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MIRANDA REFUSES TO FIGHT KESSLER IN FLORIDA! ( )


Now we know why the panther is an endangered species. A mere kitten has just chased Edison "La Pantera" Miranda up a tree. The "kitten" is former and future world super middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler.

To put it in boxing language, Leon Margules, head of Seminole Warriors Boxing has just informed HBO executives that he is "not interested" in having Miranda fight former WBA and WBC champion Kessler on June 21 despite the fact that Kessler readily agreed to holding the fight for the soon to be vacated WBA super middleweight title at the Warriors Arena in Hollywood, Florida.

When this fight was trying to be put together for rival network Showtime, Margules sent out press release after press release accusing the Kessler team of being dirty. dishonest and scared of fighting the twice-beaten Miranda. The press releases compared Kessler to a pussycat and accused the man whose only loss in 40 pro bouts was to undefeated legend Joe Calzaghe of wishing to stay in "a cocoon" in his native Denmark. That conveniently ignored the fact that Kessler's first title was in Australia against Tony Mundine and that he willingly went to Wales to fight Calzaghe in front of 50,000 partisan fans.

"We called Miranda's bluff," Kessler matchmaker Mogens Palle said Monday night. "We lobbied for Miranda to move up from the Number 6 contender spot to Number 2 so that we could satisfy HBO with a title bout. We were willing to fight Miranda at the Seminole Warriors' own hotel-casino and arena in a non-title, over the weight 10-rounder or a 12-round WBA title bout.

"All the while Margules was pumping out demeaning and 100 percent false press releases about us and about Kessler being this meek, little kitten afraid to get into the ring with the big, bad Panther. Never in my wildest dreams did I think that Margules would fold like a cheap umbrella in a windstorm. When we agreed to come to his arena with four neutral, WBA officials and even got clearance on that from the Florida commission, I thought this fight was ready to be signed. So did the HBO people."

Margules gave the HBO executives the stunning news of Miranda's pullout about 3 pm, EDT.

"I am satsified that the HBO folks know that I wanted to fight Miranda, title or non title, on their air June 21. I am in training and I hope that HBO can find someone who is willing to fight me on that specific date. I will fight anyone they put in front of me for the right price."

Kessler's agent, Michael Marley, confirmed what Palle said.

"It was Mogens and Bettina (Palle, Kessler's manager) who made all the concessions here. It was the Palles who got Kessler accepted as the official WBA challenger. It was the Palles who lobbied for Miranda as a worthy Number 2 challenger behind only Mikkel in the WBA ratings. WBA President Gilberto Mendoza Jr. and his team did everything they could to make this highly-anticipated fight a reality. So did Lou DiBella. At the end, the bitter end, it was Margules who pulled the plug. I guess that's sadly appropriate since it was Leon who kept reneging on the terms and conditions for the Showtime deal. Now he's burned Showtime in one month and HBO in the next.
I just wonder if Pantera and his co-managers know what's been going on."

Finally, Marley asked what the public and media outcry would be if Miranda agreed to come to Denmark and Kessler bowed out.

"Everyone would be howling and rightfully so," Marley said. "But the shoe is on Miranda's foot and his promoter's foot. Kitten Kessler was ready to come to his house, to blow his house down and give Miranda a sound beating. But Margules just slammed the door in Kessler's face and HBO's face. I hope people keep these facts in mind when you read the next ridiculous press release about how everyone is so afraid of Miranda. Instead of crying over spilt milk regarding Glen Johnson losing a decision to Chad Dawson, Margules could have finalized this bout for Edison on HBO. Imagine the Panther, the fearsome fighter, turning down a world tiitle shot on HBO on his home grounds!"

Mogens Palle, who has kept boxing alive and strong in tiny Denmark for 50 years, will be inducted into the International Boxing Hall Of Fame on June 7 in Canastota, New York.

 

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This true or not? :dunno:
Of course it is i just made those guys look foolish by posting it in the other thread and they are doing nothing except try to dig there way out.

The whole forum saw it and knows.

Miranda went very quiet after it was released. :laugh:
 

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I've heard mixed reviews but I can't see any logical reason why Kessler would duck Miranda. I see plenty of reasons why Miranda would fear Kessler.
 

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When this was happening there were articles saying Kessler was ducking Miranda and articles saying Miranda was ducking Kessler. Neither guy ducked the other.

P.S. Who the hell cares? What is the point of this thread? Miranda has a fight already. So does Kessler.
 

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Where was that article found? Dutchboy Weekly? What a load of **** this is.
Yeah, I'm with you. I remember it being reported by Dan Rafael that the reason the fight wasn't taking place was Kessler's insane demands. The date of the fight was adjusted because Kessler said he needed additional time to train and it was made a 10-round fight, because the Kessler camp wouldn't even discuss a 12-rounder. They didn't want the fight to take place on Native American property or in Florida. All of these demands were met along with others. There were quite a few others about the manner in which he would be paid and where his entourage would sit, but I cannot remember the specifics. I don't know if the networks/matchmaker wouldn't give him what he wanted or if he just had second thoughts after seeing David Banks bobbing up and down on the ropes like a buoy in the ocean. I just don't see Miranda ducking anyone, either because he's a warrior, or because he's crazy. I lost some respect for Kessler for sure since he made us miss out on a potentially awesome fight.
 

