Schaefer Expects Explosive Ending in Maidana-Thurman

By Rick Reeno

Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer has advised that he fully expects an explosive ending in the upcoming welterweight fight between Keith Thurman (17-0, 16KOs) and Marcos Maidana (31-3, 28KOs).

The HBO televised fight takes place at Cincinnati's U.S. Bank Arena on July 21. WBO super featherweight champion Adrien Broner takes on Vicente Escobedo in the televised main event.

Thurman is the bigger man, a career welterweight, and fought as high as 152-pounds. Maidana made his welterweight debut in February and he was dominated over ten rounds by Devon Alexander. However, Maidana is now being trained by Robert Garcia and promises to redeem himself in the ring. Thurman, like Alexander, has the very influential Al Haymon as part of his management team.

"That's going to be an interesting fight because Keith Thurman is undefeated, a big puncher. Again, just because somebody doesn't know somebody that doesn't mean they can't fight. And maybe Keith Thurman is not as well known [as Maidana], but I can tell you one thing - Keith Thurman can fight and Keith Thurman can punch. This is going to be another one of those [Humberto] Soto-[Lucas] Matthysee kind of fights - I can guarantee you. Leave the judges at home," Schaefer told

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Ringlife on 06-26-2012

This fight is going to be better then the main event trust me.

Comment by Body Movin' on 06-26-2012

maidana needs a good showing here because his last two fights on HBO haven't been a spectacular look for him.

Comment by mushahadeen on 06-26-2012

[QUOTE=Primera;12283016]Maidana seems to be very comfortable around the new Oxnard pals. Let's see what Robert Garcia has done with Maidana.[/QUOTE] Can't wait to see Maidana back in the ring.

Comment by Primera on 06-26-2012

Maidana seems to be very comfortable around the new Oxnard pals. Let's see what Robert Garcia has done with Maidana.

Comment by richardt on 06-26-2012

No one knows if Thurman has power. It's one thing to KO lower-level fighters, another thing to do that on an elite level. Like Atlas says, is it the power, or is it the opposition? At this point Thurman is…

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