EDDIE HEARN revealed he is still owed money by Jarrell Miller after paying the drug-shamed heavyweight up front before his cancelled Anthony Joshua fight.
The 31-year-old last year lost out on a reported £5million payday and the opportunity to challenge for the unified titles after he failed a hat-trick of pre-fight drug tests.
Following a measly six month ban by the WBA, Miller was rewarded with a deal to sign for US promotion Top Rank and was scheduled to make his ring return next week.
That was until news broke that the heavyweight bad boy had once again tested positive for a banned substance – believed to be GW1516, one of the substances that ruled him out of fighting Joshua.
Promoter Hearn, who stopped working with Miller after the doping scandal last summer, said he was relying on the money the American was going to make for his comeback to repay a debt owed.
He told iFL TV: “He was due to make good money. He had a sign-on bonus from Top Rank and [James] Prince, I believe, which he’s probably gonna have to repay.
“He owes me money. We were getting paid [from]this fight [for]the money he owes us from the Joshua fight.
“The up-front payment that we gave him, which he has to return, because he failed a drug test.”
Miller attempted to protest his innocence after the shameful news by insisting he never willingly took the performance enhancing steroid and was left more “outraged” than anyone else.
He told Fight Network: “This is something that was ingested.
“We don’t know if it was contaminated, but we’re investigating as of right now. Me and my team are just working due diligently to get the facts 100 per cent straight.
“I have never ever willingly take a steroid for performance enhancement purposes.
“Did I take something for healing properties, for injury, yes I have. Before a fight to win a fight and during a training camp, no, I have never done that.
“Nobody can be more outraged than me. I’m the one that’s lost millions of dollars. I’m the one that’s had his career on the line.
“But I have to think about it with a straight mind. I have to figure it out. Sit down with my team. Get everything in order and get everything done in the right way.”