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Maidana deserves a rematch with Khan

Amir Khan Marcos Rene MaidanaBy William Mackay: After helping in putting on one of the most exciting fights in recent years, Marcos Maidana (29-2, 27 KO’s) really deserves a rematch with World Boxing Association (WBA) light welterweight champion Amir Khan (24-1, 17 KO’s) in losing a close 12 round decision on December 11th. Khan is obviously going to move on and likely fight number #4 ranked WBA contender Lamont Peterson in his next fight in April next year, but Maidana really deserves a rematch at some point in the future if Khan can somehow keep winning.

I don’t know whether Khan’s chin will be the same after all the big shots he took in the Maidana fight. He would be already compromised and not the same fighter. It’s happened many times before, and it may have happened in this fight. So, whether Khan loses to Peterson of the winner of the Timothy Bradley vs. Devon Alexander bout next year, I think HBO should persuade/push Khan into taking on Maidana again.

I don’t give Khan much chance in beating Bradley, so I expect him to arrive at a point next year where he will have been beaten badly, and will need a huge win over someone like Maidana to regain the clout that he loses in getting beaten by Bradley. I hope Khan will take on Maidana at that point or even if he somehow, someway gets by the Bradley-Alexaner winner, I still would like to see Khan face Maidana again. Those two created the perfect fight and fights like that rarely happen. It would be a great fight to see if Khan could do it again and squeak by Maidana a second time, albeit with a different referee of course.

Do I see Khan facing Maidana again? Unfortunately not. No matter what, I see him now in the same category as Breidis Prescott, a fighter that will in all liklihood be ignored by Khan for the remainder of his career despite having blown out Khan in a 1st round knockout in 2008. I can’t see Maidana ever getting a second shot against Khan unless he follows Khan to the welterweight division and becomes his mandatory challenger somehow. It would take a long time for that to happen and a lot of things would have to fall in place for that to occur. Still now sure Khan would take the fight or end up vacating and fighting like Floyd Mayweather Jr does by skipping around here and there without really worrying about titles and such not.


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