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WBA confirms Khan vs. Maidana will be taking place – Breaking News

Amir Khan Marcos Rene MaidanaBy Eric Thomas: The World Boxing Association has reportedly confirmed that WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan will be fighting WBA interim champion Marcos Maidana for a fight that should be taking place in April, likely on the undercard of the Bernard Hopkins vs. Roy Jones Jr. bout on the 17th. An agreement has been made between Khan and Maidana’s management teams.

The location and the exact day still have to be determined for the fight. It was thought previously that Khan would vacate his title rather than face the dangerous Maidana. There was also rumors of Khan taking a fight in between the Maidana bout. However, it’s now looking as if Khan will be going straight into the Maidana fight without squeezing in another fight before that.

This news will no doubt delight many of Khan’s boxing fans, because they wanted to see Khan face the big bitter and not run from him. This will be a risky fight for Khan, because Maidana hits hard and Khan’s chin has been his weakness since turning pro five years ago. Up to this point in his career, Khan has faced only one big puncher – Breidis Prescott – and was promptly knocked out in one round by Prescott in September 2008.

Khan never attempted to avenge the defeat to Prescott, something that didn’t endear him to some of his fans and critics. Maidana hits hard enough to draw comparisons to the Khan-Prescott fight and if Khan can’t find a way to avoid Maidana’s big shots, he could find himself another knockout victim.

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