Edison Miranda

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Edison Miranda
Miranda in 2009
Nickname(s) Pantera ("Panther")
Rated at Middleweight
Super middleweight
Light heavyweight
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Reach 77 12 in (197 cm)
Nationality Colombian
Puerto Rican
Born (1981-01-07) January 7, 1981 (age 36)
Buenaventura, Colombia
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 46
Wins 36
Wins by KO 31
Losses 10

Edison Miranda (born January 7, 1981) is a Colombian-Puerto Rican professional boxer. He has challenged twice for a middleweight and super middleweight world title, and was once considered to be one of the most dangerous contenders at middleweight due to his knockout percentage.

Early life[edit]

Miranda was born in 1981 in Buenaventura, Colombia and was abandoned by his mother when he was one month old.[1] At age nine, Miranda escaped from his caretakers to live in the harsh street life of Colombia. Miranda went on a search to find his mother and at a construction site, he ended up confronting his mother's brother. The uncle he never knew told him that if Miranda was really the little boy his sister gave away, then he should have a birthmark on his leg. Miranda unveiled the 2-inch long circular proof. The man led him to his mother's new home, only to be abandoned again by his mother. By the time he was 12, he was working in the plantain fields. The next year, he had a full-time construction job. By the time he was 14, he was working as a cattle butcher. At age 15, Miranda took up boxing, training for a half-year before starting his amateur career.[2] Miranda won 128 out of 132 fights, winning four Colombian national titles. Miranda won a bronze medal in the 2000 Olympic Trials in Argentina, but failed to qualify for the 2000 Colombian Olympic team.[3]

Professional career[edit]


132 fights later, Miranda became a professional boxer, but his journey was only halfway over. March 2002 saw Miranda's arrival in the Dominican Republic. Having been promised a shot at going to the United States to fight the top middleweight fighters in the world, Miranda continued with what he's best at – fighting – both in and out of the ring. Struggling to make ends meet, left homeless and hungry by an unfair contract, Miranda left the Dominican Republic and returned to Barranquilla on December 24, 2004. With the support of friends, he fulfilled his dream of making it as a boxer in the United States when he signed with Warrior’s Boxing Promotions and then had his first American fight in Hollywood, Florida on May 20, 2005. In that fight, Miranda defeated Sam Reese by unanimous decision.[3]

IBF title eliminator[edit]

Miranda fought Howard Eastman on March 24, 2006, at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida. Miranda got off to a slow start but showed his tremendous power when consecutive right hands hurt Eastman in the fifth round. The experienced Eastman survived the round and came back strong by hurting Miranda in the next round. Miranda kept throwing his right hand, and in the seventh, he had Eastman hurt badly with a clean right cross to the jaw, followed by a left uppercut and then a vicious right uppercut that nailed Eastman under the chin. The referee stopped the fight, making Miranda the first man to stop Eastman. The victory made Miranda the mandatory challenger for IBF Middleweight Champion Arthur Abraham.[4]

IBF title fight[edit]

Miranda fought Abraham on September 23, 2006 in Wetzlar, Germany. The fight was not without controversy. After three competitive rounds, Miranda broke Abraham's jaw with a right hand in round four. In round five, Miranda head-butted Abraham on the right side of his face. Abraham was seen turning away hurt with his mouth agape. Referee Randy Neumann stopped the fight and during the five-minute break, the doctor recommended to stop the fight to what he saw as a broken jaw from a legal punch. The referee decided to continue the fight and deducted two points from Miranda. Abraham fought the reminder of the fight with a visibly broken jaw that was grossly swollen at the end of the fight. In the seventh round, Miranda was docked two more points for low blows. Then in the eleventh round, Miranda landed another low blow and the referee took another point from him. Miranda lost the fight by unanimous decision. He would have lost even without the deduction of any points (although by MD only).[5]

Fights with Gibbs & Green[edit]

Edison Miranda vs. Allan Green
Edison Miranda vs. Allan Green

On December 16, 2006, Miranda fought Willie Gibbs in Miami, Florida. Miranda landed a strong right hand that badly hurt Gibbs, causing him to stagger back into the ropes. Miranda then unloaded a volley of punches, concluding with a right hand followed by a left hook that connected flush on Gibbs' chin, sending him down and out in the first round.[6]

On March 3, 2007, Miranda won a unanimous decision over Allan Green at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Green knocked down Miranda with a left hook that landed on Miranda's chin in round eight. Despite that, Miranda dominated most of the fight and knocked Green down twice in the final round. The fight was fought at a catchweight of 162 lbs, foreshadowing Miranda's problems at making weight.[7]

WBC title eliminator[edit]

On May 19, 2007, after losing nearly every round, Miranda was brutally stopped in the seventh round by Kelly Pavlik at the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tennessee. After getting knocked down the first time in round six, Miranda spit out his mouthpiece, leading to a one-point deduction. It did not help him survive, since he was knocked down again in round six and once more in round seven. Referee Steve Smoger halted the fight with Miranda still down.[8] The fight was a WBC title eliminator with the winner getting a shot at Middleweight champion Jermain Taylor. Pavlik went on to beat Taylor.

