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Edison Miranda Interview with touchgloves.com “Jermain Taylor would get knocked through the ropes”

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Fierce punching rising star Edison “Pantera” Miranda sat down with touchgloves.com for this exclusive interview. Miranda (28-1, 24KOs) discusses his upcoming bout against undefeated knock-out artist Kelly Pavlik (30-0, 27KOs). Miranda’s aggressive style and heart have increased his popularity amongst boxing fans around the world. His recent battles against previously undefeated Allan Green (23-1, 16KOs) and Arthur Abraham (27-0, 17) have proven that Miranda has a bright future. Miranda discusses his dismay with the middleweight division, his thoughts on Bernard Hopkins, Winky Wright and Jermain Taylor.


Edison, thank you for taking the time out to do this interview. On May 19th you take on Kelly Pavlik. You and Kelly are both aggressive fighters with knockout power. Many people believe your matchup is better than the Main Event. What do you expect from Pavlik in the fight? Have you seen any of Pavlik’s past fights?

I’VE SEEN MANY OF PAVLIK’S FIGHTS. I EXPECT THAT PAVLIK WILL COME IN WITH A SOLID PLAN JUST LIKE ALAN GREEN DID. HOWEVER, WHEN HE GETS HIT BY ME THE PLAN WILL GO IN THE GARBAGE. IF HE’S CRAZY ENOUGH TO COME AT ME AND THROW PUNCHES, HE WILL BE KNOCKED OUT FAST, BUT I THINK HE WILL TRY TO BOX AROUND MY POWER. UNFORTUNATELY, IT WILL NOT WORK.

Who do you feel has been your most challenging opponent thus far?

EVERY FIGHTER POSES A CHALLENGE BECAUSE THEY ALL ARE PROFESSIONAL FIGHTERS WITH GOOD RECORDS AND THEY ALL HAVE THEIR STRENGTHS. I CAN’T SINGLE OUT THE MOST CHALLENGING FIGHTER I FOUGHT THUS FAR BECAUSE I FEEL THAT I HAD NO PROBLEMS WITH MOST OF THEM. I CAN SAY THAT ABRAHAM HAS A LOT OF GUTS FOR HANGING IN THERE AND FIGHTING IN THE CONDITION HE WAS IN.

You have only one loss on your record, and many feel you were robbed. Looking past the Pavlik fight, if you had a choice, would you take a rematch with Arthur Abraham or take a fight against Jermain Taylor?
I WOULD LOVE TO FIGHT JERMAIN. FOR ONE, I REALLY FEEL THAT I WON THE ABRAHAM FIGHT – TWO TIMES – ON POINTS AND IN THE 5TH ROUND BY TKO. SECONDLY, I REALLY DON’T WANT TO GO TO GERMANY AND EXPERIENCE ANY MORE CORRUPTION AGAIN. IF I FIGHT JERMAIN HERE IN THE US, I KNOW IT WILL BE FAIR. ON A FAIR PLAYING FIELD I WILL BEAT ABRAHAM OR TAYLOR EASILY. MY WISH IS TO BEAT PAVLIK AND THEN TAYLOR AND AFTER THAT BRING ABRAHAM TO THE US SO I CAN PAY HIM BACK FOR THE ROBBERY.
You’ve made it very clear you believe Taylor is avoiding facing you. Do you think he’s ducking you? If so, why do you think he is ducking you?
HE IS DEFINITELY AVOIDING ME. HE IS PICKING OPPONENTS THAT ARE RECOGNIZABLE BUT NOT HEAVY HITTERS. BY DOING THIS, HE WILL NEVER BE EMBARRASSED IN THE RING, EVEN IF HE SHOULD LOSE. ON THE OTHER HAND IF HE FIGHTS ME, HE KNOWS HE STANDS A GREAT CHANCE OF NOT ONLY LOSING BUT GETTING KNOCKED THROUGH THE ROPES. A TRUE CHAMPION SHOULD TAKE ON THE BEST IN HIS WEIGHT CLASS AND NOT JUST TRY TO STAY SAFE. IF HE’S A MAN, HE DOES WHAT TV WANTS, WHAT EVERY PROMOTER, MANAGER, AND FAN WANTS WHICH IS A PANTERA VS TAYLOR FIGHT.
What would you say to a potential match-up against Bernard Hopkins who has previously endorsed you?
I AM WILLING TO FIGHT ANYONE, UNLIKE JERMAIN TAYLOR. IF IT’S BERNARD HOPKINS, WINKY WRIGHT, IT DOESN’T MATTER TO ME. I’M IN THIS BUSINESS TO TAKE ON THE BEST AND IMPRESS THE FANS. THAT’S WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT. IF THE WORLD WANTS TO SEE ME FIGHT HOPKINS, I WILL. I RESPECT HIM AND ALL HIS ACCOMPLISHMENTS, BUT I DON’T HAVE ANY PROBLEM GOING IN THE RING WITH HIM AND SHOWING HIM WHAT A GREAT FIGHTER EDISON MIRANDA IS.
What are your thoughts about Winky Wright and would you like to fight him?
LIKE I SAID, I WOULD FIGHT ANYONE THAT THEY PUT IN FRONT OF ME. I’M NOT JUST SAYING THAT TO SOUND TOUGH, I MEAN THAT. AS FOR WINKY, I REALLY THINK HE’D BE IN TROUBLE. HIS HARDEST PUNCH WOULD BARELY BOTHER ME. HOWEVER, WHEN HIS ARMS START TAKING A BEATING FROM MY STRONG PUNCHES, I THINK HE WILL COLLAPSE. HE DEFINITELY HAS SKILL, ESPECIALLY AS DEFENSIVE FIGHTER, BUT WHEN PUT IN FRONT OF MY POWER, I THINK HE’D BE MAKING A BIG MISTAKE.
Your record of 28-1, 24KO’s shows that you have tremendous knock-out power. Do you go out there looking for the knockout, or do the knockouts come naturally?
THEY COME NATURALLY. NO BOXER SHOULD LOOK FOR A KNOCKOUT WHEN THE BELL RINGS. HOWEVER, MOST TIMES MY SKILL AND MY POWER USUALLY SET UP A KNOCKOUT. WHEN IS SEE MY OPPONENT THE SLIGHT BIT HURT, I DO GO FOR THE IMMEDIATE KILL, JUST LIKE A PANTHER WOULD. THIS IS WHY THE FANS LIKE TO WATCH ME. THEY KNOW THAT I’M EXCITING AND A KNOCKOUT CAN COME AT ANY MOMENT IN THE FIGHT.
You have an exciting style and you’ve only been boxing for eight years. You have an incredible story, basically raising yourself from the age of 9. You’ve been through many hardships in life and you’ve survived. Is that what makes you so attractive to the avid boxing fan?

