Preview: Abraham-Miranda II

Michael ManiscalcoContributor IJune 21, 2008

In the fight of the week, IBF Middleweight Champion King Arthur Abraham is stepping in the ring with  Edison Miranda in a rematch from a very controversial fight in 2006, in which four points were deducted from illegal tatics performed by Edison Miranda. If Miranda plans on beating the undefeated Abraham he needs to keep himself away from fouls.

Edison Miranda has been 4-1 in his last five fights with his one loss being to Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik via a TKO in the 7th round which doesn’t come off impressive while going up against the 3rd best middleweight in the world.  However in his last two fights he managed to put down both of his opponents David Banks and Henry Porras in under six rounds, but keep in mind neither of them are on the skill level of an Abraham or a Pavlik.

On the other side of the ring, Arthur Abraham hasn’t lost in his whole career and he doesn’t plan on starting now. He managed to finish four of his last five fights by knockout, the only one not finished by knockout was the infamous unanimous decision victory over Miranda. Keep in mind that the fight is taking place in the Seminole Hard Rock Casino and Resort in Hollywood, Florida, a place that Edison Miranda has never been defeated in.

If Miranda wants to pull this off he will have to throw some bombs at hope that they connect on the chin of Abraham to cause him to fall to the mat. In my opinion, I think this fight will probably make its way to the scorecards with Abraham walking away with it after giving Miranda a beating worst then the first time. Abraham is putting his title aside to take this fight at a catch weight of 166 pounds.

Miranda said this fight was personal and on Saturday he has a chance to prove to the world just how personal it is. Losing is not an option for Miranda because it could very well be the end of his title hopes. It should be a slugfest and could possibly be a Fight of the Year candidate.