Colombian-Style Danger Lurks for Ward on Saturday
By Ted Sares - Tell everybody this fights not going more than 10 rounds. --Miranda
Article posted on 14.05.2009
Everybody, Miranda included, may be surprised how much I am going to be front of him. I think everybody thinks I am going to box and move. But I am not going to fight passively. --Ward
I'm fired up, don't take the humility or the meekness for weakness!.. Ward
…I’ve fought a lot tougher fighters, all with different styles… --Miranda
When Andre “S.O.G.” Ward meets Edison “Pantera” Miranda (32 -3) on Saturday, May 16, 2009, look for a possible preview of the Urango-Berto fight with another “Beauty and the Beast Scenario” on tap.
In typical Colombian bomber style, Pantera (the beast) started his career with five KOs in a total of six rounds and all in or around Barranquilla.. He then continued his knockout ways in the Dominican Republic and Panama before relocating to the States and finding the comfortable environs of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino to his liking where he has gone 8-1. With a Colombianesque KO percentage of 80, he brings electricity into to every fight and can win by KO at anytime if he connects flush with his awesome straight right.
Andre Ward didn’t lose very many fights as an amateur ( in fact, from 1998 to 2004 he didn't lose a single one) and won Gold at the 2004 Olympics. In short, he has a great background that oozes with technical skills. He uses a variety of tools to win his fights, particularly nice straight shots, a sharp left hook and slashing jabs combined with outstanding foot movement. He also has great hand speed and can switch off from Southpaw in a manner that confuses his opponents..
While ward has not fought nearly the same high level of opposition as Miranda (Abraham, Pavlik, Green, Eastman, Gibbs, Mosquera, etc), he has never fought anyone with a losing record coming in. However, he has been hurt on more than one occasion and even decked. If Pantera hurts him, he will close the action forthwith. But that’s a big “if” as I look for Ward to hit and move most of the evening which could provide for a boring affair. However, if “S.O.G.” can wobble Miranda during an exchange (and Pantera‘s chin is not made of granite), he is capable of dialing in fast and closing the show.
While “S.O.G.” had fought twelve times in California, this will be his first duke in his hometown of Oakland and I don’t necessarily see that as an advantage. In fact, some of the pre-fight quotes suggest an almost subconscious uneasiness on the part of Ward. Miranda, on the other hand, thrives on trash talk and brims with confidence even if it is sometimes not warranted as in his second fight with Arthur Abraham in which he was blown away early.
But Ward is not Abraham, and he certainly is not a Pavlik. Indeed, some might even argue he is not a now surging Allan “Ghost Dog” Green (28-1). Thus, taking on this monster puncher is an extremely risky move for the Olympian Gold medalist, but if he wins, he moves to the core of the mix and may well be in line for a title shot.
I am not making a prediction on this one. However, if it does not go more than “more than 10 rounds,” look for the winner to be Pantera.
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