|Andre Ward vs Edison Miranda Boxing Preview and Betting Odds
By Brad Marchetti, Doghouse Boxing (May 16, 2009) Photo © Tom Casino /SHOWTIME
The Andre Ward vs. Edison Miranda fight will be by far the biggest test in the young career of 2004 Olympic Gold Medalists Ward’s career. Andre Ward, 18-0, 12 KO’s, has been brought along slowly having boxed only 89 rounds in his 4 1\2 year career in the paid ranks. Miranda, 32-3, 28 KO’s, is a devastating right-hand puncher that has struggled of late having dropped 2 of his last 6 bouts. Both of these fighters are top-15 Super-Middleweight contenders that are hoping a win will catapult them into a big payday. The boxing betting odds for the Andre Ward vs. Edison Miranda bout have Ward as a solid -300 favorite.
Andre Ward has all of the tools that you look for in a top-flight young prospect: long amateur career, fast hands, good reflexes, natural instincts and poise. Ward has not had the experience Miranda has but it can be argued that his boxing I.Q is on a higher level. Ward is a patient, intelligent boxer that can switch-hit from southpaw or orthodox stances with equal effectiveness. Ward is a sharp if not devastating puncher that has some of the fastest hands in the sport. Andre has excellent footwork and his athleticism is of NBA players caliber. Ward can be touched on defense however and has been dropped hard by C-level opponents in several fights. This susceptibility is what makes Miranda a “live” underdog in Ward’s biggest fight to date. The boxing betting odds for the Andre Ward vs. Edison Miranda bout give Ward a 75% chance of beating Miranda.
Edison Miranda has suffered two devastating KO’s over the last couple years at the hands of Kelly Pavlik and most recently Arthur Abraham. Some have the opinion that the 28-year old “Pantera” Miranda is damaged goods and the perfect fodder for Ward to accelerate his career. Miranda was a very accomplished amateur in his own right having had 132 amateur fights with 128 wins. Miranda’s punching power and strength will always make him dangerous and his left jab is a very effective weapon. Miranda is at his best when he is applying pressure and has his opponents on the defensive. The type of fighters that give Miranda problems are the ones that can get him moving in reverse. When Miranda has had to fight on his heels he has seemed lost. While not completely devoid of boxing ability Miranda is not a fluid boxer that can box with precision. Edison is at his best when he can use his jab effectively and hammer home his power punches. Edison has an educated defense with serviceable head movement and some spring in his limbs but he is not a slickster. Edison’s chin has been shaken by the heavier hitters of the sport but has held up nicely against anything less.
This is super prospect Andre Ward's fight to lose but their is still much that we don't know about the California fighter. Ward can blow out ordinary competition but how will he do against a strong B-level fighter like Miranda? Has Ward been protected by his faction because they are unsure of his abilities or was it just smart matchmaking? Can Ward outbox the brawler that has overpowered so many other slick boxers? The boxing betting odds OVER\UNDER for the Andre Ward vs. Edison Miranda bout is at 9.5 ROUNDS with the OVER at -115.
Andre Ward vs Edison Miranda Tale-Of-The-Tape
From: Oakland, California U.S.A
Style: Switch-Hitting Mover\Boxer
From: Miami, Florida via Colombia
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