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Written by CHRISTOPHER MATTOX   
Friday, 02 November 2007
Sample ImageHard-hitting Edison Miranda defeated Henry Porras of Costa Rica Tuesday in the main event of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s Halloween Mayhem fight card.

Miranda (29-2, 25 KOs) dispatched journeyman Porras with a fifth-round TKO. Tuesday’s victory was the first for Miranda after his technical-knockout loss in May to current middleweight champion Kelly Pavlick.

Miranda started the night’s penultimate fight slowly, but soon found both his range and rhythm. Porras was a game opponent in the first two rounds, but as Miranda became more comfortable, he found openings in Porras’ defense.

The referee stepped in to stop the fight after Miranda cornered Porras and peppered him with hard right hands to the head.

Miranda had been fighting at middleweight (160 pounds), but decided to move up to super middleweight (168 pounds), his more natural fighting weight, after his loss to Pavlick. Miranda weighed in at 169 pounds for Tuesday’s exhibition of the fistic arts.

“This is the new and improved Edison. I will take on anyone to get back into the title picture,” Miranda said.
The Miranda-Porras fight capped a night of underwhelming under card fights.  Cuban Olympic gold medalist Yan Barthelemey (3-0) defeated Kevin Hudgins in a unanimous decision, and the quick-fisted Yuriorkis Gamboa (7-0, 6 KOs) out-pointed Brazilian Adailton De Jesus in a one-sided bout.  Both fighters are recent Cuban defectors. Tuesday’s fights were their firsts in the United States.

“I was anxious tonight,” said Barthelemey after his first fight in more than four months. Both Cuban fighters received raucous support from a nearly sold out Hard Rock Live Arena.

“We have been waiting on this opportunity for a long time, and we were glad to have the crowd support us like this,” Gamboa said.

James McGirt Jr. (17-0, 9 KOs), son of famous trainer and former two-time world champion Buddy McGirt, defeated Canadian Jason Naugler (17-7-1, 11 KOs) in an eight- round unanimous decision.

As usual, the ringside seats in the Arena were filled with local celebrities and South Florida’s boxing royalty.
Former light heavyweight champion Glen Johnson was in attendance along with former champs Vernon Forrest and Ricardo Mayorga.

Legendary trainer Angelo Dundee was also on hand, signing, autographs and mingling with fight fans.

The Hard Rock will host its next fight card on Dec 5.

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Photo by Sayre Berman. The scheduled ten-round match-up between super middleweight contenders Edison Miranda, left, of Colombia and Henry Porras of Costa Rica ended with only seconds remaining in the fifth round.  Early in the match-up, Porras was able to land credible punches, but as the bout wore on, referee Frank Santore Jr. had no choice but to stop the fight when it appeared that Porras could not adequately defend himself.  Miranda was awarded the TKO.
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