Ward makes major leap forward in fighting Miranda

Updated: May 15, 2009, 9:00 AM ET
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com

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Time to shine: All eyes will be on hometown hero Andre Ward on Saturday.

Ward finally steps up By Dan Rafael


Five years after Andre Ward won the lone boxing gold medal for the United States at the 2004 Athens Olympics -- the only American boxing gold since 1996 -- he is finally fighting a recognizable opponent.

Ward meets dangerous puncher Edison Miranda of Colombia in a scheduled 12-round ...

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