Maidana to Khan: You owe me a rematch; I’ll fight you on April 20th!
By Scott Gilfoid: Former WBA light welterweight champion Marcos Maidana (33-3, 30 KO’s) has volunteered to be Amir Khan’s next opponent on April 20th this year, and he says Khan owes him a rematch after his win over him back in December 2010.
Khan’s promoter Richard Schaefer of Golden Boy Promotions is currently looking at Vyacheslav Senchenko, Victor Ortiz [Who Maidana knocked out] and Josesito Lopez as possible opponents for Khan’s April 20th fight. Not surprisingly, Maidana’s name has wasn’t mentioned as one of the candidates despite the fact that his 2010 fight with Khan was one of the most exciting fights of the year.
Maidana said this on his twitter: “We [Khan] say it’s unfinished business. Let’s finish it April 20th…he owes me a rematch. He has a date April 20. We all know Khan WONT give me the rematch. But I just have some fun making him uncomfortable…Please dont ppl start saying weight is an obstacle for Khan to rematch me. He said today he’d fight Ortiz and Senchenko, who are welters..he owes me a rematch. & since he’s looking for a foe I’m ready for April.”
Yeah, I think it’s safe to say that Khan won’t be selecting Maidana to fight on April 20th, and I don’t think Golden Boy would let Khan fight Maidana even if he asked for that fight. It was too close of a call last time they fought, and if things had things had been a little different, such as having a referee that was less involved, Maidana would have probably knocked Khan out.
Maidana badly hurt Khan in the 10th round but when he attempted to finish him off the referee kept jumping in to pull Maidana off of Khan and then separating them. The constant breaks in the action in the 10th and 11th rounds were all Khan needed to survive those rounds and win the fight.
Khan definitely can’t use the weight excuse for not fighting Maidana, a welterweight, because Ortiz, Lopez and Senchenko are all welterweights. I’d favor Maidana over all three of them. I mean, he already knocked out Ortiz, so I don’t know why Ortiz’s name is on among the list and Maidana’s. Ortiz has lost his last two fights by stoppages, and Lopez was just knocked out by Saul Alvarez, and Senchenko was stopped by Paulie Malignaggi last year.
It just looks like Khan is being set up for another safe pick like in his last fight against lightweight Carlos Molina. I don’t think Golden Boy want to put the fragile chinned Khan in with a puncher like Maidana again, which is too bad because if Khan can’t beat Maidana then he certainly won’t be able to beat Danny Garcia in a rematch.