What does Amir Khan and Marcos Maidana have in common aside from fighting in the Jr. Welterweight Division?
Ans: Andreas Kotelnik
Last February, Maidana fought Kotelnik in 12 action-packed rounds, displaying great knack for the offensive which put Kotelnik in the defensive mode for most of the bout's duration.
Skillful counter-punching saved the day for Kotelnik, however, and got away with a split decision victory, and left quite a bitter after-taste for the then-belt-hungry Maidana.
In quest for a title, Maidana unleashed frustration and fury on the unlucky and over-hyped Victor Ortiz in 6 full rounds of non-stop action that also featured an exchange of knockdowns before Ortiz gave up on the onslaught.
Maidana won the Interim WBA Light Welterweight Title plus a great budding fan base in the world stage.
Last July, Khan dominated Kotelnik in a very convincing fashion from middle rounds until the bout's end and stripped him off his WBA Light Welterweight Championship, and somehow erased quite a deal of doubt most especially on his ability to take a punch.
Khan displayed great over-all skills improvement, and convinced a lot of the sport's aficionados that he rightfully belong to the division currently regarded as a talent pool - the welterweight division.
If there are budding stars out there that's quite much-awaited in terms of skills and fight excitement, Khan and Maidana would definitely come into most people's minds.
Khan would fit perfectly into the the skills criteria, and Maidana into the general fight excitement.
If ever the two is pitted against each other, which I definitely hope to happen sooner, the bout would be reminiscent of the very 1st Manny Pacquiao Vs. Eric Morales bout, where the fight veteran Morales, well-honed in terms of skills, pushed his skills to even more higher limits to subdue the raging slugger Pacquiao in 12 full rounds of exciting battle.
We can expect Khan to be pushed to his outer limits in terms of boxing skills most especially in keeping the constantly rushing Maidana at bay, who's known to employ such offense for most of the time.
I wouldn't say though that the outcome would be the same on Khan-Maidana. In his most recent fight, Maidana displayed awesome sturdiness and showed the world that no K.O. can keep him down for long.
Khan on the other hand, is showing that he's got more room for improvement under the tutelage of famed trainer Freddie Roach, and that we haven't seen the best of him yet.
I'd say Boxing needs these types of fight - fights that pit two fighters of different styles. Most of the time, they make the most exciting fights.