Amir Khan Agrees To Face Marcos Maidana On Dec. 11th – According To The WBA 140-Pound Champ's Twitter Page
we may finally have a bet walshie....
Amir Khan Agrees To Face Marcos Maidana On Dec. 11th – According To The WBA 140-Pound Champ's Twitter Page
we may finally have a bet walshie....
You betting on Madaina greg?
I'm still undecided on this one.....
yeah.... i'm with marcos.
no lock though. i have doubted khan for a long time but with roach he has improved.
if it turns into a slugfest , which of course freddy will be against, i think maidana will drop him. if he can use that jab... maybe he survives.
not the best bet i ever made but i told walsh if either of our men win we have to ship off a boxing magazine from our respective countries and eat crow.
how ever it comes out.... we need a fight like this to help this sport. almost nothing left to talk about.
anyway, once a guy has been dumped (prescott) i always go with the puncher.
I'm firmly with Maidana here.
This guy Khan, from his pro debut in 2005, was religiously matched with small guys from a couple of weight divisions below him with zero power, fight after fight after fight (a couple of whom still knocked him down).
Then he finally steps up with Breidis Prescott and he gets splattered in 54 seconds.
Now he's with Freddie Roach and everyone, especially the British press who don't understand boxing, have bought into this 'new improved' Khan. But Khan has beaten five small guys with no power since the Prescott fight. There is NO evidence to suggest Khan can beat a power puncher. None whatsoever.
There's plenty of evidence to suggest Maidana can crush protected, carefully-matched 'Golden Boys'.
According to many the last fight crude Maidana was in, he looked ver average? Anyone see this?
Ok, I am with Khan, want him to win and think he will. Will it be easy? I doubt it, unless Khan catches the guy early, fast and hard, and finishes what
Ortiz could not.
BTW, fellas, what will the excuse be should Khan win?
It finally looks like he has stepped up to the plate.
Greg, the bet was the current Ring issue, wasn't it?
Absolutely boxing needs a fight like this!!!!! About time with all the nonsense lately (BHOP fighting Pascal type of fights are the sad reality at the moment)!
A bet with another member is always a fun game! :-) I'll be watching closely.
Good points in everyones posts here, I really cannot decide. Can see Kahn on his bike and outboxing Madaina, or him being crushed in the first couple rounds! Got a coin? Think if anything I have to errrrr on the side of Madaina. He will get his moments to shine, if he lands something at the right time, it's lights out no doubt!
Now we need the other rivalry in this division, Bradley V Alexander to get into action! BTW, just watched Bradleys last fight, still not impressed, a poor mans version of Mosley is all I keep thinking over and over......then again, Alexander has as many holes in his game as swiss cheese!
Just read that Bradley V Alexander is nearly a done deal!
Looks like we will have a unified title for the first time since Tszyu in the coming year if the winners can get it on!
Welter, I guess the smart money would be on Maidana, as Khan has that
suspect chin, and we still do not know if he has really improved and can show us that his punch resistance has improved. Remember, it was when he was 21 and as a LW that he got cold clocked. Maturity and efficient weight gain can improve a persons punch resistance. Won't give
them a steel chin, but can aid a fighter to shake off the affects of a shot.
I have allowed the man that loss, and will allow him to mature, strengthen and improve. Now, this is the time for him to show me if he has done so.
He has the skills, speed and talent. Will I be surprised if he gets wiped out? No. I expect him to be neat, cautious and ultra focused, because boxing wise he is streets ahead of Maidana.
Last edited by walshb; 09-07-2010 at 08:28 AM.
all fair points. this is one we will have to see.
OTR's post gives me confidence in my bet but who knows ? i agree with walsh that khan can out box maidana. be interesting to see if he can show enough discipline to stay out of a fire fight ..... pride has its way of destroying a good game plan and that is roach is there to do .... keep amir from trying to out macho marcos.
walsh, was it RING or just any boxing mag ? this fight is so long coming i have forgotten .... your call.
Greg, it was Ring. So, we'll make it the issue after the fight, the January one.
