Anthony Joshua has become the latest sports star to fall foul of the ‘Drake curse’ after opponent Jarrell Miller failed a drugs test.
The heavyweight joins a list of athletes to have suffered a setback after having a selfie or picture with the Canadian rapper.
It was revealed Miller had tested positive for a banned substance on April 17, less than a month after Joshua posted a picture of Drake on his Instagram account on March 21, ultimately leading to the fight being cancelled.
With Joshua adapting to his surroundings in New York ahead of his bout with late replacement Andy Ruiz Jr, the 29-year-old found time to talk on The Michael Kay Show.
‘You know about the Drake curse? It is real though. Do you know what is weird actually? I took a picture with Drake before Miller got banned,’ Joshua said.
‘Miller had his drug test and the whole fight went to pot. The fight got cancelled.’
Joshua will defend his IBF, IBO, WBA and WBO titles against Ruiz Jr at Madison Square Garden on June 1.
Meanwhile, Miller was denied a licence by thr New York State Athletic Commission in April after testing positive for HGH, GH-1516 and EPO last month.
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Layvin Kurzawa was the last victim of the ‘Drake Curse’ following Paris Saint-Germain’s shock thrashing at the hands of Lille last month.
The PSG defender was a part of the side that emphatically lost 5-1 to Lille – the club’s heaviest league defeat in 19 years.
And it’s not the first time a sports star has met the famous singer and then suffered defeat in their next game.
Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang fell victim after posing for a photo with the Canadian who was holding his Arsenal shirt on April 2.
The Gunners would go on to lose to Everton 1-0 at Goodison Park the following Sunday.
Paul Pogba is also another star name that is on the list that has suffered from the supposed curse.
The Frenchman smiled for a picture with Drake after a performance at the Manchester Arena on March 11 while Manchester United team-mates Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard watched from a box.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men would then be dumped out of the FA Cup by Wolves on March 16 – a game in which Pogba featured.