Khan says he gave up home advantage to fight Maidana in the U.S
By Scott Gilfoid: WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan (23-1, 17 KO’s) will finally be fighting WBA light welterweight interim champion Marcos Maidana (29-1, 27 KO’s) after a year of fighting other opponents. Khan, 23, will be fighting Maidana on December 11th, at the Mandalay Bay Resort, in Las Vegas, Nevada. In an article at Thesun.co.uk, “I wanted to fight Maidana so badly I have given up my home advantage, even though I am the champion and not him. My team tried very hard to get this fight to the UK, but because of Maidana’s demands, the figures just wouldn’t add up.” That’s funny, I thought they ended up fighting Maidana in Las Vegas because they didn’t want to pay Maidana extra to fight him in the UK.
Maidana said he would fight Khan in the UK if they gave him more money, but they didn’t want to do that. It came down to money. Anyway, why is Khan so hell bent on wanting to fight in the UK? I thought the whole idea behind getting an American promoter like Golden Boy Promotions was for Khan to become a star in the United States. How is Khan going to become a star in the U.S. if he keeps trying to fight in the UK? What good is it to fight all the best guys over there and then only fight less popular fighters in the United States?
I don’t understand him and I think he’d better off getting a promoter in the UK, so he can focus on fighting there all then time. It probably won’t matter where Khan fights if Maidana knocks him cold. It will be a hard sell for him to be shown on HBO if Khan gets flattened by Maidana, that’s for sure. He can then go back and continue fighting in the UK as much as he pleases and I doubt he’ll get too many complaints about it.
Khan says “I can assure fans that my team will be doing whatever they can to stage my next world title fight in the UK.” I’m good with that as long as Khan fights the number #1 WBA light welterweight contender Victor Ortiz next. But somehow, I can see Khan fighting number #8 ranked Erik Morales next, and he looked totally shot in his recent win over Willie Limond. A fight against Morales would go together really well with Khan’s win last year against an old 35-year-old Marco Antonio Barrera.
I hope Khan doesn’t fight Morales next, but I bet that’s who he fights. If not him, then it’s probably going to be someone ranked low in the top 15, like Vivian Harris. Zab Judah would be perfect, since he’s ranked #6, but I can’t see him getting picked. Anyway, this is neither here nor there, because I don’t think Khan is going to get by Maidana, so he needs to not worry too much about his next fight. You can’t look ahead very far when your next opponent has an excellent chance of knocking your head into the 3rd row. What Khan needs to be worrying about is trying to not to get blown out by Maidana.
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