This will be a very tough fight for Khan. Sure he has the speed and height and reach and yes he will box and win rounds when he's doing the cautious smart style thing. But Maidana is very tough, very strong, has a chin, and is going to keep the pressure on throughout the 12 rounds and will hit Khan very very hard. I personally don't see Amir lasting through this fight. And even if he does he will be looking like he is thankful that fights are no longer more than 12 rounds, and if he wins a decision the fight will be another poster child of all that is wrong with modern boxing, because Khan v. Maidana in the old 15 round or 20 round days would be a no brainer for the real fighter, Maidana, IMO. But we'll see.
Last edited by apollack; 09-10-2010 at 12:21 AM.
Maidana is having to push the WBA to force this fight to happen, Amir is apparently STILL trying to wriggle out of it!
Ha, I really think Amir has no chance. I honestly think he only likes fights where the opponent is small & can't punch, and he can continue calling himself 'King Khan' after the fights, which will sound pretty ridiculous once he has been KO'd.
Buenos Aires, Argentina, September 8, 2010
Dr. Gilberto Mendoza
Mr. Gilberto Jesús Mendoza
WBA Executive Vice-President
Dear Dr. and Mr. Mendoza,
Trust this letter finds you and your families very well.
The reason I am contacting you guys is to request the World Boxing Association (WBA) to ratify my status of mandatory challenger of the current WBA Super Lightweight Regular champion, Amir Khan, as I am the current WBA Super Lightweight Interim champion.
I make this request in the light that Mr. Khan has systematically refused to fight with me for the last 10 months, even though he was well aware of his obligation of facing the Interim champion. And now, apparently he is questioning such obligation, so I would like the WBA to remind him.
In fact, I have been as flexible and patient as possible during this period of time, as Mr. Khan, his team and trainer Freddie Roach have always cited different excuses not to fight me. On the contrary, I make it clear that I have been always willing to face Mr. Khan, who has made false statements on the media mentioning otherwise.
Eventually, I got tired of this situation in which I had to read surprinsing statements on the news where Mr. Khan himself and his team tried to confuse the boxing fans and media by saying a bunch of lies, including an alleged offer that they made to me to fight last July, which in reality never existed, whatsoever.
If Mr. Khan does not want to fight me, he must say it loud and clear in public and give away the portion of the title he carries and I should be appointed the WBA absolute Super Lightweight champion.
Therefore, I ratify my willingness of facing Mr. Khan before the end 2010.
Many thanks for your kind attention,
Marcos René Maidana
Richard Schaefer – Golden Boy Promotions
Eric Gomez – Golden Boy Promotions
lol, at that letter, Kahn got OWNED!
Looking thankful that fights aren't 15?Originally Posted by apollack
That seems ridiculous. SO, should Khan box beautiful and survive and win a decision over 12, you will simply dismiss it and moan about the lack of 15 or 20 rds?
Look, if Maidana cannot get Khan out with 36 mins, that is his fault, he should
be criticised, not Khan.
I agree that Maidana will be very tough, but to be getting the excuses ready should Amir win over 12 is just clutching at straws.
And, why suddenly after 12 would Maidana NOW be the favorite? He doesn't get it done in 12, that doesn't mean he gets it done in 13, 14.....20. Maybe he will be the one done in. Ortiz had him badly hurt several times. He is NOT
invincible, nor close to it
thats all well and good walsh but it still appears that khan is running away.
no doubt that ortiz had maidana hurt. maidana does not let that fact scare him from facing anybody. no doubt he lost a close one to kotelnik and khan beat him but after watching kotelnik - alexander i am thinking with a little more sock kotelnik would rule them all.
i still believe amir wants the fight but his management is too fearful of his being flattened. if it is not the memory of prescott giving them cold feet it is the fact , like OHR has pointed out, that he has been hurt several times by nobodies. and who knows how many times he may have been staggered in the gym.
i just feel maidana has too many KO'S on his resume for them to risk future monies on that soft head.
Walsh, that's because a stinking runner can only run around like a water bug for so long before he hits the wall and actually has to stand up and fight, and that can often be after 12 rounds, not before. See Duran's lightweight title fight with that one guy who ran around and grabbed like crazy until he caught up with him in the last few rounds.
Adam, 12 rds has now been the norm for over 20 years. Like I said, if Maidana is good enough he will win, and if Khan is good enough he may well win. I don't understand what 12 rds has to do with anything. It's the rule, and it has applied for a long time, and it applies to BOTH men.Originally Posted by apollack
Serioulsy, should Khan win a decision and avoid heavy punishment, are you gonna' diss him for it? I won't, I wil praise him for it, the same way I would credit Marcos should he nail Khan and taken him out.
