Some are expecting it to be a spectacular homecoming for 2004 US Olympic Gold Medalist Andre Ward when he fights for the first time as a pro in Oakland on May 16th at the Oracle Arena. But the man he will step into the ring against that night, Colombian knockout artist Edison Miranda, has his own opinion regarding that topic. “I may have to save up some money for property tax because on May 16th, the Oracle Arena is gonna be my house after I knock Andre Ward out,” said Miranda, just days before leaving his training camp in San Juan, Puerto Rico for the Bay Area. “The world knows that he’s never faced a puncher like me, and when you add in his glass jaw, the second I land, it’s over.”
Miranda (32-3, 28 KOs), a long-time contender in the middleweight and super middleweight divisions, has won four of his last five fights, all by knockout, with none of his opponents making it past the fifth round. He promises to add Ward to his victims list in the main event of a special Saturday primetime edition of ShoBox: The New Generation, live on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast).
“I’ve packed my running shoes for Oakland so I can catch up to Ward after he starts sprinting around the ring on May 16th, and when I do catch up to him, he’s going to regret ever signing for this fight,” said Miranda. “But at least when I knock him out, he can get back to his house quickly and sleep in his own bed that night.”
Tickets, priced at $125, $75, $50 and $25, are on sale at the Oracle Box Office (Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; it is closed Sunday) or online through Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 or through Ticketmaster Outlets at the following outlet partners: select Macy’s stores and select Ritmo Latino stores.
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