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George to face Miranda on Friday night
Donovan George will face Dionisio Miranda on Friday night after original opponent, super middleweight contender Adonis Stevenson, suffered a hand injury and was forced to pull out of the ESPN2-televised bout.
Super middleweight fringe contender Donovan George will face Colombian-born Dionisio Miranda on Friday night at Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Okla., George's promoter, Leon Margules, told RingTV.com on Monday.
In victory over Miranda (21-7-2, 18 knockouts), George (22-2-1, 19 KOs) would then hope to challenge Adonis "Superman" Stevenson (18-1, 15 KOs) in an October, IBF eliminator matchup, said Margules.
Stevenson, of Montreal, was supposed to face George in the Friday Night Fights main event before suffering a hand injury while sparring over the weekend.
"It's going to be a pretty good fight against a dangerous opponent who has 18 knockouts in 21 wins," said Margules, adding that Friday night's junior co-feature middleweight co-feautre between Carlos Molina (19-5-2, 6 KOs) and southpaw Damian Frias (19-4-1, 10 KOs) will likely become the main event.
George-Stevenson had originally been slated to take place on Aug. 11 in Montreal on the undercard of a main event featuring Canada's former WBC light heavyweight titleholder Jean Pascal (26-2-1, 16 knockouts) and IBF beltholder Tavoris Cloud (24-0, 19 KOs), the latter of which was postponed potentially until sometime in October when Pascal suffered an injured right hand in sparring.
Stevenson is coming off a second-round stoppage of Noe Gonzalez in April on ESPN2, as well as a sure-fire knockout of the year candidate over Jesus Gonzales in February. George, meanwhile, came up short in a hard-fought loss to Edwin Rodriguez on HBO in March.
IBF President Daryl Peoples is on vacation until Tuesday, and IBF Championships Chairman, Lindsay Tucker, told RingTV.com that he would have to discuss George-Stevenson with Peoples before approving it as an eliminator at a later date.
"I would want to talk to Daryl before we made a decision on that, and he will be be back tomorrow," said Tucker. "This is something that has not come up before, and something that we haven't had to deal with, so I would want to make sure that we're on the same page."
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