Anthony Joshua's next opponent could be Luis Ortiz or Adam Kownacki after Jarrell Miller endangers the fight with a failed drug test
- The American debut of Anthony Joshua is in doubt after Jarrell Miller failed a drug test
- The British heavyweight could now face Luis Ortiz or Adam Kownacki
- Sportsmail has learned that a shortlist of five names is now being prepared for him
- Kubrat Pulev, Michael Hunter and Manuel Charr are also supposed to be in the five
Anthony Joshua will continue to fight on June 1, despite the failed drug test by Jarrell Miller – and Luis Ortiz and Adam Kownacki are the top goals to replace Miller when he is suspended.
Sportsmail understands a shortlist of five names that also includes Kubrat Pulev, Michael Hunter and Manuel Charr, is hastily put together for the Madison Square Garden competition in case Millers B monster also tests positive.
It was revealed in the early hours of Thursday morning that the American was tested positive for muscle growth substance GW1516 on March 20.
The American debut of Anthony Joshua has been questioned after a failed drug test for Jarrell Miller
Miller would be Joshua's first opponent in a match outside the UK before stopping the test
Experienced fighter Luis Ortiz (right) is supposed to be on a five-man list to replace Miller
WHAT IS GW1516?
GW1516 was developed in the 1990s as a treatment for diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease.
It works by forcing skeletal muscles to use fat instead of carbohydrates as an energy source.
Although it is used by some to accelerate fat loss, it also has real benefits as endurance for athletes.
He is expected to test his B-steel soon and if that is positive, he will almost certainly not get a license from the Athletic Commission of the state of New York.
The substance was added to the prohibited list of the World Anti-Doping Agency in 2009.
Joshua & # 39; s promoter Eddie Hearn told Sportsmail: & # 39; I spoke with AJ last night. It is not an ideal situation and we have to wait and see what happens to Jarrell.
& # 39; If he is unable to fight, AJ is still fighting on June 1 in Madison Square Garden.
& # 39; He has told me that he will definitely fight everyone and that is why we are now looking at our options. & # 39;
Joshua & # 39; s promoter Eddie Hearn told Sportsmail that his team is now looking at our options
The Polish Adam Kownacki is considered a top target if Miller is unable to fight
Ortiz feels less likely if the preparations to face a troublesome southpaw are less than seven weeks.
HIS FIVE POTENTIAL TEETH
Luis Ortiz – 31 wins, 1 defeat
Adam Kownacki – 19 wins, 0 defeats
Kubrat Pulev – 27 wins, 1 defeat
Michael Hunter – 16 wins, 1 defeat
Manuel Charr – 31 wins, 4 defeats
The Cuban is ranked three with the WBC and eight by the IBF, while the Polish-born New Yorker Kownacki is 19-0 and is ranked fifth by the WBC, fourth with the IBF and No. 13 by the WBA.
Pulev would be an interesting option if he was injured earlier in a fight with Joshua.
He is in eighth place at the WBC and is 27-1. American Hunter is No. 10 at the IBF with a 16-1 record, while Charr, who failed a doping test last year, is a regular champion with the WBA.
Other hunters who have expressed their interest, including Joseph Parker and the British Joe Joyce, are considered unlikely at this stage.
The situation is a huge frustration for IBF, WBA and WBO champion Joshua, who initially hoped to meet Deontay Wilder in a unification, only to make the conversations fail.
Joseph Parker, who defeated Joshua in Cardiff in March 2018, is interested in the fight
After news about Miller broke, the New Zealander went to Twitter to throw in his hat
Before Tuesday night's news, the fight had broken sales records for the iconic location in New York, and it only took two hours to become the best-performing presale ever.
While Tyson Fury fought on a rival broadcaster and Dillian Whyte closed earlier offers, Miller was his fourth choice for his American debut.
Now he will try to make a breakthrough between stateside and a lesser name. Miller has yet to respond to the situation, which follows a failed test of his kickboxing days.
Miller & # 39; s promoter, Dmitriy Salita, said: & # 39; We are in the process of obtaining further information about Vada & # 39; s findings and will soon have more to say about this development situation.
& # 39; In the meantime, Jarrell continues to train for his fight on June 1 against Anthony Joshua. & # 39;
Joe Joyce is another name in the mix, but Joshua is considered unlikely at this stage
An explosive buildup helped generate sales for the fight with fans now leaving waiting news