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Ringnews24 Exclusive: Edison ‘Pantera’ Miranda interview

Edison Miranda was born on January 7, 1981 in Buenaventura, Colombia. He is a two-time ‘World’ title challenger, who has displayed spectacular power throughout his career.

Professional Record

won 33 (KO 29)

lost 5

drawn 0

KO% 76.32

 

Presents an Interview with Professional boxer Edison Miranda

Hi Edison, on behalf of RingNews24.com and our readers, thank you for taking the time to talk to us. As well as our own, we have included questions provided by fans on the RingNews Forum.

We hope our readers enjoy the interview.

Ringnews24.com: It seems at a very young age you had a very tough life. Did boxing help you put some of the problems aside and has it helped you anyway in the ring?

Edison Miranda: I had nothing and no hope in my life until I discovered boxing. I had a dream and I knew it was my destiny. I began to devote my life to boxing and it became my only love. If not for this sport I would have died on the streets in Colombia.

Ringnews24.com: Who was it that got you into boxing and how hard was it at the age of 14/15 to work as well as train as an amateur?

Edison Miranda: Yes, I was just 15 when I first walked in a boxing ring. I slept on the floor in the gym, it was my home. I trained hard everyday and it came very natural to me. I was so skinny when I first started that people laughed at me. This made me work harder and make me stronger.

Ringnews24.com: You have an impressive amateur record of 128 wins from 132 fights, but what is your proudest amateur moment?

Edison Miranda: When I first became the Colombian National Champion I knew that people were going to learn that Edison Miranda was a force in boxing. That took less than two years from when I first started. People started respecting me and many people knew my name after that.

Ringnews24.com: As an amateur fighter was it always your dream to turn professional?

Edison Miranda: Before I was an amateur it was a dream. God has a purpose for all of us. Mine was to be a professional boxer and entertain my fans.

Ringnews24.com: Looking back as an amateur now turned professional, do you feel there is anything left to accomplish in you life and boxing career?

Edison Miranda: I have still much work to do in boxing and at 175lbs I will be a champion. I have been so weak in the big fights. I was never a 160lbs fighter, it killed me to make that weight. 168lbs was not much easier, I have gotten more muscular over the years. I feel right now that 175lbs is perfect for me and I feel great to have another opportunity to show the world the potential that Edison Miranda has.

Ringnews24.com: Where did the name “Pantera” come from and what does it mean?

Edison Miranda: My managers Greg and Steve came up with the name when I first started fighting in USA. They thought that the way I fight and look in the ring reminds them of a Panther chasing his pray.

Ringnews24.com: You moved from Puerto Rico and enlisting the services of one of the most respected and dedicated trainers in the world today in Goosen, How has the partnership been and what do you different than when you were in Puerto Rico?

Edison Miranda: Joe Goossen is an outstanding trainer. By far one of the best in the world. We worked together for only one year and I learned much from him. I may train again with him again in the future, but for now I am training with someone new.

Ringnews24.com: What did Goosen change about your style? What flaws was he working on with you?

Edison Miranda: Joe worked on my movement and my defense. He is a genius when it comes to a game plan. We had a winning plan to beat Bute, but I made mistakes. You can’t afford to make a mistake against a fighter like Lucian Bute.

Ringnews24.com: Has your trainer or management changed or are you still with Goosen?

Edison Miranda: I am still with the same managers that I have been since leaving Colombia. Greg and Steve have guided me in the right direction and put me in the best fights. I left Joe after my loss to Bute and went to Colombia. It has been over a year since that loss. I have been training and getting back in shape with Noel Carbajal. I have known him for a long time and originally began using him to get back in shape. It turns out that he and I work great together and I have decided to stick with him. He is a great trainer and will soon be a big name in boxing. I am lucky to have found him.

Ringnews24.com: Despite your losses, which came at the hands of world champions, your stock amongst your fans and boxing fans in general has not diminished, Do you have anything you would like to say to your fans?

Edison Miranda: I love my fans. They have been patient and stuck with me through some tough losses. I feel worse for them then I do for myself when I let then down. I promise my fans that the day will come soon and I will make all of you proud. Edison Miranda will be champion of the world.

