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Ward-Miranda heats up!

By Karl Freitag

Undefeated and No. 2 ranked 2004 Olympic Gold medalist Andre Ward and dangerous KO artist Edison Miranda spoke to the media today in advance of their highly anticipated showdown on Saturday, May 16, in Oakland, Calif. The 12-rounder for Ward’s NABO and NABF super middleweight titles will be the featured bout on a special Saturday primetime edition of ShoBox: The New Generation, live on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). Ward stated that he considers himself to be the underdog and promised to shock a lot of people. “Miranda’s a bully,” said Ward. I don’t like it when people try to bully people and I won’t be bullied. He’s going to find out that I’m a whole lot tougher and I’m a whole lot nastier in that ring than he’s anticipating. I don’t fear anything in that ring…..whatever he want’s to bring, bring it and let’s see what happens!” Miranda commented that Ward is not the toughest opponent he has faced (naming Howard Eastman as his toughest foe) and promised a tenth round KO. “Did you see Jermain Taylor’s fight?” asked Miranda in reference to Taylor’s recent KO loss to Carl Froch. “Jermain Taylor and Andre Ward are fruit from the same tree. That’s why I’ll win. Because they have the same heart, which is really not any heart.”

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