Monday, September 24, 2007
One of boxing?s most exciting young warriors, Edison Miranda has captured the hearts of the fight world since his United States debut in 2005. Now, on Tuesday, October 30th, at the Seminole Hard Rock Live Arena in Hollywood, ?Pantera? begins his long-awaited assault on the super middleweight division when he takes on Henry Porras.
?I?m rested, ready, and I can?t wait to get back into the ring on October 30th,? said Miranda, who will be in action for the first time since a hard-fought May defeat to Kelly Pavlik in his final bout at 160 pounds. ?I promise the fans that I will be better than ever when I fight Porras, and I will win by knockout.?
Miranda-Porras, a 10 round super middleweight bout, headlines a hard-hitting night of world-class boxing presented by Seminole Warriors Boxing and DiBella Entertainiment, in association with Arena Box Promotions and the Seminole Tribe of Florida.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
HOLLYWOOD – The call came into the Seminole Warriors Boxing offices this week, and there was no mistaking who was on the other end of the line.
“I’m back,” said Edison “Pantera” Miranda, who has rebounded from his May loss to Kelly Pavlik and is back in the gym in San Juan, Puerto Rico, preparing for a late-October return at the Seminole Hard Rock Live Arena in Hollywood.
“I’ve been working out for hours every day and I feel great,” said Miranda, who after a successful run at middleweight will now compete in the 168-pound super middleweight division. “At 168 my punches are sharper and harder, my speed is still there, and I feel like I can jump in the ring right now.”
It’s a far cry from Miranda’s May loss to Pavlik, which saw him put his health at risk in order to make weight for the bout. The classy Miranda doesn’t want to put a damper on Pavlik’s win though.
“I have no excuses,” said Miranda. “Pavlik was the better man that night, but that fight is in the past. I don’t think about what happened yesterday, only about what’s happening today and tomorrow, and in 2008, I will be ready to fight for a title once again. Watch out world, “Pantera” is coming - bigger, badder, and harder than ever.”
Sunday, May 20, 2007
I’ll be live blogging the two fights tonight on HBO: Kelly Pavlik vs Edison Miranda and Cory Spinks vs Jermain Taylor.
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
The most charismatic middleweight in the world, people’s champion Edison ‘Pantera’ Miranda, checked in today from his training camp in Puerto Rico after another grueling workout in preparation for his May 19th bout with Kelly Pavlik, to send a message to Jermain Taylor.
“I’m concerned that the fans of Memphis are paying a lot of money for tickets to our show on May 19th because they think they’re going to see a middleweight championship fight, but really, that’s false advertising because you’re just fighting another junior middleweight,” said the always quotable Miranda about Taylor’s title defense against Cory Spinks, who is making his 160 pound debut. “So I’m willing to move my fight with Pavlik into the main event spot, and you can be on my undercard. This way the fans get what they paid for, we’ll probably sell even more tickets, and you get to see two REAL middleweights fight.”
Miranda, 28-1 with 24 KOs, has been must-see TV for fight fans from the time he arrived on US shores in 2005. Since then, he has knocked out contenders and former title challengers, beat down a rising star, got robbed of a championship via a larcenous decision, and received the blessing of middleweight legend Bernard Hopkins, who passed the 160-pound torch to the 26-year old. On May 19th, he battles unbeaten power puncher Kelly Pavlik in a highly-anticipated showdown.
“This is a fight between a man and a boy, but if the fans want to see it, I’m glad to knock Pavlik out,” said Miranda. “My only concern is that I will be so impressive that Taylor will give up his belts rather than face me. That’s okay though, because eventually, he’ll have to step into the ring with me, and from the first time I hit him, he’ll know that I’m no junior middleweight.”
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
On May 19th in Memphis, on the under card of the Jermain Taylor - Cory Spinks middleweight title fight there will be a battle to see who is next in line for a title shot. Undefeated Kelly Pavlik of Youngstown, Ohio will take on once beaten Edison Miranda of Columbia. The survivor should be the next opponent for the winner of Taylor - Spinks. If you’re looking for fireworks, Pavlik - Miranda should provide them.
