Update 19 April: Multiple press outlets report Miller failed a second drug test, this time he tested positive for HGH (Human Growth Hormone)
Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller, a former kickboxer who once competed for the K-1 and GLORY organizations, was denied a boxing license by the New York State Athletic Commission Wednesday after testing positive for a prohibited substance.
Miller “tested positive for the banned substance GW1516 in a random urine test”, according to a report by ESPN boxing writer Dan Rafael. GW1516 can increase endurance in athletes, and has been prohibited by WADA for roughly a decade.
Miller was scheduled to face boxing heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua on 1 June in New York.
Miller competed in the 2012 K-1 World Grand Prix in Croatia, but lost a decision to tournament champion Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic in the quarterfinals.
He faced Cro Cop again at GLORY’S “Last Man Standing” event in June 2014, but once again was outpointed by the former Croatian Anti-Terrorist police officer.
Miller then focused on his boxing career, and is unbeaten at 23-0-1 and a top 10 heavyweight contender. In kickboxing, his record is listed at 22-2 (10 KOs).
This is the fighter’s second positive test for a banned substance. Miller failed a drug test after the Cro Cop rematch at GLORY 17, and received a nine-month suspension.