Drug cheat Jarrell Miller claims he is better than Anthony Joshua and Fury and slams Hearn after being made ‘scapegoat’ – The Sun
JARRELL MILLER insists he is still the best heavyweight in the world ahead of champions Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury and claims promoter Eddie Hearn made him a "scapegoat" in his doping scandal.
Miller saw his shot at the unified titles vanish after he failed multiple pre-fight Voluntary Anti Doping Agency (VADA) tests before his scheduled fight against Joshua in June last year.
As a result the unbeaten Brooklyn brawler was handed a measly six-month ban for the tests he argues came after taking tainted supplements.
Miller is still fuming that Hearn decided to take aim at the accused cheat instead of taking into account his side of the story.
The 31-year-old claims Hearn made him a "scapegoat" in the messy doping scandal which he ultimately reckons cost him becoming world champion – which his pal Andy Ruiz Jr did instead after an upset win against AJ in New York.
Miller told BonusCodeBets.co.uk: "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 [Hearn] 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.
"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."
Since Miller's suspension he has signed with ESPN and promoter Bob Arum in a bid to fight now promotional stable-mate Tyson Fury – who dethroned American Deontay Wilder of the WBC crown in February.
Joshua has since regained the WBA, IBF and WBO belts Miller would have challenged for, but the New Yorker is adamant the only reason he cannot be considered the division's No1 is because he's yet to challenge for the titles.
He said: "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 No2 because I don't have that belt. I'm going to be world champ."
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