Joshua’s team will be scrambling to find a new opponent for the bout on June 1 in Madison Square Garden, New York
Anthony Joshua’s fight with Jarrell Miller has officially been called off after the American was refused a licence due to a failed drugs test.
The Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency (VADA) flagged up irregularities in a recent test on Miller, who has now been denied a licence by the New York State’s Athletic Commission as a result.
The decision leaves Joshua having to find a new opponent for his US debut at Madison Square Garden on June 1.
Miller, 30, is still waiting on the result of his B Sample and can still reapply for his licence, however, the situation is unlikely to be resolved quickly.
A number of opponents have been touted as potential replacements with AJ reportedly keen on fighting Luis Ortiz while Manuel Charr claims to have been approached to take on the British fighter.
Ortiz has only lost once in his professional career, a defeat to WBC champ Deontay Wilder in 2018, although he has failed two drugs tests.
“I love that fight,” Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn said. “That’s an ideal scenario, that’s a big fight.
“I know his team, although my feeling from them was he won’t be ready. But the argument is that’s a tougher fight than Jarrell Miller.”
Another option for Joshua is Kubrat Pulev, who he was due to fight in October 2017 before the Bulgarian withdrew due to injury.
Meanwhile, unbeaten Polish heavyweight Adam Kowanacki has been linked with the bout as he is based in New York.
Joshua has reportedly told Hearn he is prepared to fight “absolutely anyone” with news now confirmed Miller will not be able to compete.
“I just said mate, I’ve got some terrible news, Miller’s failed a drug test,” Hearn said.
“He said ‘you’re joking’. He didn’t even sound that surprised. He said ‘who’s next?’ I asked him who he wanted and he said ‘absolutely anyone, no problem, anyone’.”