Jarrell Miller denies 'willingly' taking banned substance after reports of a failed drug test
Jarrell Miller has denied "willingly" taking a performance enhancing drug after reports of a failed drug test ruined plans for a Las Vegas fight this month.
The American heavyweight has been removed from a scheduled fight against Jerry Forrest, with co-promoters Top Rank confirming that Miller would be placed on temporary suspension by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
Miller was set to resume his unbeaten 24-fight career and has questioned how he could have received the reported positive test.
"This is something that was ingested," Miller told Fight Network. "We don't know if it was contaminated, but we're investigating as of right now. Me and my team are just working due diligently to get the facts 100 per cent straight."
Asked whether he had purposefully taken performance enhancing drugs, Miller said: "No, I have never ever willingly take a steroid for performance enhancement purposes. No.
"Did I take something for healing properties, for injury, yes I have. Before a fight to win a fight and during a training camp, no, I have never done that."
WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman has said that Miller was 'expelled' by the WBC for not enrolling in the governing body's drug testing program for three years.
Sulaiman told Sky Sports: "Miller specifically, he was expelled from the WBC, because he failed to enrol in the clean boxing program. Not once, but twice."
Asked if Miller could fight for a WBC title in the future, Sulaiman said: "I don't speculate. I don't like to - what if ...
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