Super middleweight[edit]

After the loss to Pavlik, Miranda moved up to Super Middleweight and fought Henry Porras on October 30, 2007, at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida. Miranda started out slowly, but soon found both his range and rhythm. Porras was a game opponent in the first two rounds, but as Miranda became more comfortable, he found openings in Porras’ defense. Miranda unloaded a powerful barrage of punches on a defenseless Porras to force the referee to step in and stop the fight in the fifth round.[9]

On January 11, 2008, Miranda viciously knocked out David Banks in the third round at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida. The fight began with two feeling out rounds that saw Miranda use a consistent left jab to set up rights over the top and underneath of Banks' guard. In round three, Miranda landed a big right hand that caused Banks to collapse backwards and fall awkwardly halfway through the ropes.[10] The knockout was named "Knockout of the Year" by ESPN.com's Dan Rafael,[11] and also was accoladed as Ring Magazine Knockout of the Year for 2008.

Rematch with Abraham[edit]

On June 21, 2008, at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida, Miranda lost to Arthur Abraham by fourth round technical knockout. The fight took place at a catch weight of 166 pounds (75 kg), so Abraham's IBF Middleweight title was not on the line. Abraham spent much of the first and second rounds with his gloves high to his head and his back against the ring ropes, while Miranda threw power punches. Abraham blocked many of Miranda’s punches, but a low blow drew a warning to Miranda and a brief rest period for Abraham. Abraham began to open up in the third round, landing right and left hands to Miranda’s head. About 30 seconds into the fourth round, Abraham landed a clean left hook to the temple that knocked Miranda down. He got to his feet, but was caught by a sweeping left hook that knocked Miranda down again. Abraham ended the fight seconds later with a third left hand to the head that sent Miranda down again, bringing an automatic stoppage via the three-knockdown rule.[12]

Fight with Lucian Bute[edit]

On April 17, 2010, Edison Miranda fought Lucian Bute in Montreal, Quebec, at Bell Centre in front of nearly 15000 fans. Miranda lost the first two rounds and he was knocked out during the third round with a solid right uppercut to the jaw. Miranda got back on his feet but the referee decided to stop the fight seconds after.

Professional boxing record[edit]

