Jarrell Miller shakes Ariel Bracamonte with a right uppercut.  (Photo: Primera Boxing)

Some will consider it a contradiction. Others will see it as a (last) chance at redemption. The first night of action of the 38th edition of the festival KO to Drugsorganized by the World Boxing Association (WBA) in Buenos Aires, marked the return to the ring of the frustrated world heavyweight challenger Jarrell Miller after almost four years inactive and as many positive anti-doping controls. One of them opened the door the biggest blow that this sport offered in the last three decades.

The 33-year-old American defeated on points in unanimous decision to Buenos Aires (based in La Cumbre) Ariel Tiny Bracamonte, South American champion of the maximum division, in a fight that took place at the Casino Buenos Aires, in the Puerto Madero neighborhood. In a duel that kept the public expectant during the 10 rounds, the Big Baby exhibited slowness and low aerobic capacity, understandable after such a stop, but also power and sparkles in its class.

The North American mastodon, who at Wednesday’s weigh-in had registered 155 kiloswas much higher and more than once moved the former Argentine monarch (138,570 kilos), whose greatest merit was standing up at the final bell. The cards of the three judges marked 97-92 and so the visitor, who suffered a point discount in the fourth round for a low blow, added his 24th victory (20 before the limit) for a resume that has as its only stain a draw against Joey Dawejko, in his fifth rented start.

One thousand three hundred fourteen days They had passed since Miller’s last victory, on November 17, 2018 against the Romanian Bogdan Dinu, in what had been his last fight before this landing in Buenos Aires. Y 1164 days had passed since the American he had missed the most important sporting chance of his life And he had seriously jeopardized his career.


Jarrell Miller shakes Ariel Bracamonte with a right uppercut. (Photo: Primera Boxing)

On April 16, 2019, the Brooklyn-born boxer, then second in the WBA heavyweight ranking and third in the World Boxing Organization, was preparing to face June 1 at Madison Square Garden in New York to Anthony Joshua for the titles of those two organizations and that of the International Boxing Federation, all held by the British.

That day, the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) reported that traces of GW1516, a prohibited metabolite that improves aerobic capacity and endurance, had been detected in the urine sample that Miller had delivered on March 20, and that according to studies Laboratory tests may have carcinogenic effects. Twenty-four hours later, the New York State Athletic Commission denied the boxer the license he needed to face Joshua.

As if this were not enough, three days after the first announcement, the VADA reported that Miller had also tested positive in a blood sample and a urine sample taken on March 31. In the first, traces of HGH were found, a hormone to increase muscle mass; in the second, GW1516 again and also traces of erythropoietin (EPO), a hormone that increases the production of red blood cells (and, therefore, the presence of oxygen in the blood).

Jarrell Miller was going to face Anthony Joshua in June 2019, but three positive drug tests prevented him from doing so.

Jarrell Miller was going to face Anthony Joshua in June 2019, but three positive drug tests prevented him from doing so.

although then evaded a sanction for an administrative vericuete (at the time of testing positive, he did not have a valid boxing license), Miller lost the opportunity to fight for the title and also to collect the most important bag of his career: almost five million dollars.

The need to find an emergency replacement to act as partner in Joshua’s United States debut led Matchroom Boxing, organizer of the fight, to use the unknown Andrew Ruizwho in the March rankings had appeared 11th in the WBA and 15th in the IBF (the WBO did not even include him in its ranking).

The outcome of that part of the story is known: the Mexican-American knocked out Joshua in the seventh roundafter both fell in the third chapter, he kept the three belts and signed the biggest hit in elite boxing since James’s victory busters Douglas facing Mike Tyson on February 11, 1990 in Tokyo.

Andy Ruiz stunned the boxing universe by knocking out Anthony Joshua at Madison Square Garden.  (Photo: Al Bello / Getty Images / AFP)

Andy Ruiz stunned the boxing universe by knocking out Anthony Joshua at Madison Square Garden. (Photo: Al Bello / Getty Images / AFP)

The least visible fraction of the story was the one that featured Miller, who had already registered a positive in June 2014 when he was competing in kickboxing (in that case, due to the consumption of methylhexaneamine, a drug that acts as a stimulant and helps to lose weight). peso) and had served a nine-month suspension. The New Yorker carried the doping cross for several months until in 2020 he had his first chance at redemption.

