Edison Miranda's Xmas beatings for Gibbs/Taylor/DiBella
Uncrowned middleweight king Edison â€œPanteraâ€? Miranda (27-1, 24 KOs) isnâ€™t the strong, silent type. Heâ€™s definitely strongâ€”his sensational first round KO over Willie Gibbs on HBOâ€™s BAD clarified thatâ€”but judging from the statements he has made since that stunning win, silence isnâ€™t his strong suit.
The most recent trouble started when Willie Gibbsâ€™ crew went to the press after the loss to Miranda to say that it wasnâ€™t Mirandaâ€™s power that won the fight, it was a knee injury Gibbs suffered.
â€œIâ€™m disappointed by the reaction of Gibbsâ€™ team to their defeat,â€? Miranda said. â€œI was told Philadelphia fighters always come to fight and that win or lose, they have no excusesâ€”well, this obviously isnâ€™t the case. The only things that knocked Gibbs out were my fists, and I donâ€™t remember hitting him on the knee. But he can look on the bright side, because if the fight would have continued, I would have sent â€˜The Gladiatorâ€™ out on his shield.â€?
â€œI know Jermain Taylor and Arthur Abraham fear me and that Iâ€™ll have to shame them into fighting me,â€? continued Miranda. â€œThatâ€™s okay though, because the people know who the real fighters are and which ones are simply pretenders with title belts. In 2007, Iâ€™ll expose all of them.â€?
A few days later Miranda released another APB, this one addressed to Taylorâ€™s promoter, Lou DiBella, allegedly making disparaging statements regarding Edison Miranda.
â€œI think Lou DiBella should stick to acting,â€? said Miranda, referring to DiBellaâ€™s portrayal of a boxing promoter named Lou DiBella in the new Sly Stallone film â€œRocky Balboa,â€? â€œbecause he plays a promoter in the make-believe world better than he does in real life.
â€œThe fans and media want to see this fight between Taylor and myself, and HBO definitely wants to see it, but Lou doesnâ€™t want to put the jewel of his company anywhere near me because he knows heâ€™ll get knocked out. I wonâ€™t be outweighed by 20 pounds on fight night and wonâ€™t need a walker to make it to the press conference like the other old men Taylor has fought, so he wants no part of me.â€?
Miranda addressed DiBellaâ€™s claim that he was a one-dimensional fighter.
â€œYou call me one-dimensional, but no one has ever forced me to go to a Plan B in the ring,â€? said Miranda. â€œI knock people out and only someone who can deal with my power will force me to show the other parts of my game. That hasnâ€™t happened yet. And letâ€™s not talk one-dimensional when I can describe every Jermain Taylor fight the same way: Jab, right cross, clinch. Jab, right cross, clinch. Jab, right cross, clinch. And you wonder why he is afraid to fight me.â€?
Miranda went on picking apart DiBellaâ€™s critique: â€œYou say that â€˜I stink,â€™ â€˜I have no clue how to box,â€™, â€˜no resume,â€™, and you think â€˜Jermain would slaughter me.â€™ In the next breath you tell the world I should fight Pavlik, â€˜if he is man enough to take the fight.â€™ You make absolutely no sense.
â€œBoth you and Jermain say you want â€˜real fightsâ€™ and are â€˜not looking for a stooge.â€™ If thatâ€™s the case, I challenge you to find another guy at 160 with a better resume than mine. Donâ€™t you even dare mention Sergio Mora or Felix Sturm! If you got such a great team with Jermain and Emanuel, why canâ€™t you beat a guy like me who is â€˜one-dimensional and can only punch?â€™â€?
Chances are DiBellaâ€™s listening to his own music and Mirandaâ€™s bleating barely affects the reception, but by beating contenders and challenging the champs Miranda at least gets to have his voice heard.
â€œLetâ€™s make this fight Lou,â€? pleaded Miranda. â€œItâ€™s the right thing for the fans and the right thing for a sport that needs the best in the world fighting each other. If Iâ€™m so easy to beat, let Taylor prove it!â€? Read more at the BLOG
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