Maidana-Soto Karass: Marcos needs to win this fight to stay relevant
By Dan Ambrose: Marcos Maidana (31-3, 28 KO’s) has done some odd things lately. After capturing the WBA light welterweight, instead of defending the belt and making good money against guys he can beat, he moved up in weight and was easily beaten by Devon Alexander at welterweight last March.
Maidana then turned down a very winnable fight against the inexperienced brawler Keith Thurman recently, and instead has signed for a fight against junior middleweight Jesus Soto-Karass on September 15th on the undercard of the Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs. Josesito Lopez fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. This is another risky fight for Maidana, because Soto-Karass, 5’10”, is taller than him and has a three inch reach advantage to go along with his bigger frame.
While Soto-Karass has struggled recently, losing four out of his last six fights, his losses have come against good fighters in Alfonso Gomez, Mike Jones and Gabriel Rasado. I have no doubts that Soto-Karass would have beaten Gomez had the fight not been halted due to cuts in the 6th round. That leaves only Jones and Rasado as having beaten Soto-Karass recently. I think it’s a risky fight for Maidana him taking on Soto-Karass, because he’s giving up size at a time where he can’t afford to suffer another loss.
If Maidana wants to keep up there as a high caliber opponent that HBO likes to televise then he needs to start winning again, but against guys that are more along the same size as him. Maidana obviously would love to get a big money bout against the likes of Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao, but that’s not going to happen with him taking losses against Alexander and Soto-Karass. Maidana needs to be put in with guys that he matches up better and isn’t at a big size and reach disadvantage.
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