Maidana's Manager Explains Keith Thurman Fight at 147

By Rick Reeno

Sebastián Contursi, the manager for WBA "regular' junior welterweight champion Marcos Maidana (31-3, 28KOs), explained the reasons behind his boxer's recent decision to continue his career at 147-pounds.

Maidana has agreed to fight undefeated prospect Keith Thurman (17-0, 16KOs) on July 21 at the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio. Maidana-Thurman will be the HBO televised co-feature to Adrien Broner's defense of the WBO super featherweight title against Vicente Escobedo.

In his welterweight debut, back in February against Devon Alexander, Maidana looked very sluggish and he was dominated over the ten round distance.

After the loss to Alexander, Maidana announced that he would return to 140-pounds. But, making 140 was starting to become a real struggle.

"After making the 140-pounds weight [limit] during his entire career, it was becoming an issue for Marcos to keep making it - even before the Alexander fight. That's why we decided to take that bout versus Devon," Contursi told

"After that, we had confirmed that trying to go back to 140-pounds would probably be a risk to his health as Marcos would probably arrive on fight night in a very weak condition."

Even with the weight issues Contursi tried to secure a major fight for Maidana at 140, but the opportunities were dwindling down. Maidana is heading back to 147 and wants to prove that his February loss was simply a bad night at the office. Thurman, young and untested, could be a very dangerous proposition.

"Marcos was willing to make the effort [to make 140] but ultimately that proved meaningless at this time as no real options arose. Maidana wanted to face Amir Khan or Danny Garcia but they decided to fight each other instead, while Lamont Peterson is suspended," Contursi said.

"The only other possibility was to make the long awaited rematch against Erik Morales but Morales turned it down once again. Meanwhile, the welterweight division is fully loaded so we have set that division as the new goal."

"We are coming back from a negative experience but Marcos wants to prove that [loss to Alexander] was only a bad night for him."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by any craic lad? on 06-18-2012

Dont like Marcos at 147 based on his last fight against Devon and supposedly Thurman has good handspeed and punching albeit to lesser opposition this could be big slip up

Comment by Achilles 2.0 on 06-17-2012

Alexander is a beast. Maidana is still a tough fight for anyone at 147. Alexander and Cunningham put a great game plan together. Any fighter that can't nutralize Maidana's power is still in trouble. Devon did what works against a…

Comment by fladz on 06-17-2012

[QUOTE=jsfd26;12250977]Not sure I like Maidana's chances at 147. Frankly he looked like **** vs Alexander, bad night or not. But if he can't make 140 what can you do.[/QUOTE] Yeah that's what I thought. Shame because at 140 he's a…

Comment by Big Lou on 06-17-2012

So he's staying at 147 ? Why make the excuses when Devon beat that but ? he's a natural welter and Devon is just so much better, bad night,LOL.

Comment by nycsmooth on 06-17-2012

Thurman deserves no title shot look@ his record, none-the-less he can take out Midana as his only assest is he's has that tremendous punch...

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