After what is being called ‘a perfect training camp’, Edison Pantera Miranda will be traveling to Canada on Monday to challenge Lucian Bute for the IBF Super Middleweight championship of the world. The fight will take place on April 17th in Montreal, and HBO will be televising the action live. “My training for this fight was as smooth as any fight I’ve ever trained for. I’ve sparred more rounds and worked harder than any previous fight. I am also more focused than ever before. I have put myself in the best possible position to leave Montreal with the belt – both physically and mentally.”
Miranda and his team will be arriving late Monday evening and the schedule for the week calls for a public training session on Tuesday, the press conference on Wednesday, and the weigh in on Friday. An enormous crowd of 15,000 is expected to attend the fight at the Bell Centre.
Miranda claims the fans, which will mostly be for hometown hero Lucian Bute, will not affect him at all. “I would encourage anyone who does not have a ticket yet to buy one now. The more fans the better. And the more people that will witness one of the most action packed fights they will ever see. I’ve fought all around the world in hostile environments, and it doesn’t bother me. In fact, it energizes me. I will feed off the energy in that arena and use it to motivate me further.“
“Bute needs to realize that once he gets in that ring, it’s only him and me. The fans will not be in there to help him. Miranda went on to say that the world will witness a new champion being crowned on April 17th. “I said it before, and I’ll say it again, I’m going there to win, and win impressively. That’s exactly what I will do. Bute should take some nice photos of himself with the belt because in a week, he will no longer have it. I will steal the crown from Bute in front of his very own fans – that’s a promise!”