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Where was that article found? Dutchboy Weekly? What a load of **** this is.

Ask Shane, he posted it.

It was on all major sites though.
 

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I'm getting tired of the ducking talk. We are talking about professional fighters. The only criteria they use to choose their fights is $$$ (unless they are coming up or fight their mandatories).
Kessler has little to gain if he fights Miranda especially if he can get a fight with Pavlik or Taylor. Miranda is the one who needed that fight the most so I don't see why he would backdown. He will struggle a lot to get a fight with a big name in the future. The one who backed down is probably Kessler. Is it because he's scared of Miranda? Hell no (especially after seeing him get murdered by Pavlik). That was the right business decision to make if he knew he could get a bigger fight. He didn't duck anybody. Why duck Miranda to call Pavlik out? It makes no sense.
Calzaghe is not ducking Pavlik and Mayweather did not duck Margarito. Each of these guys would fight anyone for the right money.
 

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I'm getting tired of the ducking talk. We are talking about professional fighters. The only criteria they use to choose their fights is $$$ (unless they are coming up or fight their mandatories).
Kessler has little to gain if he fights Miranda especially if he can get a fight with Pavlik or Taylor. Miranda is the one who needed that fight the most so I don't see why he would backdown. He will struggle a lot to get a fight with a big name in the future. The one who backed down is probably Kessler. Is it because he's scared of Miranda? Hell no (especially after seeing him get murdered by Pavlik). That was the right business decision to make if he knew he could get a bigger fight. He didn't duck anybody. Why duck Miranda to call Pavlik out? It makes no sense.
Calzaghe is not ducking Pavlik and Mayweather did not duck Margarito. Each of these guys would fight anyone for the right money.
This is why I value your opinion on boxing. I agree that none of these guys ducked anyone.
 

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I'm getting tired of the ducking talk. We are talking about professional fighters. The only criteria they use to choose their fights is $$$ (unless they are coming up or fight their mandatories).
Kessler has little to gain if he fights Miranda especially if he can get a fight with Pavlik or Taylor. Miranda is the one who needed that fight the most so I don't see why he would backdown. He will struggle a lot to get a fight with a big name in the future. The one who backed down is probably Kessler. Is it because he's scared of Miranda? Hell no (especially after seeing him get murdered by Pavlik). That was the right business decision to make if he knew he could get a bigger fight. He didn't duck anybody. Why duck Miranda to call Pavlik out? It makes no sense.
Calzaghe is not ducking Pavlik and Mayweather did not duck Margarito. Each of these guys would fight anyone for the right money.
That's a good post man and I see where you are coming from on a number of your points, but I disagree that each of these guys would fight anybody, even if for the right money. For one, Winky Wright would probably fight anyone in the world, but the fact that the "right money" is so insanely beyond reason, he prices himself out of fight after fight, in effect ducking guys. I realize that's not the same kind of ducking you're mostly talking about, but it's worth mentioning. I don't believe that Mayweather would have fought "any and all of the guys" that he should have back in the day, because back in the day, we wasn't getting $25 million paydays, so he couldn't have expected such, so what would have been holding him back? Especially when there were titles to be had. He somehow never crossed paths with Freitas, Casamayor, Tszyu, Mosley, or Cotto.
 

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Shane posted it for what it was. News. You took it as actual facts. :laugh:

He sure seem'd to agree with it then. :laugh:

It wasn't news either it was an interview. :laugh:
 

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That's a good post man and I see where you are coming from on a number of your points, but I disagree that each of these guys would fight anybody, even if for the right money. For one, Winky Wright would probably fight anyone in the world, but the fact that the "right money" is so insanely beyond reason, he prices himself out of fight after fight, in effect ducking guys. I realize that's not the same kind of ducking you're mostly talking about, but it's worth mentioning. I don't believe that Mayweather would have fought "any and all of the guys" that he should have back in the day, because back in the day, we wasn't getting $25 million paydays, so he couldn't have expected such, so what would have been holding him back? Especially when there were titles to be had. He somehow never crossed paths with Freitas, Casamayor, Tszyu, Mosley, or Cotto.
Nate you have affectively turned this into a Mayweather thread. LOL. I know you were just responding, but the next few guys will go all Mayweather on us.

Stay on topic guys...
 

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That's a good post man and I see where you are coming from on a number of your points, but I disagree that each of these guys would fight anybody, even if for the right money. For one, Winky Wright would probably fight anyone in the world, but the fact that the "right money" is so insanely beyond reason, he prices himself out of fight after fight, in effect ducking guys. I realize that's not the same kind of ducking you're mostly talking about, but it's worth mentioning. I don't believe that Mayweather would have fought "any and all of the guys" that he should have back in the day, because back in the day, we wasn't getting $25 million paydays, so he couldn't have expected such, so what would have been holding him back? Especially when there were titles to be had. He somehow never crossed paths with Freitas, Casamayor, Tszyu, Mosley, or Cotto.
Great post. :thumbsup:
 
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