Miranda vs. Pavlik "The Right To Fight"

New York, April 2—Two number one ranked middleweight boxing contenders will clash for top challenger status in the division when Edison Miranda (IBF top rated contender) and Kelly Pavlik (ranked first in the WBC) collide in “The Right to Fight” on Saturday, May 19th at FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee. The thrilling middleweight contest will be the co-feature on the Jermain Taylor vs. Cory Spinks “Border Battle” middleweight championship card..

The main event and co-feature bring the four top boxing middleweights to Memphis for a thrilling night of boxing. The once-beaten Miranda (28-1, 24 KO’s) scored an impressive unanimous decision over Allan Green on March 3 to emerge as a leading force in the division. The undefeated powerful puncher Pavlik (30-0, 27 KO’s) is coming off a thrilling eighth round knockout victory over Jose Luis Zertuche, knocking the Mexican warrior down three times, to gain top rated status in his HBO debut. Both fighters are bona fide knockout artists with 51 KO’s between them.

Miranda is a native of Columbia now fighting out of Puerto Rico, while Pavlik is a native son of Youngstown, Ohio. The Right to Fight will be presented by DiBella Entertainment, Top Rank, Inc. and Seminole Warriros Boxing.

Undefeated World Middleweight Champion Jermain “Bad Intentions” Taylor will put his titles on the line for the fourth time when 154-lb world champion Cory “The Next Generation” Spinks moves up to middleweight to challenge him on Saturday night, May 19th, at FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee. DiBella Entertainment and Don King Productions will present the boxing extravaganza, which will be Taylor’s second championship defense in Memphis.

The victor in this compelling title encounter pitting Taylor (26-0-1, 17 KO’s), the youthful megastar and favorite son of Arkansas against Spinks (36-3,11 KO’s), fighting out of St. Louis, Missouri, will emerge as a leader in boxing’s best pound for pound rankings. HBO Sports World Championship Boxing will televise.

Tickets are priced at $550, $450, $250, $125, $95, $45, and $25 for students, seniors, and active military and will go on sale on Wednesday, April 4 at 10:00 AM Central time. Tickets are available at the FedExForum Box Office, All Ticketmaster Outlets, or charge by phone at

901-525-1515. For more information, visit

Article posted on 02.04.2007

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