Maidana: Khan begged the WBA not to fight me again for 18 months
By William Mackay: It seems that WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan (26-1, 18 KO’s) hasn’t exactly been eager to get back in the ring with Marcos Maidana (30-2, 27 KO’s) after taking a savage beating from Maidana in close win over him last December. Khan was out on his feet in the last three rounds and took one-way traffic while having Maidana peeled off of him again and again by referee Joe Cortez while Khan was taking a lot of shots.
Khan says that Khan didn’t want a rematch with him when he attempted to get back in the ring for some reason. Normally fighters that have just gone through a fight of the year bout with another guy, like Khan did with Maidana, are eager to get back in the ring with that fighter in order to take advantage of the fan appeal that their first fight got. But not Khan. For some reason, he wants no part of fighting Maidana again.
Here’s what Maidana had to say about Khan on his twitter account:
“What Khan doesn’t say is that he begged the WBA in writing that they won’t put me in front of him again, like we should have. Very funny that Amir Khan says that he offered to fight a number of fighters and they said no. Khan asks now Bradley to Fed-Ex his belt. Then, Khan should Fed-Ex his to me. Hehe. We asked [Khan] for a rematch and they asked the WBA for an 18 month extension.”
That’s sad if it’s true. Khan going out of his way to get the WBA to let him bypass a risky rematch with Maidana in order to face weaker punching guys like Paul McCloskey and Zab Judah. That almost seems like a cherry picking move.