Boxing needs to go back to 15 rounds for real championship fights - between the best two guys in the division. No, I don't credit a guy for being a champion for running around for 12 rounds. Part of why I take less and less interest in these fights, because too many guys are lauded as "champions" when they are only champions in this ridiculous format where guys can run and grab and be boring and refs and judges help them out. Anyone who likes that...well, you are a dying breed.
I don't think Khan will run for 12 rounds because he does seem to me to have some fighting spirit, and I don't think he can run from Maidana for very long. Marcos is way too strong and too much of a bull, and when he hits that thin neck, Khan's head is going to snap all over the place, particularly since I think Amir has a weak defense and sloppy offense that leaves him vulnerable to being hit. But after Khan is hurt or tastes that power, if he isn't finished, he's probably going to resort to running and grabbing.
Anyone who gives guys rounds to a guy for landing blows between running and grabbing, well, just keep doing that, and we'll see how many folks keep tuning in to boxing.
Jeez, so you think that Khan is now gonna get the judges and the ref to award him the fight IF he runs and spoils and grabs? Seems like paranoia to me. It's 12 rds, plenty of time, and if Marcos is good enough he could win.
Maybe, just maybe the judges won't give rds to a runner. Did you think of that? As you say, Khan has spirit. If he wins it will be because of punches
landed, not spoiling and running. He isn't all that adept at holding and spoiling
anyway. Should he try this he may find that Marcos gets to that chin easier.
Anyway, I think this fight makes for an intriguing one, and IF Amir somehow is tight, fast and accurate, as well as that bit stronger and tougher, he should win, becuase skill wise he is ahead of Marcos.
I don't think he has more skill than Marcos. Depends on how you define skill.
Not paranoid, just realistic. I thought Maidana got robbed against Kotelnik. Watch that fight and ask yourself, who would you rather be?
I agree, Adam, skill is subjective. I happen to believe that Khan is the better boxer, per se.Originally Posted by apollack
Kotelnik-Maidana? No, could went either way. Closely fought almost all rds.
Giving the fight to Kotelnik was just wrong IMO. One guy is attacking, making the fight, throwing hard crisp meaningful punches, while the other is mostly defending, moving back, grabbing, throwing punches that aren't as effective. If that's the guy who you want to see win, then so be it, but to me, Maidana was the man in there and I'd much rather be him than Kotelnik.
Looks like it is on..... oh and see if you spot the usual sloppy journalism by the BBC hack:
AMIR KHAN VS. MARCOS MAIDANA First Presser
by Edgar Gonzalez
Filed under Boxing News
With fans from the United States to England to Argentina clamoring for it for well over a year, super lightweight supremacy will finally be decided on Saturday, December 11, when British superstar Amir “King” Khan returns to the United States for his second consecutive bout to defend his World Boxing Association (WBA) 140-pound World Championship against ferocious Argentinean knockout artist and WBA Super Lightweight Interim World Champion Marcos Maidana at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The highly anticipated bout will be televised live in the United States on HBO‘s World Championship Boxing.
“Maidana has been doing a lot of talking and he’s talked his way into a fight now,” said Khan. “Unfortunately for him, his mouth isn’t going to help him in the ring and I’m going to prove to him that I’m on another level on December 11.”
Maidana responded by saying, “Khan’s been running from me for a long time, but the running stops on December 11. I’ll show him how a champion acts and fights when we get into the ring in Las Vegas.”
Oscar de la Hoya, president of Golden Boy Promotions said, “This is a fight the fans have asked for and we’re giving it to them as an early holiday present. I believe these are the two of the top 140-pound fighters in the world and with Khan’s speed and Maidana’s power, this fight is going to be explosive.”
“Marcos has proven he is a force to be reckoned with in the 140-pound division and we are confident that he will expose Amir’s flaws and come out with his hands raised in victory,” Dietmar Poszwa, of Universum Box Promotion, Maidana’s co-promoter. “December 11 is going to be an explosive night and you will not want to miss it.”
Khan vs. Maidana, a 12-round WBA Super Lightweight World Championship bout, is presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Khan Promotions and Universum Box Promotion. The HBO World Championship Boxing broadcast begins at 9:30pm ET / 6:30pm PT.