Ringnews24.com: How did you feel after your lost against Lucian Bute? Seconds before the tremendous uppercut, you were making poses, did you do that because you were afraid or was it a tactic?

Edison Miranda: Like I said I made a mistake. He hurt me. Instead of being patient and using what I learned from Joe in the gym I got stupid. I went back to my instincts and wanted to turn the fight into a brawl. Lucian is a very smart fighter and he saw he had me off my game plan. He waited for me to make this kind of mistake and immediately took advantage of it. He is a great champion. I have learned from my mistakes. This is why I have taken so long away from boxing. I needed to mentally and physically be prepared against the top fighters of the world. I am now ready.

Ringnews24.com: Lets be honest you were robbed against Arthur Abraham the first time, was there any point in the fight when you started to realize this or gave up hope, it doesn’t look like you did by the way you fought but mentally did you ever think I can knock him out and still lose?

Edison Miranda: Yes, I knew that I was fighting more then Abraham very early in this fight. As much as I wanted to knock him out I could not understand why the fight was not stopped. Every time I connected my punches blood was flying all over the ring. I am a fighter but I am also a Son of God. Mentally I had a tough time fighting against a wounded soldier who should have not been put through that kind of punishment. Arthur is a warrior for continuing to fight, but it was his trainer and promoter that forced him back in the ring. He did not want to be there. I fought on too and wanted to officially walk home with the belt, but it was not easy for me to fight a man that was in such bad condition. My whole body was covered with his blood. After the fight my white socks were pure red and I could squeeze the blood from them. The ring looked like a murder scene. I am happy Abraham was able to recover and continue with his career.

Ringnews24.com: When you first fought Arthur Abraham you seemed to severely disfigure him, did you feel you had done enough to deserve the victory that night?

Edison Miranda: There is no doubt I beat Arthur that night in Germany. Nobody can watch that fight and see it differently. I beat him by knockout and I beat him on points.

Ringnews24.com: What is your opinion on the promotional side of boxing, what can Boxing as a whole do to improve its image and standing in current sports?

Edison Miranda: The best fighters need to fight each other. Boxing is still the only sport where tens of millions of dollars can be made in one night. It has a great following. The promoters just need to make the right fights and make it available for the average fight fan to watch.

Ringnews24.com: Do you always stay in shape between fights or do you put on a lot of weight?

Edison Miranda: I love eating and this has effected me in between my fights. I have not stayed in the shape that I should when I take off for too long. I need to stay in the ring and stay active. When I train I eat well.

Ringnews24.com: Who is the toughest opponent you have fought to date?

Edison Miranda: Andre Ward was the my toughest opponent. I was probably in the best shape and most prepared for that fight. I had a great camp with Jose Bonilla, a terrific trainer. Ward was much stronger and athletic then I thought. He moves extremely well and was very hard to hit.

Ringnews24.com: You’ve always been known as a hard hitter but who was the hardest hitter that you faced?

Edison Miranda: Howard Eastman was the strongest fighter I faced. I was able to recover from his punch, but it was the hardest I have ever been hit. Bute hit me clean and with the perfect shot. It did not have to be so hard. It is not the hardest punches that do the most damage, it are the ones you don’t see coming that are placed perfect.

Ringnews24.com: Why did your recent comeback fight with Renan St.Juste not take place?

Edison Miranda: I met with my team and some professionals to evaluate my body. We all decided that it was not in my best career interest to try to make 168lbs. I want to move on as a light heavyweight and not force myself to make weight.

Ringnews24.com: When do you plan to be back in the ring and in what weight Division?

Edison Miranda: I will be fighting on the undercard of my friend Glen Johnson and Carl Froch. It is a tune-up fight at 175lbs. I will look for a good challenge soon after this fight.

Ringnews24.com: Who would you like to fight in the near future?

Edison Miranda: Any top opponents at 175lbs. My short term goal is to take the belt from Tavoris Cloud and then unify the belts with Jean Pascal. He and I need to make a fight!

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