No stranger to traveling to his opponent’s backyards, Edison Miranda had no problem with taking a fight with Andre Ward on May 16th that will be held at the Oracle Arena in Ward’s hometown of Oakland, California. In fact, “Pantera” welcomed the opportunity. “Knocking Ward out in front of his hometown fans will leave no questions from anyone,” said Miranda. “He can’t blame the water, can’t blame the judges, can’t blame the fans, because everything will be in his favor on May 16th. But the only thing he can’t control are my fists, and if he thinks fighting at home is a dream come true, I’m going to turn that dream into a nightmare soon after the bell rings.”
One of the most anticipated bouts of 2009, Miranda, a longtime middleweight and super middleweight contender, will be the stiffest test ever for Ward, an unbeaten 2004 Olympic Gold medalist. And despite Ward’s home advantage, Puerto Rican’s Miranda has traveled to Germany to face middleweight champion Arthur Abraham, and most recently went to London to take on Joey Vegas. So leaving home to fight is no problem for him.
“Going to fight in Oakland is no big deal. I have fought all over the world, in 7 different countries” said Miranda. “I hear people saying Andre Ward is too skillful for me to handle. Skillful against who? I give him all the credit in the world for taking home the gold. But he has been acting like he is still in the amateurs with these cherry picked opponents he has been fighting. Andre, I am no amateur. When you step in that ring I am going to initiate you into the big leagues. You gotta walk before you run, and with me you will find out you ran to quick. I’m a real fighter and I’m going to show him that on May 16th.”
The 12-rounder for Ward’s North American Boxing Organization (NABO) and North American Boxing Federation (NABF) Super Middleweight titles will be the featured bout on a Special Edition of ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast).
The May 16 event will originate from the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., and will be promoted by Goossen Tutor Promotions in association with Antonio Leonard Productions. Tickets go on sale this Saturday, April 18. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. PT. The first non-televised fight is at 5 p.m. PT.
Tickets priced at $125, $75, $50 and $25 at the ORACLE Arena Box office: Mon-Fri 10-5:30pm, Saturday 10-2:00pm, Sunday Closed or On-Line through Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 or through Ticketmaster Outlets at the following outlet partners: select Macy’s stores and select Ritmo Latino stores. All information can be obtained at www.ticketmaster.com.
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