Tickets, priced at $350, $250, $150, $100 and $50, go on sale on Saturday, October 2 at 10:00am PT, and will be available for purchase at all Las Vegas Ticketmaster locations (select Smith’s Food and Drug Centers and Ritmo Latino). To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also will be available for purchase at www.mandalaybay.com or www.ticketmaster.com.
So Amir Khan finally tries tackles the demons of his Breidis Prescott loss and takes on only the second puncher of his career, Marcos Maidana this Saturday.
Khan came up as the golden boy on terrestrial television getting huge fame & money whacking a series of small (and arguably) handpicked opponents before transferring to Sky PPV and getting wasted in 54 secs by Prescott.
Since then he got an empty, meaningless technical decision over the bloated ghost of Barrera when a clash of heads sliced the oldboy open in round 1, widely outpointed Andreas Kotelnik to win the WBA strap in a coma-inducing snoozefest and has defended it twice against two undemanding & unqualified challengers.
The question here is can Khan evade Maidana for 12 rds without getting into any trouble. Khan has been ironed out by Freddie Roach but then again the opponents he's faced haven't been able to test him or hurt him the way the likes of Prescott and Maidana can.
He boxed Kotelnik with the kind of fear & caution you'd reserve for Earnie Shavers and Kotelnik has never been a hitter. He also had a habit of cupping his gloves & looking down the rare times Kotelnik attacked which makes me wonder how he'll cope when Maidana swarms him with punches coming from every angle.
Still Maidana by kayo for me, might lose a few rds first, I think he's too tough, experienced and hits too hard for a guy who's been groomed for stardom and steered clear of the nasty hurtful guys like the Argie he's apparently been forced into fighting for credibility's sake this Saturday.
Maidana has at least a puncher's chance against Khan
By Gavin Evans/The Ring
More than two years have passed since the heavy hands of Breidis Prescott shattered Amir Khan’s world. But that 54-second result is the one thing that gives Marcos Maidana far more than just a sliver of hope.
Peruse the form guide and you’d have to conclude that Khan is a safe bet on Saturday at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Last year, for example, in his maiden voyage at junior welterweight, Khan barely lost a round against Andreas Kotelnik (one judge had him winning all 12). Five months earlier, Maidana dropped a split decision against Kotelnik.
Since then, Khan has looked impressive in blowing away the previously unbeaten Dmitry Salita in one round and outclassing Paulie Malignaggi for an 11th-round TKO. Maidana’s recent performances have been wobblier, including his life-and-death victory over Victor Ortiz, when he was dropped three times, and, last time out, a lethargic points win over a 36-year-old DeMarcus “Chop Chop” Corley, who had lost nine of his previous 15 bouts.
Maidana’s record of 29 wins, 27 knockouts and just one disputed loss looks pretty hot, but it does not include victories over anyone in THE RING’s Top 10, and his struggles against Kotelnik and Corley suggest a fighter several rungs below Khan when it comes to boxing ability.
“El Chino” turned professional in 2004, and, for his first three years, did all his boxing at home. His crippling power with both hands saw him racking up 24 knockouts in 25 straight wins, but the level of the opposition was none too demanding. His best opponents were one-time fringe contenders Manuel Garnica and Arturo Morua, so his challenge for Kotelnik’s WBA title represented a significant step up.
Maidana came out fast and won the opening rounds with his jarring hooks. But Kotelnik found his range by the fourth and started raking his challenger with jabs and combinations, and shaded the middle rounds. Then in the ninth, Maidana wobbled the Ukrainian with a huge right and battered him around the ring. He dominated from then on and probably deserved the nod, but the fight was in Germany, so the German-based titleholder squeaked home via split decision.
The battle that made Maidana’s name in America was his atavistic brawl against high-flying Golden Boy protégé Ortiz. They swapped knockdowns in the opening round, and Maidana was down twice more in the second. But the Argentine proved his mettle by forcing the fight. He cut Ortiz, wobbled him late in the fifth, and dropped him with a left hook to the body early in the sixth, after which the American made it clear he didn’t want to continue, and the fight was stopped.
Next came the tall, unbeaten Dominican, Victor Cayo, who outboxed Maidana at the start but found himself down, courtesy of a sizzling left hook, late in the second. Cayo edged the next three rounds with sharp boxing, quick moves and aggressive combinations, but in the sixth, a huge right to the stomach put him down for the count.
