Jarrell Miller spoke to BonusCodeBets.co.uk over the weekend from his home in New York. In a wide-ranging and explosive interview the boxer, who was due to fight Anthony Joshua last year before being done for doping, claims Eddie Hearn made him a scapegoat, claims he’s a better fighter than AJ and Tyson Fury and will be the World Champion.
Jarrell Miller Claims Eddie Hearn Made Him A Scapegoat After His Doping Episode…
“You have people that have a bigger following than me that are going to put their personal story first. And that’s what Eddie did with Matchroom. He was under fire from DAZN for it, so I was their scapegoat.
“Any big business or corporation always find a scapegoat, so why not blame it on the big brash American? Make him look the bad guy and meanwhile he [Eddie] can run for the clear.
“I kept things cordial with Eddie because of DAZN. People from DAZN were messaging me to say: ‘keep your head up’ and ‘stay positive’, ‘we’d love to see you again’. And then for Eddie Hearn to say the total opposite, it’s mixed messages. What Eddie put on camera, he never said that to my face.”
JARRELL MILLER: LAMENTS OTHER BIG NAME FIGHTERS LIKE BILLY JOE SAUNDERS WHO WERE TALKING “JUNK” ABOUT HIM
“There are certain athletes in the boxing game that use my name. If you can’t say it to my face, I know you’re a punk. 99.9 per cent of the people you see in the boxing world would never look my way and say something to my face – that’s the kind of characters they are.
“A lot of fighters that were talking junk; Andre Ward, Billy-Joe Saunders, Tony Bellew, Deontay Wilder and Hearn. A lot of fighters were running their mouth who didn’t know s**t about this situation.
“Deontay was running his mouth and his brother got popped for something [done for doping]. Like I said before, I wouldn’t jump to conclusions and you got to do your homework.
“When Dillian White got in trouble I said: don’t jump to conclusions you got to do your homework. 99 per cent of fighters are talking straight bullshit and they have no structure in what they’re saying.
“I am number two in the world, the only reason I am not number one is because I don’t have no belt, I know I am a better fighter than all of these guys. I’m better than AJ, I’m better than Tyson, I’m better than Deontay, I only call myself number two because I don’t have that belt. I’m going to be world champ.”
JARELL MILLER: INSISTS HE LIVES AN ‘HONEST LIFESTYLE’ DESPITE BEING FOUND GUILTY ON THREE ACCOUNTS OF DOPING
“If it wasn’t for some bad news, some horrible information, I’d be world champion right now. I make do with it – everyone in the world has to understand nothing is going to go 100 per cent sometimes and it comes down to you as a person – how you deal with that adversity.
“I’m the quickest one to tell my son: if you make a mistake in life, you man-up and you own-up to it, and you deal with it and move forward because no-one is perfect, nobody is Mother Teresa, ain’t nobody Jesus, ain’t nobody Moses out here.
“We all fall short of God’s grace and it’s all about proving to yourself that we can do right and being honest with ourselves. That’s what I always live by. Doing the right thing, being a man about it and earning what’s yours.”
JARRELL MILLER: ADMITS “80% OF THE TIME VILLAINS ALWAYS WIN” AND DOING EVERYTHING BY THE BOOK “LEAVES YOUR HANDS TIED”
“I always try to be someone who I would look up to, but what I’ve learnt is: if you understand where the bad guy is coming from, that’s when you understand life. Because nobody on top of their game is really the good guy, they may look like the model citizen, but there’s always something going on.
“Where I come from 80 per cent of the time the villain always wins, because when you do everything by the book, you leave your hands tied – you have to be that person who sees outside the box.
“If multi-millionaires play by all the rules, they wouldn’t be where they are at – so with some of these promoters like Eddie Hearn, they say these crazy, outrageous things, they don’t play by the rules all the time. That’s a fact.”
JARRELL MILLER: REVEALS “GETTING LAZY” COST HIM HIS SHOT AGAINST AJ
“Hard-work is number one, there are no shortcuts – but sometimes you are going to get lazy and you don’t do your homework and that’s when it’s going to cost you – like it did for me.
“You’ve got to ask tons of questions, be careful who you surround yourself with and who you deal with, be 100 per cent genuine and honest with yourself and your mistakes to get better and to be better.
“You need to know when to move from certain situations to the next, and always putting yourself in a positive frame of mind, because negativity only draws negativity. And the more you are around negative people and negative energy the more you’re going to be brought down.”
JARRELL MILLER: TO ADDRESS AN ELBOW INJURY BEFORE AJ, MILLER ADMITS NEEDING TO “SEEK ALTERNATIVES TO GET THINGS DONE”
“We were going to train all the way from January to June to get ready for AJ, but I was dealing with a recurring issue with my elbow.
“I was dealing with VADA (Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency) and going to see their specialists and doctors, I was seeing two different specialists and a psychiatrist that VADA wanted me to go see to make sure whatever I was taking was a part of the protocol.
“It was an injury I had for a long time. I just wanted to be 100 per cent for the fight, 100 per cent healthy, so we looked at alternatives to get things done and one thing led to another.
“I was seen by the doctors and by the time I got signed off to do certain things towards the injury I took a stem cell shot, which is known to have healing properties that are very strong and that’s when we had the positive tests of those components.
JARRELL MILLER: BELIEVES THE FAILED TESTS WERE A “MISUNDERSTANDING” AND HE BEGGED FOR A THIRD TEST TO PROVE INNOCENCE
“I begged for a third test after the other drug compounds that came out – a week before, I was a clean guy. That’s when I came out said this is where I got it from. And it was a big misunderstanding, but people on my team will understand that.
“But when you don’t have a conversation with someone and they go straight to the camera like what Eddie did – it’s bad. It makes the fighter look bad.
“I was heartbroken when I first got that information. I called VADA, I called the doctors and said: listen, this is what’s going on. They could tell you, I was open throughout camp, what I was doing, all of my supplements and even they were kind of shocked because I was so vocal on doing the right thing.
“But that’s how the cookie crumbles sometimes. It was a learning experience and it taught me a lot about myself, the people that I have around me.”