Maidana still without an opponent for August 27th date
By Dan Ambrose: WBA light welterweight champion Marcos Maidana (30-2, 27 KO’s) is without an opponent for his previously scheduled fight date on August 27th. Maidana was supposed to be fighting Robert Guerrero, but he injured his left shoulder during a sparring session this week and won’t be able to make the fight.
Golden Boy Promotions, who handles Maidana, are trying to find a last minute replacement but haven’t had much luck. Former WBC lightweight champion Humberto Soto was reportedly asked to step in and fight Maidana, but he declined. Soto recently moved up to light welterweight because of his problems making the 135 pound lightweight limit.
It’s disappointing to see him turning down a title shot against Maidana, because the objective is to try and get a title shot. Who knows if Soto will ever make it into a title fight given that he’s fighting at a new weight against bigger fighters. Maidana said he’d like to fight Amir Khan again if he were interested, but he’s not feeling that fight.
It’s looking like Maidana may have to scrap the August 27th date and wait until a new opponent or Guerrero’s injury heals before he can fight again. That’s sad because Maidana put in a lot of time in training camp and now he’ll have nothing to show for it. Maidana hasn’t fought since defeating Erik Morales by a 12 round decision last April. Maidana fought well at times but seemed to tire in the middle rounds and let the older Morales have more moments than he probably deserved to. Maidana is better than what he showed in that fight and he’s going to prove once he starts getting some good fights.
Maidana will be soon fighting the winner of the September 10th WBA light welterweight eliminator fight between Paul McCloskey and Breidis Prescott. That’s going to be an interesting fight if Prescott comes out on top, because Prescott previously holds a 1st round knockout win over Amir Khan. He has good power and likes to slug. A fight between Maidana and Prescott could be one of the best fights of 2011 if it can be made.