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Edison Miranda Targets Nathan Cleverly for 2/25 in Wales

One of boxing's hardest punchers and most exciting warriors, Edison "Pantera" Miranda (35-6, 30 KOs), fresh off a sensational TKO win over WBO #7 light heavyweight Kariz Kariuki on Saturday night at Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, is already back in the gym looking and forward to his next bout.

"I felt really good in there. Probably the best I have felt in years," said the energized Miranda. "I trained hard and was in great shape. Kariz hit me a few times, but I was able to walk right through them. I knew I could hurt him with the left and as soon as I saw the opportunity I took advantage of it."

Miranda dropped Kariuki in round five with a devastating counter hook. Kariuki was able to get up, but never recovered. Shortly after, the fight was stopped by referee Allan Huggins.

With the victory, the Colombian slugger is sure to move up in the WBO rankings. The current WBO Champion, Nathan Cleverly, is currently without an opponent for his Feb 25 homecoming fight in Wales.

"Sure, I would love to fight him in his backyard. I have never turned down a challenge. I have a huge fan base in England and all over Europe. I'm back in the gym and it would be no problem for me to get ready for a title fight in February. It would give me great pleasure to fight in front of all those great fans and give them a night they will never forget."

Ever the showman, Miranda also added: "Cleverly will feel stupid when I'm done with him."

Until word of his next fight, the 31-year-old Miranda will stay in the gym and continue working hard. "I am ready for anyone."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Pantera2000 on 01-09-2012

Cleverly should be embarrassed by his choice of opponent. The guy lost to Rayco Saunders. WTF!?!?!

Comment by Pantera2000 on 12-22-2011

Seems like a good fight for the fans. Opinions are all over the place as to how this could end up. The mere fact that Miranda has a big name and fanbase in England should be enough for Cleverly to…

Comment by Tobi.G on 12-22-2011

I have yet to see Mirandas last fight, i only saw the last round. Cleverly vs. Miranda would be interesting. Miranda by KO or Clevery by points. In England Miranda has to win by KO anyway. Cleverly is not verry…

Comment by PEBBLES! on 12-22-2011

[QUOTE=BostonGuy;11590352]He looked good IMO. He boxed well, his punches looked crisp and fluid, his defense was alright and his power looks tremendous.[/QUOTE] Agree, he looked pretty nice, and certainly nice enough that he could pose a significant threat to a…

Comment by BattleAxePurist on 12-22-2011

Miranda looked decent he still seems to get stunned whenever he catches clean shots but he's much too dangerous for Clev doubt his ppl have interest in this match-up. Yusaf Mack,Chris Henry or Diaconau any of those guys wouldn't be…

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