By Rick Scharmberg
Dionisio “Mr. Nocaut” Miranda (19-3-2, 17 KOs) is another in a long line of free-swinging, hard-punching fighters from Barranquilla, Colombia. Miranda is ranked #9 in both the IBF and the WBO, and joins fellow world-ranked Colombians, lightweight Breidis Prescott and super middleweight Fulgencio Zuniga, in the spotlight. Miranda will face IBF #5-ranked Giovanni Lorenzo (26-1, 18 KOs), of the Dominican Republic this Friday night at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. The bout is an IBF middleweight title eliminator, with the winner getting the top ranking and an eventual shot at world champion Arthur Abraham. The Miranda – Lorenzo bout will be part of a SHOBOX doubleheader, which also features a cruiserweight title bout between champion Tomasz Adamek and Jonathan Banks.
On June 11, 2008, Miranda emerged from Colombia’s knockout factory a relative unknown to face unbeaten Peter Quillin in New York. Miranda lost a decision that night, but he did rock Quillin in round seven, and finished strong. Taking advantage of the opportunity, Miranda accepted the challenge when Sebastien Demers needed an opponent at the last minute. Fighting at Demers’ home base in Canada, Miranda took a split decision on the ESPN-televised show. The bout with Lorenzo will be his first bout since the Demers fight.
Dionisio Miranda is finishing up his preparation for Giovanni Lorenzo in Atlantic City, NJ. He took the time to answer a few questions through his interpreter, Alfredo Marchio.
When did you get your start in boxing, and did you have an amateur career?
I started boxing at age 14 in Barranquilla, Colombia. I had 54 amateur fights before I turned pro. My record was 48 wins and 8 losses.
Please comment on your fight with Peter Quillin.
The fight against Peter Quillin was my first ten-round fight where I went the distance. I was coming off a layoff of over a year.
How were you able to improve your performance against Demers?
I was better prepared, having gone the ten rounds with Quillin, so I had more confidence in the ring. I also feel that Quillin was stronger, and a better overall boxer than Demers.
Have you seen tape of Giovanni Lorenzo?
I have seen a tape of the fight between Lorenzo and [Raul] Marquez.
What do you think of him as a fighter?
Lorenzo is a good boxer, but again, like Demers, I don’t feel that Lorenzo possesses the power or boxing skills that I possess.
How is the training going for this fight?
I did most of my training in Colombia, sparring with local fighters like Fulgencio Zuniga. I am finishing my training in the Atlantic City area.
What is your take on this fight?
I am looking forward to fighting Lorenzo on Friday night, and I plan on giving Lorenzo his second loss, and the first stoppage of his career.
What are your goals for 2009?
As far as 2009 is concerned, I want to first win this fight against Lorenzo and then move on to a world title as the mandatory challenger to Arthur Abraham.