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A Night Of Boxing

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The last time Edison Miranda fought Arthur Abraham the result was a classic, albeit marred by some poor officiating. That night an undefeated Miranda traveled to Germany to face the similarly undefeated champion of Europe. Miranda broke Abraham's jaw in the fifth round, and the blood flowed from there. However Abraham somehow managed to continue on, ultimately winning a decision thanks to some questionable point deductions on Miranda. Tonight the two finally get back in the ring, and this time they'll fight it out in Florida, friendlier confines for Miranda without question. That fight will headline Showtime's spectacular card, and they're also showing the '06 fight right now (turn it on!). Continue after the jump for a breakdown of the other tremendous matchups on busy Saturday, including HBO's card headlined by my man-crush, Andre Berto.


• In addition to Abraham/Miranda Showtime Boxing is presenting a world class middleweight fight between the undefeated Giovanni Lorenzo and tough Raul Marquez. The coverage begins on Showtime at 9 pm eastern.

Andre Berto, the 24 year-old former Prospect of the Year, is getting an unexpected title shot in his first major headlining appearance on HBO. He and Miki Rodriguez will go at it for one of Floyd Mayweather's vacated belts, and it's sure to entertain.


• The Berto undercard features two of America's top young heavyweights in Chris Arreola and Chazz Witherspoon. Arreola has an excellent knockout ratio, but Witherspoon is a skilled fighter who will offer the biggest test of his career.

• Although they aren't televised in America, there are two more big fights going on in Europe tonight. Britain's best prospect, 21 year-old Amir Khan takes the stage against Michael Gomez while Mikkel Kessler fights for the first time since losing to Joe Calzaghe. The thunder-fisted Kessler would be an ideal candidate to fight Kelly Pavlik later in the year, but he isn't worth the risk that he poses to the middleweight champ. Kessler is back in Denmark to face undefeated Dimitri Sartison.

Even if you aren't a die-hard fan, there are plenty of reasons to watch tonight. Enjoy.

For a more in depth preview of the individual fights be sure to check out Ring Report, and the return of No Mas (tech issues and time have kept it offline, but rest assured, it's back).

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