Fight Night features Edison Miranda and Joel Casamayor

Jun 21, 2011 3:00 AM

One day we’ll get perfect conditions for "poolside pugilism," but we’ll happily accept the Chelsea Ballroom on Friday, July 29, for Fight Night at the Cosmopolitan 3.

The card, hopefully not pre-empted this time on ESPN2, features two tried and tested fighters in Edison Miranda and Joel Casamayor in separate co-main events.

The power punching Miranda (34-5, 29 KOs) of Colombia will face former Cuban Olympian Yordanis Despaigne (8-1, 4 KOs) in a 10-round light heavyweight showdown.

Prior to that bout, the former three-time world champion Casamayor (38-5-1, 22 KOs) meets Jorge Luis Teron (25-2-1, 17 KOs) from Bronx, N.Y.

Miranda, 30, is a fan favorite the world over for his brilliant mix of punching power and showmanship. It’s just his second fight in the light heavyweight division after having challenged for world titles in the middleweight and super middleweight divisions.

This is a big opportunity for the 31-year-old Despaigne, whose distinguished 300-fight amateur record (wins over several future world champions, including Andre Dirrell, Jean Pascal and Károly Balzsay, overshadow having just nine pro bouts.

Tickets went on sale last Friday and are priced at $250 for VIP tables, $150 for ringside seats, $100 for floor seats, $50 for grandstand seating and $20 for general admission tickets. They are available for purchase by calling 877-551-7778 or at

"This is another sensational show at the most dazzling location in all of Vegas," said promoter Leon Margules of Warriors Boxing. "Both of the main televised fights are certain to be all-out conflicts between men who have never given an inch of ground up easily. It’s an honor to be bringing this show to such a world-class resort as The Cosmopolitan."

Now that temperatures are hitting the 100-degree mark, the excessive heat forces the bouts inside the plush Chelsea Ballroom. Believe me, we’re not complaining.

Manny-Floyd eliminator?

That’s how many experts view the upcoming fight between Floyd Mayweather and Victor Ortiz followed by Manny Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez in November.

Not that either Floyd or Manny need wins to bring about the long-awaited matchup the sport so badly needs, but these guys have to do something to stay ring sharp.

The unbeaten Mayweather and WBC welterweight champion Ortiz will hit the road to officially announce their Mexican Independence Day welterweight mega-fight taking place Sept. 17. The tour will begin Tuesday, June 28, in New York City and continue the next night in Los Angeles.

Pacquiao, current No. 1 pound for pound fighter and unquestioned top drawing card in boxing, faces longtime rival Marquez for a third time on Nov. 12, at the MGM Grand.

Both Floyd and Manny are overwhelming favorites, but both Ortiz and Marquez will come to fight.

If only Sugar Shane did.


With the usual lull after the NBA and NHL playoffs as we await the return of college football and the NFL (fingers crossed) in early September, GT offers The Baseball Page.

It’s more of a visual – featuring betting tidbits we think will help beat the house. The Baseball Page starts this issue and will run weekly until the Aug. 30 edition.

My birthday, of course, takes precedence.