By Jordan Stoddart
In some interesting breaking news, Marcos Maidana (31(28)-3) has allegedly pulled out of the planned July welterweight clash with Keith Thurman (17(16)-0), which was to due be screened on HBO. This comes at the same time as Golden Boy promotions coming announcement regarding the next opponent for Saul Alvarez, who is booked for his maiden pay-per-view show at the MGM Grand this September. One would assume that this timely news is related to Canelo’s next foe, although there has been talk of an all-Argentinian clash between Lucas Matthysse and Maidana of late.
There had been a lot of criticism directed at HBO for making the palnned fight between Maidana and Thurman on the network, even though the duel did look good on paper, with the undefeated American boasting a near perfect KO record. To be fair, Maidana was coming off a poor performance against former light-welterweight champion Devon Alexander, although it was his first fight at the 147 lb mark. The Argentinian differed on which weight class to be involved in after the points loss, before a wise move to renowned trainer Robert Garcia who also trains Nonito Donaire and Kelly Pavlik. I do feel, and many do not, that Thurman would have been a dangerous assignment for Maidana, but a step up to the 154 lb arena to face a fighter of the Mexicans calibre could be suicidal. Contrary to other news sites reporting that the fighter had revealed all on his Twitter account, the Buenos Aires brawler actually stated “I am listening to my councils. Many told me that Canelo is very big for me and I accepted. That is the end of the story.”
The reported news of Maidana’s withdrawal from the Thurman contest could mean one of two things. A brave step up to face the talented Alvarez, or a mouthwatering clash with fellow Argentinian brawler Lucas Matthysse. I subscribe to the latter theory. Matthysse is coming off an explosive stoppage win over the seriously talented Humberto Soto, and as we reported here earlier in the week, there had been discussions about a possible fight in their homeland later in the year. This option would be beneficial in the sense of an even match-up, although the dangerous Matthysse is arguably one of the hottest prospects in boxing right now, and needs to be showcased to casual fans of the sport sooner rather than later.
As for Alvarez (40(29)-0-1), an awful lot of boxers operating between welterweight and light-middleweight have thrown their name into the mix to face the Mexican star for his first headline PPV show in Las Vegas on September 15th. The planned fight has been cursed to an extent, even though it has been in the pipeline for some time now. Earlier deals to face James Kirkland and Paul Williams fell through, then Victor Ortiz lost to Josesito Lopez last week in the biggest upset of the year. An assortment of names including Miguel Cotto, Austin Trout, Carlos Molina, Erislandy Lara and Cornelius Bundrage have been mentioned, but Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer has confirmed it will not be the latter two, and an announcement will be made this coming Monday.
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