I read an interesting article, by British trainer Frank Warren this morning, discussing Amir Khan's defection to Golden Boy Promotions.
It brought up quite a few interesting points about the complexity of promotion in general, and why fighters position themselves with certain companies.
It seems Warren was only able to get Khan his WBA title shot with Koletnik on the principle that he guaranteed that if he won, his first defence would be against Marcos Maidana.
In effect Koltenik had to re-match Maidana, but Warren was able to nip in first, on the principle that he would honour the same agreement if his figher in fact won.
Amir Khan's father, Shah, was not happy about this deal. Neither was his trainer Freddie Roach. Roach, in fact, stated that it was "not good business" to take on such a dangerous puncher in his first defence.
In short, they probably think it's a lose-able bout.
Amir's father claimed that the Maidana deal was kept from him, and they were only informed of the clause after they had won the fight.
Warren doesn't exactly have a reputation for being the most honest promoter in the world, so there may well be some substance behind these claims.
They did, however, realise that the deal was only tied to Warren's promotional company. It was an official WBA request, but the actual fight agreement was a deal done only between Warren and Peter Kohl. He couldn't side step the bout under Warren's banner.
So he moved.
Golden Boy have postured that they are trying to negotiate the same deal. But nothing has happened. And there is a good chance that nothing will.
Warren claims that he was recently approached by Lou Dibella, to inform him that Dibella promotions had recently been approached by Golden Boy, to set up a Paulie Malignaggi bout instead.
So don't be that surprised if the fight never happens.
A source has told me that Golden Boy want Khan to make numerous defences of the belt, before they match him with Maidana.
They are trying to create a deal, where they put Maidana on a few Khan undercards, before eventually bringing them together in a few years.
The problem being that Maidana has gone from having a guaranteed shot, to "maybe" having one in a few years if he carries on winning.
In Schaefer's own words:
"A situation where they are on the same card, rather than facing off, would make sense. Let's build up the fight. We want to explore what other fights are out there."
"Amir has not said to me, nor has Freddie said to me, that they are afraid to fight Maidana," Schaefer said. "But at this point of his career, there are other bigger names out there"
Roughly translated, Team Khan, Roach and Golden Boy don't think he's ready.