JARRELL MILLER is eligible to fight again in June but must record negative drug tests to do so.
The disgraced heavyweight has been serving a backdated two-year suspension from December 2020.
Jarrell Miller is eligible to fight again in June but must record negative drug tests to do so
A five-member panel of the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) voted unanimously to keep Miller remaining under suspension through June 16, 2022.
But commissioner Anthony A Marnell III has proposed that the American can become immediately eligible for a license from June 17.
Miller will however need to provide negative drug tests through a Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) random drug testing program.
Miller, 33, appeared with his attorneys via conference call at the commission’s monthly agenda hearing at state headquarters in Vegas
According to BoxingScene, Marnell said: “The ball is in your court. You will serve out the 24 months.
“It’s 100 per cent on you to determine what you do here.”
Miller was served with the backdated 24-month ban for testing positive for the banned substance GW501516—also known as cardarine and endurobol—ahead of his scheduled July 9 fight with Jerry Forrest.
He was offered the chance to have a sixth-month reduction by compiling with random drug testing terms – needing to submit at least two random drug tests per month for six consecutive months.
But Miller, who has not fought since November 2018, was unable to afford the testing program.
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He said: “I lost my wife. I lost my home. I lost my career. Now I’m in court fighting to be with my son.
“Financially, I am required to pay legal fees. This is bigger than boxing. It means being there for my son, for my mother.”
NSAC executive director Jeffrey Mullen was prepared to reject the application filed by Miller seeking a twelve-week reduction based on his past drug testing offences.
Miller tested positive for a banned substance for a June 2014 kickboxing event in California and was suspended for nine months.
But his most high-profile controversy came before his proposed June 2019 unified heavyweight title fight with Anthony Joshua in New York.
Miller later failed three VADA tests and was replaced by Andy Ruiz Jr, who stunned AJ but lost the rematch six months later.
He was then set to return in 2020 after signing with Bob Arum’s Top Rank stable until running into his latest drug-test shame.
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Miller has been financially supported by his manager and Greg Cohen in the past year and has also re-enrolled to VADA last summer, continuing to train.
The ex-contender hopes is to return to the ring in the next few months but no talks have taken place as he nears the end of his suspension.
Anthony Joshua before his cancelled fight with Jarrell Miller