Against Corley, however, Maidana showed none of this urgency. He knocked the veteran American down in the seventh, but seemed unduly worried by a cut above his own right eye and was exhausted by the final bell.
It was a performance that probably helped persuade Khan’s backers that this was a risk worth taking. But the Khan camp should not read too much into his Corley struggle. Maidana had been out of action for six months, distracted by managerial problems, and clearly wasn’t in peak shape. It’s likely he has learned from the experience.
Khan and his backers are currently in the fortunate position of being able to handpick opponents. Although he’s rated below Timothy Bradley by THE RING, he has the ticket-selling power that is the envy of all his rivals.
Ever since winning the silver medal, at the age of 17, in the 2004 Olympics, Khan has enjoyed celebrity status at home in the UK, a patriotic British Muslim with crossover appeal. His looks, his awe-shucks manner and exciting fighting style have pulled in huge television audiences, and the occasional tabloid tittle-tattle about his private life and penchant for driving too fast have done little to dent his standing.
This, however, came at a cost: His entire fighting career has been played out under a microscope and every spill has therefore been magnified. After gaining revenge over his Cuban Olympic conqueror, Mario Kindelan, Khan turned professional in 2005 and racked up 18 straight wins and won the British Commonwealth lightweight title, before the rangy Prescott so dramatically separated him from his senses. Khan was shaken with a jab, dropped with a left hook and, after rising on spaghetti legs, was flattened with another hook, all within one minute.
It seemed like there was no way back, but Khan’s then-promoter, Frank Warren, did an impressive rebuilding job. Two fights later, a clash of heads opened an ugly gash on Marco Antonio Barrera’s forehead. The Mexican was gushing blood, but British referee John Coyle let the fight continue until the start of the fifth, which meant it went to the cards. Khan won every round for a technical decision.
In his first fight at junior welterweight, Khan challenged Kotelnik for the WBA title. Under Freddie Roach’s tutelage, he fought a highly disciplined long-range fight, taking no chances. His speed and all-round boxing skill made the Ukrainian look pedestrian, and Khan waltzed home a one-sided winner.
His maiden defense, a typical WBA mandatory, was against the undefeated Salita, who arrived with a 30-0-1 (16 knockouts) record, but was out of his league. Khan dropped him within 10 seconds, and twice more after that, before it was stopped at the 76-second mark of the first round.
Soon after, Khan dumped Frank Warren and signed with Golden Boy Promotions, with the idea of breaking into the American market, and his new backers made an inspired choice.
Khan’s second challenger was ideal for his U.S. debut at Madison Square Garden. Paulie Malignaggi had the required name recognition and was fresh from a decisive win over Juan Diaz, but he lacked the power to trouble the taller Englishman. Khan out-sped the speedster and dominated as he pleased until the fight was stopped by merciful referee Steve Smoger midway through the 11th round.
The Englishman, who turns 24 three days before the Maidana fight, is a superbly conditioned athlete who has developed into an outstanding technician. His gifts include arguably the quickest hands and feet in the division, but he’s far more than a speed merchant. These days, after two years under Roach, he’s beautifully balanced and extremely accurate, particularly with his long left jab. He also carries serious power in his right cross and uppercut. He’s equally adept at leading and countering, and when he breaks loose, he’s a dazzling combination puncher.
The 27-year-old Argentine looks crude and sometimes even clumsy in comparison, relying on aggression, strength, and that well-proven one-punch knockout power. He fights out of a crouch and unleashes big hooks to the head and body up-close, but is not effective at longer range (where Khan is so much at home). Also, he’s relatively easy to hit, and, as Ortiz showed, he can be hurt.
So, the most obvious conclusion is that Khan will box rings around Maidana and perhaps stop him, but boxing predictions are not always that clear-cut. Maidana’s crunching hooks and short crosses, combined with Khan’s suspect punch resistance, make this an intriguing contest.
Maidana says he has great respect for Khan’s talent and acknowledges he might have to do a lot of chasing, but he says he has never trained this hard and that in the end he will land the big one.
“It might take me a while to catch him because I expect him to run a lot, but I’ll catch him,” promised Maidana.
