Originally posted on The Queensbury Rules  |  Last updated 8/17/12
The ongoing carousel that became Don George's next fight has finally slowed enough for the super middleweight to jump off.

In a scattered series of events, George has had his bout delayed six days, moved from one network to another, promoted to main event, lost his opponent then demoted to co-feature.

"As my dad would put it," George told TQBR on Thursday, "This is the fight from hell. We can't keep a date."


(Don George, left, in action)
Still, the 27-year-old will push forward as he faces Dionisio Miranda on ESPN2's Friday Night Fights tonight.

George (22-2-1, 19 KOs) was previously scheduled to face fellow power puncher Adonis Stevenson on the televised Showtime undercard of the Jean Pascal-Tavoris Cloud main event on Aug. 11. A right hand injury to Pascal postponed the light heavyweight bout, and ESPN picked up George-Stevenson as its main event for Friday's broadcast. On Monday, however, Stevenson also suffered a hand injury of his own while sparring and was pulled off the card.

Miranda enters the bout on short notice with a record of 21-7-2 with 18 knockouts. He has also been stopped six times. Unlike Stevenson, Miranda is an orthodox fighter.

"I was training for a southpaw for about the last 140 rounds," George said. "But I have no problem with making the adjustment."

All of George's bouts have been fought in the 168-pound weight class. Tonight's bout is Miranda's first as a super middleweight.  George hopes that the six extra days of preparation will not only offer a cushion to make weight, but also maximize his preparation for a fight he was already entering on short notice. He feels he is constantly improving his style and puts forth the effort to one day become champion.

"I've learned if you want to compete at the highest level you must give the sport 100 percent," he said. "You can't cut any corners. I am a better fighter now because I understand that I have a lot to learn. Every day you must learn something new."

The learning curve has increased for George, considering he's 2-2 in his last four bouts and faces higher quality opposition in every outing. His initial loss came by disqualification in a strange bout against Francisco Sierra, where his opponent accumulated a pair of one-point deductions in the seventh round, the very round in which George was disqualified. 

"That was the worst day of my life," George said. "I was hurt badly before I even walked to the ring. I never told my father (trainer Peter George), and I just thought I was going to blow him away. I didn't. He is not a better fighter then me. He just had a better night. If one day I move up in weight to 175, I would love to fight him again."

His other loss was by unanimous decision to Edwin Rodriguez in George's most recent bout. George said he would relish a rematch against the undefeated Dominican. A rescheduled duel with Stevenson is also in George's crosshairs.

"I spent the last six weeks dreaming and thinking about that fight," George said. "But this is boxing. I'm taking this one fight at a time. If this was five years ago I would have lost my mind and went crazy. I understand this is a messed up sport and things happen. But it was very hard on my family and girl. We count on the check to survive and get caught up and the bills. I will not quit because it gets hard. I'm not a quitter."  
George's fan-friendly style and personality has built the Chicagoan a loyal fan base in the sport. His all-out approach is sometimes reminiscent of one particular boxing legend, and it's George's attempt to emulate this fan favorite.

"(Arturo Gatti) was what every fighter should want to be," he said. "He had the biggest heart and balls in the world."

What was Showtime's loss, ESPN would logically perceive this as a win in its attempts to become a boxing powerhouse. Both networks have been aggressive with social media, and have received eager participation and rating spikes.

This article first appeared on The Queensbury Rules and was syndicated with permission.

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