Kelly Pavlik will be 25 years old the night of the fight. He will bring in a record of 30-0 with 27 knockouts. He stands a little over 6’ 2”. He has a 75” reach. Edison Miranda is 26 years old. He sports an impressive 28-1 ledger with 24 KO’s. He will be at a disadvantage in height standing 5’ 11” but he listed with a reach of over 76”. His only loss was in an attempt to win the IBF middleweight title last year losing a decision to dead game defending champion Arthur Abraham. Although he fought the majority of the fight with a broken jaw Abraham won by scores of 114-109, 115-109 and 116-109.
Thursday, March 22, 2007
Boxing has always been a tough business. It’s even tougher when those who claim to be ‘champions’ continue to run from real challenges in search of easy paydays that keep deserving contenders from getting their opportunity to shine. People’s middleweight champion Edison Miranda is not shy about discussing this topic.
“The middleweight division always had proud champions willing to fight everyone, like Marvin Hagler, Carlos Monzon, and Sugar Ray Robinson,” said Miranda. “Now we’re stuck with paper champions like Jermain Taylor and Arthur Abraham, who are disgracing this division.”
‘Pantera’, who is taking a well-deserved rest after his most recent win, a dominating victory over highly touted Allan Green in an HBO-televised bout on March 3rd, was just getting started.
“Arthur Abraham talks a lot about fighting me again, but if he is so serious, why is he asking the IBF for an exception so he can avoid me again,” asks Miranda, who broke Abraham’s jaw in two places in their highly controversial first bout last September. “I know why. Every time he looks in the mirror, he sees what I gave him in our first fight and it hurts him just to think about going through that pain again. He should just retire if he doesn’t have the guts to face me.”
Thursday, March 01, 2007
People’s middleweight champion Edison Miranda took time out from his busy training schedule in Puerto Rico to address comments recently made by IBF ‘beltholder’ Arthur Abraham.
“I apologize to my fans for not saying much recently, as I’m training very hard for my fight on March 3rd with Allan Green,” said Miranda of his HBO World Championship Boxing bout this Saturday night. “I wish I could be judging beauty contests like Arthur Abraham, but fighters fight.”
Miranda, whose unbeaten record was marred when Abraham was awarded a highly controversial decision on September 23rd in Abraham’s adopted home country of Germany, is the number one middleweight contender in the world, and the current beltholder has been mandated by the IBF to fight ‘Pantera’ a second time by June 23, 2007.
But Abraham appears reluctant to return to life as an active fighter, with a proposed April tune-up bout still containing the dreaded TBA as an opponent.
“It must be a slow time for boxing in Germany that a fighter with a losing record can’t be dug up for Abraham to fight in April,” said Miranda. “I think I broke more than his jaw last September. I think I broke his desire to be a fighter. Either that or his jaw still hurts”
While Abraham rehabs from the beating he took in September, Miranda s fighting for the second time on HBO since the ‘fiasco’ in Germany.
Thursday, February 22, 2007
Edison ‘Pantera’ Miranda is taking his next fight with Allan Green personally. The two meet on March 3rd in San Juan, Puerto Rico and the fight will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing. After the fight was signed, Green stated that ‘Miranda is stupid’ and a ‘one dimensional fighter’. He said many other derogatory comments that were for the most part ignored by Pantera.
However, it quietly gave Pantera a huge injection of strength, hunger, and determination. ‘I’d like to thank this kid for saying these stupid things. If he only knew how much it helped me during camp. You can be assured that it will be hanging in my locker room before the fight, and that I will remember all of this in the ring. You can also be assured that he will never be saying these things before a fight again - that is if he can fight again. I will punish him for these stupid comments!”
Miranda now lives and trains in Puerto Rico and is very excited to be fighting in his hometown. “I am very thrilled to put on a show for all my friends in Puerto Rico. They have been very good to me since I chose to live here in 2005, and I will pay them back by making it an exciting fight. However I advise you to put your children to sleep early. Don’t let them watch this fight. With Green’s lack of defense, he is going to get brutally beat up and I don’t want the young children to be traumatized.”
