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Posted by on Sep 11, 2019 in Boxing |

Miller, Top Rank “in advanced negotiations” for “multi-fight deal”

Miller, Top Rank “in advanced negotiations” for “multi-fight deal”

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Miller was suspended six months for failing multiple drug tests earlier this year

It looks as though heavyweight contender Jarrell Miller will land on his feet after testing positive for just a whole heap of drugs earlier this year, scuttling a career-high payday against Anthony Joshua in the process. The Athletic’s Mike Coppinger reports that “Big Baby” is “in advanced negotiations with Top Rank on a multi-fight deal.”

Perhaps it’s a reward for causing Joshua-Ruiz and the subsequent anguish to Matchroom.

The reason for this is straightforward, as Coppinger points out: Top Rank spent a lot to acquire Tyson Fury’s services and have nobody to pit him against besides “free agents” like Deontay Wilder. Plus, Fury had a doping suspension of his own, albeit for a far less comical quantity of substances, so it’s not like Miller (23-0-1. 20 KO) represents an ethical lapse or anything.

Wilder-Fury II is (theoretically) still signed, so I’m guessing Miller makes his Top Rank debut on the undercard against some no-hoper before confronting the winner of the main event.

If there’s one lesson to take from this whole debacle, it’s that drugs make you a winner.