m saying I’m not giving him a second chance […] this guy failed tests, multiple tests in an attempt to have an unfair physical advantage over my friend (Anthony Joshua).”
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By: Garrisson Bland