December 11 2010
Khan weighed in at 140lbs – Maidana 139lbs
Amir Khan and Marcos Maidana have Weighed in ahead of tonight’s fight for the British boxers WBA light welterweight belt, in a fight that promises to be an intriguing battle of arguably the two best fighters in the division.
The Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas will showcase the big fight, where Khan will hope to justify the plaudits and prove the doubters wrong who believe he hasn’t got the punch resistance to mix it with the big punchers of the division.
Maidana the number one challenger, is one of the biggest hitters in the light-welterweight mix and poses the biggest challenge of Khans career to date.
Khan has made it clear his ultimate aim and goal is to unify the light-welterweight division and if he can overcome the Argentinian banger he will be thrust into a unification fight with the winner of Devon Alexandra WBC champion and WBO holder Timothy Bradley
Saturday night’s clash with Maidana will be Khans second fight of the year after his late stoppage of Paulie Malignaggi in New York in May.
“I want to get the mandatory against Maidana out of the way and then next year unify the division,” said Khan
“I’ll take it from there, really. I’ve got the style to move up through the divisions and I’ve got the body to move up. I think I’ll probably be a better fighter at welterweight.
“Being a unified, multi-weight world champion is what I dreamed of. I think the highest I could go to is probably light-middleweight.
“Hopefully I’ll be cleaning this division up then moving up and fighting for a title at welterweight before another at light-middleweight, pushing for that.
“I think I’ve got the skills and everything. I’m with the right team as well and I’m sure they can take me that way.”
Maidana’s fearsome record reads 29 wins – 27 of them inside the distance – with one loss, against former WBA champion and Khan victim Andreas Kotelnik.
“I’m not worried about his boxing ability,” said the Argentinian. “I’m prepared for anything that he does.
“If I can get a knockout it’s good, but I’m ready for a 12-round fight. Khan says that he plans to fight with me. That’s good for me, because when I land, the fight will be over.”
- Khan eyes unification bouts (mirror.co.uk)
- Marcos Maidana clash will be the fight of the year, says Amir Khan (guardian.co.uk)
- Amir Khan-Marcos Maidana Live From Mandalay Bay: Follow on Twitter: KINGJ323 (bleacherreport.com)
- Khan primed for Maidana defence (news.bbc.co.uk)
- Khan, our superstar (skysports.com)