- Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer
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Light heavyweight Edison Miranda is not nearly as dangerous as he was when he was a top middleweight contender or even when he was at super middleweight, but one thing has not changed about the charismatic 31-year-old from Colombia: He can still talk smack as well as anyone, even if he hasn’t backed it up for awhile.
Miranda (35-7, 30 KOs), who has scored some great knockouts, had exciting battles with Kelly Pavlik and Arthur Abraham at middleweight and lost badly to Andre Ward and Lucian Bute at super middleweight, is fighting British light heavyweight Tony Bellew (17-1, 11 KOs) in London on Saturday (televised on Sky Sports in the U.K.) and talking like it was the old days.
“Put your kids to bed early on Saturday,” Miranda said. “I don't want them to be frightened by seeing what I do to Bellew. It is going to be ugly.”
Miranda also questioned why some have referred to Bellew, 29, whose lone defeat in November came by majority decision in a tremendous fight with light heavyweight titlist Nathan Cleverly, as a big puncher.
“We are both known as powerful punchers? Maybe I need to watch more Tony Bellew fights. Who calls him a powerful puncher? His girlfriend,” Miranda said. “The reason the fight will not go the distance is because Edison Miranda is a powerful puncher. I am not putting this decision in the hands of the judges. You can save money and keep the judges at home. There will be two men standing at the end of this fight, Edison Miranda and the ref.”
Miranda trained for the fight in Las Vegas, where he worked with light heavyweight champ Chad Dawson, who is preparing for his Saturday challenge of super middleweight champ Ward.
“I have had an excellent camp. I moved to Las Vegas and trained for the past six weeks with Chad Dawson,” Miranda said. “We worked very well together and had some great sparring sessions. He is a great champion. I am ready for anyone now.”
The fight will be Miranda’s second in England and he has an idea for a third pending a victory against Bellew that he is predicting.
“I really enjoy fighting in the U.K. -- the fans here are great boxing fans,” Miranda said. “Being shown across European TV is great exposure and I have gained many fans all over the world from my fights in Europe. I would love to come back to the U.K. and fight the best fighter England can throw my way. (Super middleweight titlist) Carl Froch would be No. 1 on my radar. He is a great fighter who fights with the same love of the sport as I do. We could put on a great show. If Froch has other plans then Nathan Cleverly (of Wales) would be a good fight so I can take his belt away.”
Bellew hasn’t gotten involved in the trash talk. He’s simply looking to increase his experience against a fighter who has faced many good opponents.
“He’s a world class name and the sort of guy I’ve been looking to fight for some time now,” Bellew said. “When you look at the guys he’s fought and the titles he’s boxed for you know you are sharing the ring with someone who is at the top level and it should be a great fight as he can punch and he comes to fight.”