For the first time in his boxing career, Jarrell ‘Big Baby’ Miller has documented proof of cleaning up his act.
The disgraced former heavyweight contender has officially begun random drug testing, submitting to his first test on Wednesday evening. The process was ordered by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) earlier this month, requiring Miller to submit to such protocols for a minimum of six months.
“I’m gonna pee in this goddamn cup and keep it moving,” Miller stated while recording the session for his Instagram Live channel. “I don’t even know if I wanna box anymore. I might just become a rapper. You naw’mean, I could just play football at this point.”
The random drug test was the first since earlier this summer, when Brooklyn’s Miller (23-0-1, 20KOs) tested positive for the banned substance GW501516—also known as cardarine and endurobol—prior to a scheduled July 9 headliner on ESPN. Miller was due to face Jerry Forrest live from The Bubble at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, in his first fight since a 4th round knockout of Bogdan Dinu in Nov. 2018.
Instead, he was handed a lengthy suspension by the NSAC backdated to the time of the finding in late June. Miller has the chance to shave six months from his sentence, on the conditions that he enroll in and complete a drug testing program as contracted through Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency (VADA) as well as a substance abuse program, both of which he is required to pay.
Completion of both programs will reduce Miller’s suspension from 24 months to 18, leaving him eligible to return to the ring roughly sometime around January 2022.
Naturally, the brash heavyweight has already set his sights at the top level.
“I’m gonna get a hold of [lineal heavyweight champion] Tyson Fury and I’m gonna smash this fool,” insists Miller. “You wanna know why? Because boxing needs a Big Boy Baby like me. I’m just giving you facts.”
The drug testing scandal marked the second year in a row where Miller was removed from a major fight due to findings in his system. A multi-million dollar payday versus then-unbeaten and unified heavyweight titlist Anthony Joshua vanished last April, when it was learned that Miller came up hot in three separate drug testing samples. It cost him a shot at the heavyweight crown in front of a sold-out crowd at Madison Square Garden in New York City, not far from his Brooklyn hometown.
The opportunity instead went to Andy Ruiz, who stopped Joshua in the 7th round of their DAZN-streamed main event to become the first-ever Mexican boxer to win a piece of the heavyweight crown.
Because he was never officially licensed by the New York State Athletic Commission at the time, Miller was able to avoid a state-issued suspension. Still, he remained on the bench for the duration of the year, before entering a promotional agreement with Top Rank earlier this year. The ongoing coronavirus pandemic delayed his ring return until July, with Top Rank operating all of its post-pandemic business in the Las Vegas bubble.
Doing so required Miller to apply for a boxing license with the state of Nevada, the same step he took in New York prior to the planned fight with Joshua. The matter was handled far more effectively by the NSAC, who treated Miller like a licensed fighter which meant his having to submit to state-mandated pre-fight drug testing.
The distinction was key, as the drug test result allowed the NSAC to issue a temporary suspension while reviewing his case. Miller remained under such status for five months before his case was finally heard and ruled upon during the commission’s monthly agenda hearing on Dec. 2. From there came the issued suspension, which Miller has not legally contested even though he publicly questions the process.
“How is someone in the commission’s office gonna hand me down this sentence, when he never, ever, ever, ever dealt with this kind of problem,” Miller questioned aloud. “Don’t know anything about it other than what he’s reading in articles.
“How many real medical experts did he even call? I know I did. I called all over asking why is this shit in my system? [Former two-time UFC light heavyweight champion] Jon Jones had something in his system for over a year [preceding his scheduled fight with Alexander Gustafsson at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas]. Then they tried to suspend him again. So what did they do? They sent him over to California, while trying to suspend him over such a small amount in his system that it can’t do nothing for him.”
Nevertheless, Miller is well aware that there exists zero chance of talking his way out of a suspension; rather, proving for the first time in his career that he is a clean athlete.
“Just stay tuned in,” Miller demanded. “This is the first drug test, I know I’m gonna pass the damn thing and just keep it moving.”
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox