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Edison Miranda, Andre Ward Quotes

miranda wardMiranda, the two talented fighters participated in a media conference call along with promoter Dan Goossen. In the featured bout, the undefeated and No. 2- ranked Ward will fulfill his dream of staging a pro fight in his hometown when he takes a big step up in class to face Miranda, a Colombian knockout artist who has fought top-notch competition throughout his career, on Saturday, May 16 in Oakland, Calif. The 12-round fight for Wardís North American Boxing Organization (NABO) and North American Boxing Federation (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).

The event will originate from the Oracle Arena in Oakland, and will be promoted by Goossen Tutor Promotions in association with Leonard Productions. The Ward-Miranda bout will be presented in association with Seminole Warriors Boxing. Tickets are on sale NOW, starting at just $25. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. PT. The first non-televised fight is 5 p.m. PT. Fight week (next week) activities in Oakland include an open workout on Tuesday, possibly at the City Center, a final press conference at the City Center and the weigh in at the Plaza at City Center. ALL FIGHT WEEK ACTIVITES ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC..

Ward, a highly touted and talented 25-year-old, is 18-0 (12 KOs) and was the only boxer from the United States to capture a gold medal at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece and remains the last American to win gold. Miranda is 32-3 with 28 knockouts.

DAN GOOSSEN:

ďWeíre looking at this as Andreís coming out party, not only in Oakland, but to the world for 168-pound supremacy.

ďLetís face it; heís taking on a tough nut to make his statement. But thatís what itís all about. No risk, no reward. Thatís the way that Andre has always conquered everything in his life, even leading up to the Gold Medal. I believe heís going to be the preeminent 168-pounder in the world.Ē

EDISON MIRANDA:

ďIíve prepared well for this fight. Iíve trained very hard. I know that Andre is going to be a very tough opponent, but I know I am going to walk away victorious after this fight.íí

ANDRE WARD:

ďI want to thank my hometown and everybody that is involved and working really hard to put this together.

ďIím preparing like I always do, Iím staying focused like I always am. Iím going to win on May 16 for my hometown fans.Ē

Is Ward the best fighter you have faced in your career?

MIRANDA: ďNo, Andre is not the toughest fighter Iíve ever fought. Howard Eastman is.Ē

How will you beat Andre Ward?

MIRANDA: ďIím going to knock him out in the 10th round.Ē

Is Edison Miranda the toughest fighter that youíve faced in your pro career?

WARD: ďAbsolutely, on paper. I put emphasis on paper. We wonít know until I get in the ring on May 16. I think Iím going to be a lot tougher than he thinks Iím going to be. I donít have any predictions, but I can guarantee you this: Iím coming into this fight, even though Iím in my hometown, Iím the underdog in my mind. Iím always like that. Gold Medal aside, everything else aside, Iím coming in as the underdog. Thatís how I prepared, thatís how my focus is. Iím going to shock a lot of people in this fightĒ

Could Miranda derail Wardís momentum?

GOOSSEN: ďLook, youíve got two world class fighters fighting one another, so nothing is ever a foregone conclusion. But, weíve got a lot of confidence in Andre Ward. Edison Miranda is a tough challenge, but I believe itís going to bring out the best in Andre Ward. Saturday night, May 16 is when itís all answered. We can sit here and talk until weíre blue in the face, but it doesnít matter when that bell rings. Weíve got a lot of confidence in Andre. We believe he is going to win and win in an exciting fashion from the standpoint of showing his prominence in this division, but letís get to Saturday, May 16.Ē

With this step up against Miranda, is there is a title shot coming soon?

WARD: ďPeople are going to have opinions about my opponents and how tough they think they are. The bottom line is, weíve take a steady climb up. I donít think weíve regressed anywhere in my career. We havenít been fighting tomato cans. Weíre fighting guys that have had ample time to prepare. Theyíre coming to win. I understand that each and every fight, guys are going to bring their ĎAí game because they want that win on their resume.Ē

ďYeah, this is a step up, but at the same time this is right where we need to be. These are the kind of fights that bring the best out of great, and potentially great, fighters. You have to go through the Edison Mirandas of the division to prove that.Ē

Have you watched his fights?

WARD: If youíve seen one of Mirandaís fights, youíve seen them all. Miranda is going to be Miranda and Iím going to be Andre Ward. At the end of the night, May 16, weíll see what happens.Ē

Are you excited to fight in your hometown?

WARD: ďThis is an event. This is bigger than a fight. This is what my team was talking about when we were trying to figure out when was the right time to fight in Oakland and against what opponent.Ē

ďI think this is absolutely the right time and the right opponent. This is a guy that a lot of people are afraid of based on his tactics that he tries to give outside of the ring and even his style inside the ring. But weíre focused and weíll do it in my backyard. In terms of excitement, weíre very excited, but I canít be distracted and put the carpet before the horse. Weíll take care of business and then weíll enjoy everything else when itís all said and done.Ē

Is fighting in Oakland an advantage?

WARD: ďFighting in your backyard could either be a gift of a curse. Iíve never been one to get caught up in the lights, camera, action and that whole deal. I donít really get caught up in the hoopla before the fight. Iím just a steady kind of person. Iím steady and Iím consistent in terms of the way I approach each fight. Whether Iím fighting in the Olympics or Iím fighting at Tachi Palace, it doesnít matter. I have a job to do.Ē

ďIíve been preparing for nights like this since I was nine years old. I canít let fighting in my hometown detour me in terms of my focus. Trust me, thereís going to be a lot of energy in the building. I think a lot of people in Oakland are excited about this and Iím going to deliver on May 16.Ē

Does Mirandaís tactics bother you?

WARD: ďI donít fear anything in that ring. Miranda is going to be Miranda inside and outside that ring and, Iím going to be Andre Ward. At the end of the night weíll see who is standing and whoís talking the loudest.Ē

ďIn terms of his tactics, Iíve said it before, Miranda is a bully and I donít like when people try to bully people. Heís going to find out that Iím a whole lot tougher and a whole lot nastier inside that ring than heís anticipating. Itís going to be a different type of fight than heís anticipating. Iíve been on that canvas and Iíve gotten back up and come back to win. Whatever he wants to bring, bring it, and Iím going to be ready on May 16.Ē

How has your difficult (situation with your mother) impacted you as a fighter?

MIRANDA: ďNo, it hasnít affected me at all, my past with my mother. What I can say is that anytime that I had a loss in the ring it made me more determined to win my next fight. Thatís exactly what Iím going to do on May 16.Ē

Asked to address his weight issues since he fought at 176 pounds in March and has to fight at 168 pounds against Ward?

MIRANDA: ďIím at 168 right now. I have no problem right now. Iím eating fine and normally, so it wonít be an issue.Ē

Do you have anything to prove in this fight?

WARD: ďTo me, this fight is totally about respect. Itís about respect from the media, respect from the entire 168-pound division and just respect in general. Thereís always something to prove with each fight. The stakes are higher, absolutely.Ē

ďI know a lot of people donít think Iím going to win this fight. I think a lot of people get caught up in the whole Miranda hoopla. They get caught up in his punching power and stuff like that. But, Iím not buying it. I respect him for his strengths in the ring, but weíre coming to win. Weíre coming to do our job each and every fight. This fight is about respect, and this fight is about proving that I not only belong but that I have aspirations to be the best in this division.

What can this fight do for you if it turns out the way you want it to?

WARD: ďThis fight is everything. This is going to be a major leap forward or a major leap backward. Itís going to put the winner in title contention and, I know for myself, itís going to put me in a mandatory spot (for a title challenge). So this is a must win. It goes without saying that we have to win this fight.Ē

Did you see the (Carl) Froch- (Jermain) Taylor fight (April 25 on SHOWTIME)?

WARD: ďI thought it was a good fight. Youíve got to give Froch respect for coming over here and putting his title on the line. Heís 30 years old so he understands that he doesnít have much time and his window of opportunity is pretty short. Iím sure that had a lot to do with him coming over here (from England).Ē


ďI expected a little more from Jermain Taylor. I donít understand whatís going on with his conditioning. It was unfortunate the way he went out. I would have liked to see him hold on and get that belt back. He wasnít able to hold on, but, once again, youíve got to respect Carl Froch for what he did in that fight. His determination pulled it out for him.Ē

When asked if he had any words about Froch possibly being his next opponent:

WARD: ďIím locked in on this fight. Iím eating, sleeping and drinking the guy thatís in front of me. When itís over, we can talk about that. But Iíve really had few to no talks about what lies next for me.Ē

WARDíS closing comments:

ďI canít wait to see what comes out of me May 16. Itís my time and thatís just the bottom line. As far as Oakland is concerned, letís do something positive. Letís buy our tickets, letís come out and letís show that good guys do finish first, not last.Ē

GOOSSEN:

ďThis is the future of our sport and what better people to go out there and represent us than athletes that we can look up to.Ē

Are you in touch with your mother now?

MIRANDA:

ďI do talk to my mother; Iíve always talked to her. The question isnít about my mother or my father, the matter at hand is Andre Ward. I can talk about my mother or my father after the fight, but right now the only thing on my mind is Andre Ward.Ē

Do you respect Andre Ward?

MIRANDA: ďI have respect for Andre outside of the ring as a man. But inside the ring, I donít have respect for him. In fact, I donít have respect for any other fighters inside the ring. If I had to say I respected somebody, it would be Bernard Hopkins. Heís been such an example for me. I really can say that heís the only boxer that I have respect for.

GOOSSEN Closing Comments:

ďAndre gets into town Sunday. Monday, Miranda comes in. Weíre going to have an open workout on Tuesday, I believe, at the City Center. Weíll have the final press conference on Thursday in the City Center and weíll have the weigh in on Friday at the Plaza at City Center. Weíre doing everything open to the public. Weíre going to go out there and put on a great show for Oakland and all of the Bay Area.Ē

Article posted on 07.05.2009



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