Boxing is still a bit up in arms at the recent failed PED tests from unbeaten heavyweight Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller. The Brooklyn fighter was schedule to face off with IBF, WBA, and WBO heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder on June 1st, yet he failed three successive tests, coming up positive for GW1516 twice, HGH, and EPO.
The Joshua fight is now canceled, as promoter Eddie Hearn continues to look for a replacement. Meanwhile, several fighters have shared their thoughts on the matter.
During a recent edition of Inside PBC Boxing, airing Wednesday on FS1, we saw the takes from WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, former champion Mikey Garcia, IBF super middleweight champion Caleb Plant, and three-division champion Leo Santa Cruz.
Wilder and Miller have traded words in the press and it was no surprise when Deontay went all in.
“Guys like that, drug cheats, they made me miss out on a lot of money,” Wilder shared. “They made go into some of the toughest moments of my career and reconsider boxing. I don’t have no place in my heart for a cheat. This sport is very serious and I’m always talking about risking our lives in the ring. When a guy uses any type of things to make his body perform some type of way it ain’t supposed to, I don’t have no respect for you.”
Wilder has seen previously schedule opponents (Alexander Povetkin, Luis Ortiz, and
Andrzej Wawrzyk) test positive ahead of fights he was supposed to have with them, altering his plans in the ring. So it’s no surprise that he has no remorse for Miller.
“What he did is [inexcusable],” Wilder said boldly. “Not only did he take this stuff but he allowed someone to inject it in him. Nobody knows who this guy is. Now he gets an opportunity of the lifetime and what does he do with it.”
Wilder clarified that it wasn’t just about him being angry at the matter.
“I’m passionate about it because I’m so disappointed in him,” said Wilder. “I’m disappointed because he allowed his family to not have this opportunity. But you know how it goes. If you bless a foolish man, it becomes a curse. This man wanted popularity, he wanted fame. It just came in the worst way for him.”
Other members of the panel seemed to speak as though they were uncertain how long Miller’s ban should be, but Wilder pulled no punches, calling for a lifetime ban.
“What makes it look so bad, he wanted to accuse [Joshua] of doing it, and then he does it,” Wilder said. “The only way to put to a stop is if someone really puts an end to it, and he got to be the example.”
You can tell the topic hits home for Wilder.
“Lifetime ban for sure,” Wilder said. “He took multiple hardcore drugs. He took a drug that can give you cancer. What risk will you take to go to the top. You will kill yourself for fame. You will kill yourself for money. He got the opportunity of a lifetime. He got life-changing money. When you sticking stuff in your veins, that’s on purpose. Lifetime ban, count me in!”
Wilder is next set to face top contender Dominic Breazeale on May 18th. As for Miller, he has a long road ahead of him.