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11th January 2021
By: Max Taylor
“Not even two weeks into 2008 and you have the leading candidate for knockout of the year”.
Those were the words uttered by the lips of Joe Tessitore moments after the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel witnessed the tremendous power of Edison Miranda.
Before he attempted to do what he could not the first time and win in a rematch against rival Arthur Abraham, top contender Miranda faced off against David Banks. The winner? Miranda by knockout of the year.
The Colombian’s level in the super middleweight world landscape was disputed after he conceded his second career loss a year prior in a title eliminator at the hands of Kelly Pavlik. This aligned him with the former ‘Contender’ participant Banks, who was back to winning ways against fellow ex-reality show contestant Donny McCrary.
Although the matchmakers must have thought at the time that there was little difference in ability between the pair, there was a physical advantage and contrast in experience that favoured Miranda. He was able to successfully use these tools early on, commanding the fight from the centre of the ring with his jab that kept the underdog at bay.
Many would have expected this knockout to have been two rounds too late as Miranda boasted 17 first round knockouts on his record, a statistic that Mike Tyson would respect. But Banks ensured he wasn’t another number to this bragging right and circled away from the lethal right hand of ‘Pantera’ in the early stages of the fight.
That was up until the third round where Miranda looked to increase the pace from the starting bell, throwing combinations on the inside. One of these close-quarter flurries saw the American fall from being off-balance which was rightly labelled as a slip instead of a knockdown by the referee.
Under a minute passed where the former title challenger pressed in on Banks with more intent than before and it seemed like he was eyeing up one of his signature power shots, but nobody expected what was to follow.
Circling to his opponent’s left in an attempt to avoid the right hand, Banks found himself in punching range on the ropes. That is when the Ohio-born made the fatal mistake of opting to shoot the left hook. As soon as it left his defensive guard, the killer-instinct of Miranda was triggered as an exposed chin revealed itself in front of the KO King.
Automatically, Miranda launched the right hand which landed perfectly on the button of his adversary. For a split second, the opportunity for a knockout was there and people with 86% KO to win ratios do not pass up on these kinds of chances.
Banks was debilitated by this shot, taken off of his feet, his upper body spilled between the ropes and outside of the ring to be greeted by the shock of ringside spectators. He was able to coordinate himself to get back in the ring but understandably failed to make the ten count.
Despite the 50 more weeks of boxing that followed, it was on this night where Miranda literally, single-handedly won the knockout of the year award.
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