The Argentine will enter the ring with the idea that just one clean punch will be all he needs, and he might be right. The truth is that there have been doubts about the Englishman’s ability to take a hard shot to the head ever since his amateur days.
In his final unpaid bout, a Craig Watson right hand dumped him on his back. In his 10th professional fight, he took a short count against Rachid Drilzane. Three fights later, he fought light-fisted Willie Limond and was dropped heavily and lurched about on rubbery legs after getting up. He was again knocked down against Michael Gomez in 2008 and twice more against Prescott. Limond and Gomez were pumped up junior lightweights and Prescott a lightweight. Moreover, none of Khan’s three fights at junior welterweight have been against men known for their power.
So it doesn’t take much effort to imagine what would happen if perhaps the world’s hardest hitting 140-pounder landed flush on Khan’s jaw or temple.
Khan is well attuned to the danger, but he suggests it has been overstated.
“Maidana is a good, strong fighter, and I’ve got to be careful of his power,” Khan said, “but that goes for anyone else in the ring.” He also insists that his opponent would do well to heed the same advice. “Marcos Maidana is known as a very big puncher, but I think I am a bigger puncher. Although I am best known for my speed, ask people I’ve fought about my punch and they can tell you.”
Veteran British boxing writer George Zeleny has followed every top British lightweight and junior welter since the heyday of Dave Charnley, 40 years ago, believes Khan’s weaknesses might outweigh his strengths against a pure puncher such as Maidana.
“I’m not a big Khan fan and wouldn’t yet rate him at the level of Charnley,” Zeleny said. “He has great speed, boxing ability, and a very sharp jab, but his inability to take a solid punch really counts against him.”
Asked to make a prediction, Zeleny comes out in favor of the Argentine. “He’s certainly crude, and it’s possible that Khan will keep out of his way and win on points, but all it could take is one punch over 12 rounds, and I think Maidana will catch him and knock him out before round six.”
Not surprisingly, Argentine boxing writer Carlos Irusta agrees, albeit with several qualifications.
“Maidana can knock out any junior welterweight in the world with just one punch, but look at what happened last time out,” said Irusta. “He knocked Corley down but looked exhausted by round eight, so he lost his power, his stamina, and his attitude.”
Irusta, THE RING’s long-serving Argentina correspondent, also notes that Maidana has problems with elusive, quick-stepping boxers in the Khan mold.
“When they move around the ring like Corley and Cayo,” he said, “Maidana is in trouble, although Cayo made the mistake of deciding to exchange blows and got knocked out.” Irusta adds that the notion of Maidana as an immovable object is off the mark. “He’s been floored several times as an amateur and a professional,” he said, “so he will have to show a lot of head movement and a lot of bending, with his guard very high, while throwing sharp combinations up close, because Khan is a good counterpuncher who particularly likes to throw those sharp uppercuts.”
Still, Irusta predicts the 10-week Las Vegas training camp under the watchful eye of veteran trainer Miguel Diaz will make the difference.
“Maidana is a boxer who needs to be in control,” Irusta said. “He likes to be the aggressor, and I think he can defeat Khan by early knockout if he’s very focused, takes command of the ring, and arrives in the best condition of his life.”
So, two experts, one prediction: a quick and decisive defeat for Amir Khan. And that’s certainly a strong possibility. In boxing, lightning often strikes twice. All it could take is a single error, and a right cross or left hook could instantly relieve the Englishman of the WBA belt.
But the more likely result is that Roach’s expert tactical know-how and Khan’s immense innate ability will be enough to get them through.
Speed, lateral movement, rapid fire jabs and dazzling combinations will discourage Maidana, and perhaps even carve him up. A late-round Khan stoppage victory or a wide points win seems the most likely result. But with a puncher like Maidana in the other corner, there are no guarantees.
Gavin Evans is a London-based freelance writer and a regular contributor to THE RING
Looking forward to this one. Khan's height, speed, reach and movement are the key here. He can easily out box this guy, but can he take it when Maidana gets to land? Then again, can Maidana take it? Khan can
punch, and he is a very good finisher. Maidana can be hurt and wobbled.
gotta say walshie, your boy has me a bit worried. i hear he has been looking good. physically he seems strong. our bet however is still on. hoping maidana clips him a good one early.
I don't know who is going to win, but I do think both will visit the canvas once or twice.