Edison Miranda returns with KO Win
By Armando Alvarez, MaxBoxing.com (Jan 15, 2009) Special to DoghouseBoxing  
HOLLYWOOD, FL - The last time we saw Edison Miranda in the ring was on June 21st of 2008. It was a night Miranda has since tried to forget. It was a rematch against IBF middleweight champion of Germany. Miranda predicted a knockout against the man who had defeated him two years earlier, but instead it was Miranda who tasted defeat losing by fourth round TKO in a super middleweight non-title fight.

On Wednesday night Miranda returned to the ring for the first time in almost seven months and back on the win column as he scored a third round knockout of journeyman Manuel Esparza at the same venue where he lost to Abraham, the Hard Rock Seminole Casino in Hollywood, Florida.

Miranda (31-3, 27 KOs) first dropped Esparza (20-9-1, 5 KOs) in the second round with a right hand and then finished him off in the following stanza with a jab that seemed to break Esparza's nose. The fighter from Oklahoma City went down to one knee for the 10 count at 0:52 of the round.

"I'm glad to return to my home with a win," Miranda said. "When I lost to Abraham I couldn't make weight, but I feel good now and ready to climb back to the top."

It was only Esparza's second fight in the last eight years.

Junior middleweight Sechew Powell was also on the comeback trail fighting his second bout since getting stopped on national TV by Deandre Latimore last June.

Powell was also a victor Wednesday night stopping Christian Lloyd Joseph of the Virgin Islands at 2:30 of the third round to win the IBA 154 pound title.

Powell (25-2, 15 KOs) hurt Joseph (12-8-3, 4 KOs) in round one but couldn't put him away. He finally achieved the feat I the third forcing Frank Gentile to stop the action after landing a barrage of unanswered punches.

Jonathan Gonzalez, a member of the 2008 Puerto Rican Olympic Team in Beijing, scored an impressive third round knockout over another fellow debutee Alex Artola of Nicaragua.

Gonzalez, whose style resembles that of boxing legend and compatriot, Felix "Tito" Trinidad, hurt Artole in round one and almost put him away. Then in the third Gonzalez hurt his opponent with a left hook to the head and finished him off with a left hook to the body. Referee Jorge Ortiz stopped the bout at 0:48 of the round.

"I had a great amateur career, but feel my style has always been better suited for the pro game," said the 19 year-old Gonzalez. "I like to emulate fighters like Trinidad and would like the same career as he, Miguel Cotto and Juan Manuel Lopez."

Miami's Antwone Smith (14-1, 8 KOs) won a controversial unanimous decision over Accra, Ghana's Ben Ankrah (11-10, 3 KOs).

Debuting Cuban fighter Stalinn Lopez easily beat Jean-Petit Homme with a four round unanimous decision in a junior welterweight bout.

Jonathan Cepeda (3-0, 2 KOs), of West Palm Beach, remained undefeated with a four round unanimous decision win over Marvin Shay Blair.

South Florida light heavyweight Yathomas Riley (5-0, 3 KOs) dropped pro-debuting Evgeny Starodubstev en route to a four round unanimous decision win.

Jose Nieves (17-1-2, 8 KOs) defeated Antonio Diaz (9-10, 6 KOs) with a six round unanimous decision in a bantamweight bout.

Super middleweight William Deets (2-8, 1 KOs) outpointed.

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