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Goossen: Miranda in great shape

By Dave Spencer / FIghtnews Canada

Big Joe Miranda

Edison Miranda makes his fourth appearance on HBO this weekend and if his team is to be believed, the hard slugging Colombian’s lethal right hand will be only one element of what we’ll see in the ring against undefeated IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute on Saturday night at the Bell Centre in Montreal. “He was a one trick pony when I got him,” said famed trainer Joe Goossen who has been working with the fighter since his loss to Arthur Abraham 11 months ago. “He stood straight, threw the big right, kept the same distance, everything was pretty one dimensional. He was fairly rudimentary and all he had was that forceful right hand.”

It remains to be seen what progress Mirnada has made in the nine months he has worked with Goossen, having only had a two minute test drive against Francisco Sierra last October where Miranda (33-4) scored the 29th knockout of his career.

Goossen admits that they are jumping in with both feet in accepting the fight with Bute. “If I had my druthers on who I would fight, I’d probably pick Pee Wee Hermann. We had a chance to face (WBO champ Robert) Stieglitz but Edison had a reoccurring flu that just kept coming back and kept him down for over three weeks, we really had no choice but to pull out. I view this as a tougher challenge though. We’ve watched lots of film of Lucian and we did one thing, we trained to win.”

Goossen says what he got in Miranda was first and foremost an athlete. “We started testing him in L.A. and he took to everything like a cat to milk. He took on everything I could throw at him. I can say that he is one of the great athletes we’ve ever seen in our gym. We were stunned at his athleticism. He was able to execute with precision everything we had hoped for. He’s been sparring 15 to 18 rounds with three different sparring partners and working harder than he ever has before.”

The California trainer also stated that while he has tapered down the intensity in the last several days as the fight approaches, what are now routine light workouts used to be maximum capacity for the fighter and that conditioning will not be a problem in the fight.

When asked about the judges, Goossen said, “We want to win our rounds definitively and leave no doubt. I want it to be clear who won each round, but this doesn’t have the feel of a fight that should go the distance.”

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