Ringside by David Robinett
Photos by Armando Roldan
2004 U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist Andre “S.O.G.” Ward put on a clinic against hard-punching Columbian slugger Edison “Pantera” Miranda over twelve rounds in the main event Saturday night on a special edition of ShoBox: The Next Generation, televised from the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.
Ward, (19-0, 12 KOs), defending his NABO/NABF super middleweight title, used a diversity of styles to neutralize the power of Miranda, (32-4, 28 KOs), relying at times on his speed and movement to stay out of range but also mixing it up with Miranda on the inside, smothering the supposedly stronger man and landing short, accurate punches to the head and body. Ward, a natural southpaw who fights right-handed, also switched up his stance throughout the fight, further befuddling a surprisingly overmatched Miranda . . . Click here for full report and gallery