In January of that year, he signed a contract with the promoter Top Rank that, due to the coronavirus pandemic, was only able to plan his return for July 9 in Las Vegas against Jerry Forrest in a fight that would be the main attraction of an evening that was going to take place in the bubble that veteran Bob Arum’s company had set up at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Nevertheless, another doping test aborted the plans two weeks before the contest. The substance that caused this positive was again GW1516. Miller was automatically banned from the card and this time the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) temporarily suspended his license.

The boxer cried out for his innocence before anyone who wanted to listen. In September of that year, he alleged that the last positive had been a consequence of ingesting a male sexual stimulant and that those of 2019 had been due to the application of a stem cell injection in one of his elbows. Even more: he assured that he had never consumed substances to improve his sports performance. “Everyone wants to point the finger and listen to whoever speaks the loudest, but not everyone has the correct information”held.

Jarrell Miller seeks redemption after four failed drug tests.

Jarrell Miller seeks redemption after four failed drug tests.

His public arguments failed to move the NSAC, which suspended him on December 2, 2020. by two years (computable from the date of the last positive control), with the possibility of a six month reduction in case of undergoing a treatment program against drugs that improve sports performance, as well as a regimen of random tests administered by the VADA.

A few days later, the Big Baby He began to undergo random tests ordered by the NSAC, although at that time it was still a chimera to think of a return to the rings. “I’m going to pee in this damn cup even though I don’t even know if I want to keep boxing. I might become a rapper or I might play (American) football,” she assured as she broadcast that first test through his Instagram Live channel.

Neither the rhymes nor the oval ball ended up seducing him. And 18 months after urinating in that damn glass, Miller returned to fight, summoned by the WBA to participate in the KO to Drugsa program that began in September 1993 at the initiative of its then president, Gilberto Mendoza, which continued by decision of Gilbertico Mendoza, his son and successor, and whose purpose is to assist organizations from different parts of Latin America that seek to keep young people away from problematic consumption.

Titles for all tastes.

The second day of KO to Drugs at the Casino de Buenos (TyC Sports will broadcast from 11:35 p.m.) will have as its main attraction this Friday the fight in which the porteña Clara Lescurat will try to take away WBA super flyweight world title to the Mexican Maribel Ramirez.

The boxer from Villa del Parque (now based in Escobar), who for seven years was part of the Argentine team, won all six fights (three before the limit) that he starred in since his professional debut just 14 months ago. Her last one, in March against Panamanian Nataly Delgado, allowed her to win the 115-pound Gold title and opened the door for this World Cup chance.

Clara Lescurat has won all six of her professional fights since her debut in April 2021. (Photo: Chino Maidana Promotions)

Clara Lescurat has won all six of her professional fights since her debut in April 2021. (Photo: Chino Maidana Promotions)

His rival, the Panther Ramírez, 35 years old and owner of a modest record of 13 wins, 9 losses and 3 draws, will exhibit for the third time the crown she won in May 2018, when she beat the Peruvian Linda Lecca in Lima, and which she defended by defeating the Japanese Aniya Seki and tied with the Chilean Daniela Asenjo in a highly controversial decision.

Two other former members of the national team will fight in this evening for regional titles of the WBA: the Buenos Aires Brian Suarez will face the Venezuelan Albert Ramirez by the Continental Americas of the medium heavyweight division, which is vacant, and the entrerriano Leander Blanc Fedelatin will expose the light flyweight against the Mexican German Valenzuela.

Furthermore, the Cuban Paul Vincent and the Colombian Manuel Philip Gonzalez They will be measured for the International super featherweight title. Sanjuanino will complete the billboard Fabian Orozco and the mexican Jorge Ascanio Martinezwho will face each other for six rounds in a duel framed in the super bantamweight division.

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