Middleweight contender Edison Miranda stopped Willie Gibbs in the first round Saturday night. Gibbs was caught late in the round by a powerful right hand that wobbled him into a corner.
Miranda (27-1, 24 KOs) pounced on him and finished a flurry with another right that sent his opponent to the floor. Gibbs (20-2, 16 KOs) was unable to beat the count, forcing Tommy Kimmons to stop it with eight seconds left in the round.
In his last fight, Miranda lost a controversial decision to IBF middleweight champ Arthur Abraham. He was deducted a total of 5 points for head butts and ghostly low blows. He hopes his victory over Gibbs will earn him a shot at WBO and WBC king Jermain Taylor or WBA titleholder Mariano Carrera.