I THINK THAT THE FANS LOVE ME BECAUSE I’M A GREAT PERSON WHO IS WILLING TO TAKE ON ANYONE AND I FIGHT TO WIN, NOT TO SURVIVE. THEY KNOW THAT A KNOCKOUT CAN HAPPEN AT ANY MOMENT AND IT KEEPS THE FANS ON THE EDGE OF THEIR SEATS, UNLIKE WHEN YOU WATCH A JERMAIN TAYLOR FIGHT. I ALSO HAVE A PASSION FOR THE SPORT AND I WANT TO ALWAYS DO WHAT’S RIGHT FOR THE FANS BECAUSE AFTER ALL THEY ARE THE ONES PAYING. THEY KNOW THAT I LOVE THE SPORT AND I WILL ALWAYS DO WHATEVER IT TAKES TO KEEP IT ALIVE. IF THAT MEANS FIGHTING THE BEST THEN SO BE IT.

Tell us how/what influenced you to box?
IT ALL STARTED FROM A DREAM THAT I HAD WHEN I WAS A KID LIVING ON THE STREETS. I SAW MYSELF IN A RING BEATING SOMEONE UP, BUT I DIDN’T EVEN KNOW WHAT BOXING WAS AT THE TIME. I LOOKED AT THAT DREAM AS A MESSAGE FROM GOD AND I STARTED TO ASK THE PEOPLE ON THE STREETS HOW I CAN START BOXING. EVERYONE STARTING LAUGHING BECAUSE I WAS SO SKINNY, BUT SOMEONE EVENTUALLY TOLD ME ABOUT THE BEST TRAINER, MR. BELTRAN, AND THAT’S WHEN IT ALL STARTED.
Which boxers did you grow up idolizing?

MUHAMMAD ALI. I HAVE SEEN EVERYONE OF HIS FIGHTS A MILLION TIMES AND I STILL WATCH HIM. I LOVE HIM.

How is training coming along and have you made any adjustments to Pavliks style?
I TRAIN EQUALLY AS HARD FOR EACH AND EVERYONE OF MY FIGHTS, WHETHER I’M FIGHTING A GUY THAT IS 30-0 OR 10-30. THAT’S JUST HOW I AM. MY TRAINING IS GOING GREAT. I FEEL LIKE I’M IN GREAT SHAPE NOW AND MY SKILLS ARE GETTING EVEN BETTER AND BETTER EVERY DAY. I HAVE NOT MADE ANY SPECIFIC ADJUSTMENTS FOR PAVLIK. MY SKILLS AND POWER ARE GOOD ENOUGH TO DOMINATE THIS FIGHT.
Edison, thanks again for taking the time to talk to us. Is there any last thing you want to say to your fans?

I WOULD LIKE TO THANKS EVERYONE FOR THEIR SUPPORT. I PROMISE TO ALWAYS BE THE EXCITING FIGHTER YOU KNOW ME AS TODAY, EVEN WHEN I AM THE CHAMP.

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