Pantera will be fighting on the under card of Miguel Cotto as he defends his WBA welterweight title against Oktay Urkal. The fight will take place at Coliseo Roberto Clemente and will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing at 9:45 PM ET on March 3rd. Miranda’s promoters, Warriors Boxing and Main Events, would like to thank Top Rank for making this fight possible.
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Many new things to report this morning…
News, Notes, and Rumors:
- Raul Frank has appealed to the New York State Athletic Commission to reinstate his victory over Terrance Cauthen. There will be a public hearing held at the officies of the NYSA tomorrow…
- IBF and IBO Flyweight Champion Vic Darchinyan has stated that he wants the winner of Rafael-Marquez-Israel Vazquez as a setup bout that would eventually get him in line for a shot at Manny Pacquiao.
“I will challenge both Marquez and Vazquez,” Darchinyan said. “I am looking forward. I just don’t want to stay in my weight division. I want to unify the flyweight division, but if the other champions won’t fight me, I want to move up and fight for more world titles. I want to become more popular. I want to become pound for pound No.1.”
- The Plain Dealer Reporter is reporting ironically that HBO would like Kelly Pavik to fight on the same card as Jermain Taylor-Sergio Mora on April 14th.
Pavlik told the paper that Top Rank is trying to set up a fight between himself and Edison Miranda in June instead with the winner getting a shot at Taylor in September…
- A biography on Roberto Duran written by Christian Giudice and titled “Hands of Stone, The Life and Legend of Roberto Duran” will start going on sale on Friday, March 2…
Some Good Reads:
Monday, January 22, 2007
A little bit of news for you as we start a brand new week. For those who haven’t read up on the results of this weekend’s fights, be sure to scroll down and check our latest posts to find out for yourself…
News, Notes, and Rumors:
- Controversial promoter Dan Goossen sent out a press release last week that ripped Bob Arum and Antonio Margarito because Magarito did not give Paul Williams his mandatory title shot, instead choosing for a showdown against Miguel Cotto on June 9th.
Arum said that he is willing to setup the mandatory fight between the two, but the fight cannot happen before June unless Cotto loses when he takes on Oktay Urkal on March 3rd.
Margarito was originally supposed to return to the ring on the undercard of Cotto-Urkal but he is still recovering from a wrist injury that will keep him out of action for a few more weeks.
“(Margarito) can’t fight until (May at the earliest), and why should he fight Williams for no money when he’d have a big-money fight with Cotto there for him in June?” Arum said to Iole. “But if Cotto loses (to Oktay Urkal on March 3), then, sure, (Margarito) wouldn’t blow the title. He’d fight him then.”
Williams can still become the champion however. How? The WBO may decide to strip Margarito of his belt for not meeting Williams in the coming months.
- Former Manny Pacquiao manager Shelley Finkel is apparently warning his former client that the result of the lawsuit between Top Rank and Golden Boy over his contract may not have the result he is hoping for…
- The Las Vegas Review Journal is reporting that Kelly Pavlik and Edison Miranda may take on each other this summer in a matchup that would bring together two of the hardest-hitting middleweights in boxing.
The fight will only go down however if Pavilk sucessfully defeated Jose Luis Zertuche on January 27th as part of an HBO televised card.
Both Top Rank and Warriors Boxing have had several meetings discussing a possible matchup between the two and everything seems to be set in stone if Pavlik wins this weekend.
“I really believe Kelly Pavlik is going to be the next big thing in the middleweight division,” he said. “... He’s exciting. People want to see that,” Arum said.
There is another unusual reason why this fight could also not happen - If Jermain Taylor wants to challenge Miranda this summer according to Miranda’s camp. Why they think Taylor would want him when he still has other top middleweights to rid of in beyond me…
Some Good Reads:
Doghouse Boxing: The Re-Education of the Boxing Fan