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Undefeated super middleweight Andre Ward (18-0, 12 KOs) and hard-hitting contender Edison “Pantera” Miranda (32-3, 28 KOs) participated in a press conference on Tuesday in Oakland, Calif. Miranda was not in attendance, but took part and answered questions from the media via speaker phone. They meet in what should be a highly charged bout on May 16 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, Ward’s hometown. The twelve-rounder will be the featured bout on a special Saturday Primetime Edition of ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME. “The fight will only go up to the 10th round and that’s because that is when I am going to knock Andre Ward out,” vowed Miranda. “Andre Ward has never been in the ring with a fighter like me – he hasn’t fought anyone talented. If there is one thing that you notice about Andre’s fights, he’s always running. Andre doesn’t have the heart of a champion. He is holding onto his one achievement, The Olympic Gold Medal, but that is all he will ever achieve. I feel sorry for Dan Goossen to have invested so much money in such an untalented fighter.”
He continued, “I have over 30 fights. If you compare the challenges that I have taken on throughout my career they are far more than what Ward has faced. I’m fighting in Andre Ward’s backyard. During the first two to three rounds, you will hear the crowd cheering for him, but as I dominate him and show the fans how a real boxer performs, I guarantee you…you’re going to hear them chanting my name at the end of the night.”
Ward, who will be taking a step up in class when he defends his NABO and NABF 168-pound belts while fighting for the first time as a pro in his hometown, responded “I am excited to fight in my backyard. It’s going to be a competitive fight and that is what I will be ready for on May 16. I keep my composure because I don’t need to disrespect my family, who is at this press conference, or the boxing fans. Miranda can say anything that he wants right now and I am not going to react, but you can bet that I will retaliate in the ring on May 16.”
Promoter Dan Goossen added, “Edison Miranda is a tough opponent that, with a victory, will catapult Andre to the top. Andre may be respectful and quiet at this press conference, but don’t let that fool you. He’s a mean son of a %#*@ when he’s in that ring. Miranda will find that out on May 16.”
Tickets for the event promoted by Goossen Tutor Promotions and Antonio Leonard Promotions go on sale Friday, April 17. Priced at $125, $75, $50 and $25, they can be purchased at the Oracle Box Office (Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-5:30 pm, 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. All information can be obtained at www.ticketmaster.com.