Should Maidana just move on from the Khan fight?
By Mark Hepplestall: On the 11th of December Marcos Maidana was soundly beaten and outboxed by WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan, this was a fight were the more intelligent fan could see that Khan was going to coast to a unanimous points decision by boxing and moving for all 12 rounds, and then there was the more primitive fan that just wanted to see Amir Khan knocked out. Thing is neither of these happened and even though Amir Khan won the fight by a wider margin then one of the judges had it Maidana still doesn’t see how he lost and is demanding a rematch.
I don’t know why Maidana is moaning as he won 4 rounds at most and conceded a 10-8 round in round 1 for a devastating body shot and a 10-8 round in round 5 for throwing an elbow at Khan but instead of hitting Khan he connected with Joe Cortez instead, maybe this influenced his decisions on breaking up the fight in the later rounds allowing Khan to box in a sport called boxing. Khan dominated in the early rounds imposing his pace and shooting out the jab constantly and making use of the uppercut when Maidana cut Khans range down. Maidana tried his hardest though in the second half of the fight, rocking khan in round 6 and keeping him on the run, possibly the first round that could be given to Maidana without a shadow of a doubt. Maidana possibly won the 7th but most defiantly lost 8 and 9 were he started to become fatigued and therefore slower and sloppier. Khan was also caught constantly in round 10; Cortez started to break the fight up after Maidana almost hit Cortez if you watch closely. Khan possibly took a few shots to the back of the head but no doubt he was out on his feet there but Maidana couldn’t put him down. Round 11 was a great comeback round for Khan showcasing his boxing skills again and lastly round 12 may have been seen as a draw, or to Khan or to Maidana depending on what you like to see. No matter what Maidana lost and after the decision he didn’t seem to surprised.
Well Maidana now wants a rematch and has stated he is willing to fight in England against Khan, well this just seems like he is trying to find any way of promoting himself for the rematch, firstly why didn’t he agree to fight Khan in England first time round instead of refusing until an American venue was suggested? What will he do differently in the rematch, as I thought he was a true warrior but met his match in a guy who can outbox him and tactically has his number. There are other world champions out there that he has a better chance of beating then Khan. Maybe a fight with Jab Judah or a fight for the WBC title once it is vacated after the Bradley Vs Alexander bout (providing Bradley wins).
Overall I just do not see Maidana winning a match against Khan ever; unless Khan’s feet are fixed in cement in the centre of the ring, Khan is too quick, too skilful and has great movement. When your only chance of winning a fight is based on the perception of the opposition’s weak chin then it’s obvious that boxer doesn’t have much of a realistic chance no disrespect to Maidana, he is a good fighter, true warrior, great power but not in Khans class. However I do see Maidana winning a World Title in the foreseeable future.
Khan should fight number 9 in the world Paul McCloskey next; McCloskey has some power, good speed, a good chin and a warrior’s courage which always makes for a good fight. This guy is much better then world number 15 Lucas Matthysse who is yet to fight and beat a top contender, plus the likes of Prescott shouldn’t be shouting his mouth off, he hasn’t really done anything except lose since his knockout win against Khan 3 years ago.
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