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Sunday, May 17, 2009

SHOWTIME 5/16/09

WARD DOMINATES MIRANDA, EARNS 12 ROUND UNANIMOUS DECISION


Round 1: Ward starts throwing his jab. Ward is the aggressor, jabs Miranda to the body. Miranda jabs Ward, Ward's back touches the ropes as Miranda lands a right hand to the head. Accidental headbutt occurs. Ward is bleeding a lot over his left eye, but the cut is small. Ward throws a leaping left hook and ties up Miranda. Both men exchange jabs. Ward throws good combination to the body. Miranda throws a right. They tie up. Ward jabs to the body. Ward lands a jab and right hand. Ward throwing a lot of jabs. Miranda throws a body shot. Ward backs into corner. Ward switches to southpaw stance for first time in the fight. Ward throwing a right jab. Miranda throws right, but misses. Ward continually fires and lands straight lefts to Miranda's head.

Round 2: Miranda comes forward with a jab. Ward counters with a left hook. Ward changes to a southpaw stance and lands a straight left to Miranda's body. Ward double jabs with his right hand and lands a straight left to Miranda's head. Miranda lands right to the head. Ward ties up. Ward goes back into a conventional stance and lands a couple jabs. They tie up. Ward lands a good right over the top. Miranda comes forward with a jab. Ward jabs and ties up. Jab to the body by Ward. Right lands on the head of Miranda. Jab to the body by Ward again. Ward lands another right. Ward is back in the conventional stance. Miranda throws a leaping left hook, Ward blocks it. Both men fire jabs. Miranda lands two good rights to Ward's head. Ward counters with left hook. Ward fires a combination and lands left hook. Miranda lands right, Ward backs into ropes. Ward jabs to body. Ward lands left hook to Miranda's chest. Straight left lands by Ward.

Round 3: Ward starts to throw jab from a conventional stance. Miranda fires own jab. Ward fires left hook jabs and keeps circling. Miranda tries to push him back with a jab. Miranda lands left hook. Ward fires a combination and lands a left hook to Miranda's body. They tie up. Ward jabs. Miranda throws right, but misses. Ward lands left hook to the body. Ward jabs to the body and they tie up. Ward lands a vicious right to the body. Miranda chases and throws right, but misses. Left hook misses by Ward. They tie up. Right hand to the body lands by Miranda. Ward's back touches ropes. Ward fires straight right. Ward lands a good right to the body and left hook to the head.

Round 4: Ward jabs to the body. Miranda presses forward and lands a right hand to Ward's head. Ward ties up. Ward backs into the corner and Miranda lands a right. Ward lands a strong right to the body. Ward fires a left hook to the head. Ward throws a straight, lead right. Ward doubles his jab. Ward jabs to the body. Ward lands a left to the body and switches to a southpaw stance. A straight left and right hook lands to the head of Miranda.

Round 5: Ward fires a straight left from the south paw stance. Miranda comes forward and throws a right. Miranda is trying to time Ward and land his big right hand. Miranda lands a straight right. Ward lands a left uppercut. Ward lands two straight lefts. Straight left to the body and right hook to the head land by Ward. Miranda presses forward and Ward throws his right jab to keep him at bay. Miranda lands a right cross. Ward hits Miranda in the stomach with a straight left. Miranda's back is to the ropes. Ward fires a flurry of straight rights and lefts to his head as the bell sounds to end the round.

Round 6: Miranda comes forward with the jab. Ward jabs from the conventional stance. Miranda lands an overhand right. As Miranda is against the ropes, Ward lands a left hook to the body and head. Miranda lands a right body shot. Ward counters with a left to the body. Ward is pushing and forcing Miranda into the ropes. Ward initiates some inside fighting. Ward fires and lands two jabs. Miranda hits Ward with an overhand right. Ward counters with a lead left hook. Miranda hits Ward with another clean, right hand to the face. Ward bangs away as he is in close quarters with Miranda against the ropes.

Round 7: Miranda hits Ward with an overhand right. Ward throws a flurry to the head and body. Miranda lands another overhand right. Left hook to the head lands by Ward. Another left hook lands to Miranda's chest. They battle in the corner. Ward jabs. Miranda is throwing his jab more this round. Left hook to the head lands by Ward. Ward is boxing well.

Round 8: Miranda throws and lands a lead left hook to the head of Ward. Ward jabs. Ward starts to smother Miranda's punches by getting close to him. Ward tries to prevent Miranda from landing his big right hand by keeping the fight in close quarters. Ward lands an overhand right. Ward fires and lands a left hook to the head and body. Ward hits Miranda with a right uppercut and then continues to push him toward the ropes. Ward is smothering Miranda and forcing him to fight on the inside. Ward hit him with left hooks to the body followed by a left uppercut. Miranda is throwing short punches trying to hit Ward inside.

Round 9: Chasing Ward, Miranda lands another overhand right. A left hook lead lands by Ward. Ward fires a combination to Miranda's head. Miranda hits Ward with a right uppercut driving him into the ropes. Miranda nails Ward with another right and Ward ties up. Ward stuns Miranda with left hooks.

Round 10: Ward is boxing well. He is landing left hooks and throwing his jab. Ward lands a flush left hook to Miranda's face. Ward continues throwing his left hook. Ward hits Miranda in close and is pushing him back. A powerful lead left hook hits Miranda's head. Ward switches to a southpaw stance. A straight left hits Miranda's forehead and another lands flush to the right side of his face. Ward slipped, but got up.

Round 11: Boxing in the southpaw stance, Ward is just consistently nailing Miranda with straight lefts to the head. Ward is constantly beating him to the punch.

Round 12: Ward switches back to conventional stance. Miranda lands a right to Ward's face. Ward boxes and is using the jab. Ward throws a combination and hits Miranda with a left uppercut. Miranda lands a right uppercut to Ward's body. Ward ties up and throws a shot in close range.

Overall Summary: In front of his hometown fans in Oakland, California on Saturday night, Andre Ward showed that he is now among the top fighters in the super middleweight division. This was a real step up in class for the 2004 U.S.A Olympic Gold Medalist. He outboxed Edison Miranda from both the conventional and southpaw stance. Ward found his range well and he repeatedly beat Miranda to the punch. He pummeled Miranda with left hooks from the conventional stance and straight lefts when he was in the southpaw stance. Surprisingly, Ward brought the fight inside at times and was beating Miranda to the punch there too. By getting closer to Miranda, Ward limited the effect of being on the end of one of Miranda's big right hands that has done a lot of damage in the past to other opponents.

Miranda fought better during the fight when he pressed forward and threw the jab more. He was trying to get set to throw his right hand, but Ward's boxing ability bothered him most of the night. When Miranda did not throw his jab and was just trying to time Ward for an overhand right, Ward was successful with his combination punching.

Ward improves to 19-0, 12 KO's, while Miranda drops to 32-4, 28 KO's.

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