Jarrell "Big Baby" Miller, a friendly American giant whose mouth fits his belt, said Monday, with no evidence, that the world champion heavyweight Anthony Joshua used performance enhancing drugs.
The champion of the three belts rejected the claims of the second stage of what announces as a busy four month campaign before fighting at Madison Square Garden on June 1st.
Miller, 22, the biggest of the main contenders, however, speaks with doubtful authority. The undefeated 30-year-old heavyweight, who had learned the teenage fight in Muay Thai and kick-boxing, was suspended for nine months and fined $ 2,500 in 2014 when he died. he was tested positive for the banned substance, dimethylamylamine, before switching to the gloved fight that earned him a world title in his hometown after 24 fights against various opponents.
Miller is clean as a boxer, but thinks Joshua might not have always been – an allegation that the champion denied, discreetly but firmly. "Jarrell has been banned from drug possession," said Joshua, "so maybe that's why he's saying it."
Miller, eager to create mutual animosity with Joshua, said: "I study all the opponents. My father was a bodybuilder growing up; you can see it. I'm looking at someone and I say, he's on steroids. Anyone who comes out of the hobby at 220 lbs and weighs 240 lbs in a year, there is something wrong with this picture.
"It's not possible for you to develop 20 pounds of muscle in a year without taking a supplement. It is impossible. I know that bodybuilders train all year round, without stopping, and do not put as much muscle.
"Now, if you look at his stature, while he remains at this higher level, his physique has contracted a little.
Anthony Joshua will defend his titles at Madison Square Garden on June 1st. Photography: Richard Heathcote / Getty Images
"We both have contracts in place where we are protected and the appropriate tests will take place, but things are clearly written."
Joshua smiles, but not for long when Miller's request is made. "It's a compliment," he says, "because if I were, I would not even be able to wear that shirt. I am dedicated to training, what you can see. I applied myself well and these are the results. I train since the age of 18, so it's 11 years old.
"He looks at my change between 2012 and 2013, but why does not he look at 11? the [London] At the Olympics, I weighed about 104 kg. Then, when I became professional, I weighed about 107 kg. Now I have 115 kg, which is 11 kg in 11 years. It's just my dedication. I would not recommend it to everyone because it is expensive, especially the food I drink, the lifestyle and training.
"This is not the first time this has happened, Wladimir Klitschko [whom Joshua beat in 2017] has been accused of this. Thus, many fighters will be charged. But I get tested and, if in the next 10 years, something should happen, it would be a mistake because I do not stuff the needles in the buttocks.
"I'm on Adams [the Anti-Doping Administration & Management System] or. They must know where I am for an hour each day. They can arrive anytime during the day and it's a lifetime commitment. I have been working there since 2012 and I pay £ 40,000 to get tested twice a week. These are random drug testing all year round.
When they clashed for the first time in New York last weekMiller animated the camera debates by pushing Joshua almost out of his feet, but this only made the Watford hunter aware of the task ahead. The battle lines have been traced and will remain so, says Joshua.
"I do not really hear with the guys I'm fighting with, and I always find it odd that you can build a fight and kiss and cuddle afterwards, even after you've said all kinds of things for six or seven weeks. I'm not really involved in that. "
Miller brings an interesting story to the fight – born in Brooklyn, intermittently bred in Belize, where he was sharing a home with 15 family members – though fans will have to be convinced that he's good for something else besides his own. a colorful quote.
It's hard not to appreciate it and it will be just as hard to believe that the difficult discussions that are going on between now and fight the night are more than just part of the big sale.
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