36 Wins (31 knockouts), 10 Losses, 0 Draws[13]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Win 36-10 Colombia Daniel Noguera KO 1 (6) 07/09/2014 Colombia Patio Casa Los Caracoles, Tolú, Sucre
Loss 35-10 Cuba Yunier Dorticos UD 10 10/07/2014 United States American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida Lost WBC Latino Cruiserweight title.
Loss 35-9 Colombia Eleider Álvarez UD 10 28/09/2013 Canada Bell Centre, Montréal, Quebec
Loss 35-8 United Kingdom Tony Bellew TKO 9 (12) 08/09/2012 United Kingdom Alexandra Palace, London, England
Loss 35–7 Malawi Isaac Chilemba UD 10 03/02/2012 United States Texas Station Casino, North Las Vegas, Nevada Miranda cut over left eye in 3rd round from accidental head butt.
Win 35–6 Australia Kariz Kariuki TKO 5 (8) 17/12/2011 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Loss 34–6 Cuba Yordanis Despaigne DQ 5 (10) 29/07/2011 United States Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Paradise, Nevada Yet another low blow prompted the disqualification in the 5th round.
Win 34–5 United States Rayco Saunders UD 8 04/06/2011 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Loss 33–5 Romania Lucian Bute TKO 3 (12) 17/04/2010 Canada Bell Centre, Montréal, Quebec For IBF super middleweight title.
Win 33–4 Mexico Francisco Sierra KO 1 (12) 22/10/2009 United States Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino, Lemoore, California Won interim WBO NABO super middleweight title.
Loss 32–4 United States Andre Ward UD 12 16/05/2009 United States Oracle Arena, Oakland, California For NABF title & WBO NABO super middleweight title.
Ward cut over the left eye by an accidental head butt in round 1.
Win 32–3 Uganda Joey Vegas TKO 5 (10) 20/03/2009 United Kingdom York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, England Vegas down twice in round 3.
Win 31–3 United States Manuel Esparza KO 3 (8) 14/01/2009 United States Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Hollywood, Florida
Loss 30–3 Germany Arthur Abraham TKO 4 (12) 24/06/2008 United States Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Hollywood, Florida In round 4 Miranda was twice knocked down prior to the TKO.
Win 30–2 United States David Banks KO 3 (10) 11/01/2008 United States Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Hollywood, Florida
Win 29–2 Costa Rica Henry Porras TKO 5 (10) 30/10/2007 United States Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Hollywood, Florida Miranda makes his debut at super middleweight.
Loss 28–2 United States Kelly Pavlik TKO 7 (12) 19/05/2007 United States FedEx Forum, Memphis, Tennessee WBC middleweight title eliminator. Miranda was down twice in the 6th round.
Win 28–1 United States Allan Green UD 10 03/03/2007 Puerto Rico Roberto Clemente Coliseum, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Win 27–1 United States Willie Gibbs KO 1 (10) 16/12/2006 United States Miccosukee Indian Gaming Resort, Miami, Florida
Loss 26–1 Germany Arthur Abraham UD 12 23/09/2006 Germany Rittal Arena, Wetzlar, Hessen For IBF middleweight title. Abraham suffered a broken jaw in the 4th round.
Win 26–0 Guyana Howard Eastman TKO 7 (12) 24/03/2006 United States Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Hollywood, Florida IBF middleweight title eliminator.
Win 25–0 United States Sherwin Davis KO 3 (12) 21/10/2005 United States Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Hollywood, Florida Retained IBF Latino title, WBO Latino title & WBO NABO middleweight title.
Win 24–0 Dominican Republic Hilario Guzman UD 6 26/08/2005 United States Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Hollywood, Florida
Win 23–0 Nicaragua Jose Varela UD 12 16/06/2005 United States Seminole Casino, Coconut Creek, Florida Won WBO NABO title, vacant IBF Latino title & vacant WBO Latino middleweight title.
Win 22–0 United States Sam Reese UD 10 20/05/2005 United States Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Hollywood, Florida
Win 21–0 Colombia Saul Torres KO 1 (10) 26/02/2005 Colombia Estadio Romelio Martinez, Barranquilla, Colombia
Win 20–0 Dominican Republic Jonalis Reyes KO 1 (?) 11/12/2004 Dominican Republic San Pedro, Dominican Republic
Win 19–0 Panama Darmel Castillo TKO 5 (10) 29/08/2003 Panama Magnum Eventos, Panama City, Panama
Win 18–0 Dominican Republic Feliberto Alvarez KO 3 (8) 28/07/2003 Dominican Republic Club San Carlos, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Win 17–0 Dominican Republic Hector Rodriguez KO 1 (?) 25/07/2003 Dominican Republic Polideportivo, Moca, Dominican Republic
Win 16–0 Dominican Republic Meregildo De Los Santos KO 1 (?) 20/07/2003 Dominican Republic Cotui, Dominican Republic
Win 15–0 Dominican Republic Manuel De la Rosa KO 2 (10) 14/06/2003 Dominican Republic La Romana, Dominican Republic
Win 14–0 Dominican Republic Jose Luis Robles KO 1 (?) 15/04/2003 Dominican Republic Club Los Cachorros, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Win 13–0 Dominican Republic Danilo Serrano KO 1 (?) 10/04/2003 Dominican Republic Club Los Cachorros, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Win 12–0 Dominican Republic Roberto Jimenez KO 1 (?) 01/04/2003 Dominican Republic Club Los Cachorros, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Win 11–0 Dominican Republic Joselito del Rosario KO 1 (10) 21/03/2003 Dominican Republic Coliseo Carlos 'Teo' Cruz, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Win 10–0 Dominican Republic Rafael de la Cruz KO 2 (?) 15/06/2002 Dominican Republic San Cristobal, Dominican Republic
Win 9–0 Dominican Republic Joselito del Rosario KO 1 (?) 12/06/2002 Dominican Republic Club Los Cachorros, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Win 8–0 Dominican Republic Nelson Gil KO 1 (?) 05/06/2002 Dominican Republic Estadio Olimpico, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Win 7–0 Colombia Jose Chiquillo KO 1 (?) 14/12/2001 Colombia Cartagena, Colombia
Win 6–0 Panama Alfonso Mosquera TKO 1 (8) 05/10/2001 Panama Gimnasio Roberto Duran, Panama City, Panama
Win 5–0 Colombia Fidel Sarmiento KO 2 (?) 24/08/2001 Colombia Barranquilla, Colombia
Win 4–0 Colombia Saul Torres KO 1 (?) 18/05/2001 Colombia Barranquilla, Colombia
Win 3–0 Colombia Vidal Diaz TKO 1 (4) 27/04/2001 Colombia Polideportivo San Felipe, Barranquilla, Colombia
Win 2–0 Colombia Luis Blandon KO 1 (6) 30/03/2001 Colombia Barranquilla, Colombia
Win 1–0 Colombia Jose Chiquillo TKO 1 (?) 16/03/2001 Colombia Barranquilla, Colombia


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