Canelo-Quintana, Maidana-Matthysse on September 15th?
By Dan Ambrose: Fighthype.com is speculating that WBC junior middleweight champion Saul Alvarez (40-0-1, 29 KO’s) will be facing former WBO welterweight champion Carlos Quintana (29-3, 23 KO’s) on September 15th in a pay-per-view bout with the co-feature possibly being a match-up between WBA light welterweight champion Marcos Maidana (31-3, 28 KO’s) and Lucas Matthysse (31-2, 29 KO’s).
I don’t care for the main event at all, but the co-feature is very appealing but not as a PPV bout.
If Golden Boy Promotions makes this a PPV bout then I think they’re asking for trouble because it’s not going to draw a lot of buys even with the Maidana-Matthysse fight beefing up the card. For the card to be a PPV worthy card, Golden Boy will have to dump the idea of having Quintana as the Alvarez’s next victim and find someone with a bigger name much more talent. Quintana hasn’t done a whole lost since being knocked out by Andre Berto in the 8th round in April of 2010. Quintana has won his last fights against someone named Yoryi Estrella, and then a better known fighter in Deandre Latimore, but that’s still not enough.
Quintana does well when facing lighter hitting fighters, but you put him in with someone good, like Berto and Miguel Cotto, and he’s blasted out in one-sided fights. I guess the whole idea is for this fight to be one-sided so that Alvarez can keep winning and look better than he actually is. In that case, Quintana is the perfect opponent for Alvarez.
Quintana looks like a fighter but will fold quickly once he starts getting hit. If Golden Boy does make these two fights, they need to flip the card around and have the Maidana vs. Matthysse fight as the main event and the Alvarez vs. Quintana fight as the co-feature or perhaps the third fight on the card because it’s too much of a mismatch.
As of now, Maidana is still scheduled to fight welterweight knockout artist Keith Thurman (17-0, 16 KO’s) on July 21st on the undercard of the Adrien Broner vs. Vincente Escobedo card in Cincinnati. If Golden Boy wants to keep Maidana as a valuable member of their stable, they need to pull Maidana out of that fight and stop using him against welterweights.
He doesn’t have the size to compete at that weight as we saw in his loss to Devon Alexander, and he needs to be matched carefully against guys that don’t clinch or run a lot like Alexander. Thurman is too big for Maidana and this is a really a dumb idea to match Maidana against this guy.
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