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Maidana says Khan won’t give him a rematch

By William Mackay: The hard hitting light welterweight contender Marcos Maidana (29-2, 27 KO’s) would like to have a rematch against WBA Super World light welterweight champion Amir Khan (24-1, 17 KO’s) after losing by a close 12 round unanimous decision to him last December. Khan was badly hurt in the 10th by a right hand from Maidana, and then spent much of the remainder of he fight holding on to Maidana and running.

However, Maidana doesn’t think Khan wants to give him a rematch, and he’s probably right. Khan has taken his narrow win and moved on.

Speaking on his twitter account, Maidana said “Of course I’m interested in a rematch with Khan, yet he won’t give it to me.”

Maidana probably won’t ever get another shot against Khan unless Khan gets beaten by one or two of his opponents and is badly in need of career resurgence. Khan has a fight against Paul McCloskey (22-0, 12 KO’s) on April 16th. Khan should win that fight because McCloskey is slow and not a big puncher at all. Khan will then fight WBC/WBO light welterweight champion Timothy Bradley in July.

If Khan wins that fight, he’ll be leaving the light welterweight division and moving up to welterweight to look for bigger fights up there. Things could go Maidana’s way if Khan starts getting beaten up and knocked out as a welterweight. The most popular fighters at that weight are guys that are naturally stronger and more rugged than Khan. He’ll lose to WBC welterweight champ Andre Berto, and will get totally dominated by Floyd Mayweather Jr.

If Khan wants to retire after the Mayweather fight, then Maidana really won’t be seeing him again. And Khan would have major problems against Mike Jones and Saul Alvarez. He’ll probably avoid those two like the plague. The only fighters I can see Khan fighting at welterweight is Shane Mosley, who looks shot, and Mayweather. Once those fights are exhausted, Khan will be pressured to fight Berto or Jones. It won’t happen. Khan will likely go after the IBF welterweight champion Vyacheslav Senchenko, because he’s an easy mark for a nice paper title. Khan could beat Senchenko, but then again could probably a good portion of the top 15, including Matthew Hatton.

Maidana probably won’t need Khan to become the most popular fighter in the light welterweight division because he’s already well on his way to achieving that because of his crowd pleasing style of fighting. In contrast, Khan’s running, holding and slapping style isn’t nearly as interesting to watch. Boxing fans may quickly grow annoyed with watching that style in the U.S. and we could see Khan having problems getting his fights aired by HBO.

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