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Q&A: Dionioso Miranda

By Rick Scharmberg

Hard-hitting Dionisio “Mister Nocaut” Miranda (20-5-2, 18 KOs), of Miami, Florida via Barranquilla, Colombia will face Canadian Renan St. Juste (20-1-1, 13 KOs) in a ten round bout this Saturday night at the Bell Centre in Montreal. At stake will be St. Juste’s NABA and WBC Continental Americas middleweight titles. The bout will be the co-feature to the Lucian Bute – Edison Miranda main event.

Dioniso Miranda previously held the NABA belt by defeating St. Juste’s countryman, Sebastien Demers, by split decision in 2008. He gave up the title when he faced Giovanni Lorenzo in an IBF title eliminator.

In his previous bout last January 8, Miranda staggered and dropped Roman “Made in Hell” Karmazin in another IBF title eliminator, but subsequently succumbed to Karmazin in the tenth round of the scheduled twelve round bout.

What do you know about the strengths and weaknesses of Renan St. Juste?

His strength is to show up to the fight and get up to the ring apron. His weakness will be not being able to get up from my punches.

How is your preparation going for this fight?

My preparation is excellent. I will do ten or twelve rounds, whatever is necessary, but I would like to finish him off in five rounds. I don’t want to waste any time. I want to watch the Bute match, because he will be next for me.

What gym did you train at, and who did you spar with?

I have been training at the Atlantic City PAL, the Pleasantville (NJ) Recreation Center, and the Island Gym, morning, noon, and night. I have sparred with Fulgencio Zuniga and Shamone Alvarez.

Describe your fight with Roman Karmazin.

Karmazin is a very tough guy. He kept on taking my punches and continued to fight back. I respect him for that. He will now fight Sebastian Sylvester for the title and he deserves that shot. I hope I can have a rematch with him in the future, or fight the winner.

You are fighting for the NABA title once again. What does that belt mean to you?

I am fighting for the NABA belt. I beat Demers to win that belt, but that belt belongs to me because I never lost it in the ring.

How do you see this fight going?

This time I am going to Montreal to defeat Renan St. Juste and get my belt back, plus the WBC Americas belt as well. I am very excited about this.

Where does a win over St. Juste put you in the title picture?

St. Juste is a world-ranked contender and by beating him, I should be ranked in the top-ten of every organization. I would be ready for a world title fight with Kelly Pavlik, Sebastian Sylvester, or Lucian Bute if he wins against my countryman Edison.

Would you like to add a comment for your fans?

My fight will be the co-main event on HBO International, so I encourage my fans to tune in all over the world to see a spectacular KO of Renan St. Juste within the first five rounds. Don’t miss Mister Nocaut, Dionisio Miranda!

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