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Thurman Reflects Back on Maidana's Fight Withdrawal

By Rick Reeno

MGM Grand, Las Vegas - WBA interim-welterweight champion Keith "One Time" Thurman (23-0, 21KOs) reflected back on Marcos Maidana's withdrawal from an HBO televised fight that Golden Boy set for them on July 21 of 2012.

At the time, Maidana was coming off a February lopsided defeat to Devon Alexander. Thurman was an unknown who was making his HBO debut. After initially agreeing to the fight, Maidana decided the opportunity wasn't right and he withdrew. Maidana was replaced by Orlando Lora, who Thurman knocked out in six rounds.

Later tonight, Maidana will face Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a welterweight unification.

"He had just lost to Devon Alexander and I think his team felt that he needed a little bit more experience at welterweight. The fight with Alexander was Maidana's first fight at welterweight but it was also Devon's first fight at welterweight. He didn't even lose to a true welterweight. His team wanted him to get comfortable [at 147], they wanted him to go back to the drawing board and rededicate himself to the sport. If I was Maidana I would have did the same thing," Thurman said.

"His team released an article saying something smells fishy, that something wasn't right, because at the time nobody had heard of Keith Thurman. All they knew is that I had signed with Al Haymon and I was 17-0 with 16 knockouts."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by kingfaze19 on 05-03-2014

thurman is becoming annoying , he's approaching amir khan territory now. just shut the hell up , nobody ducked you thon! just stay patient and build your career. i got maidana by murder if they ever fight.

Comment by shenmue on 05-03-2014

Maidana did duck him, its a known fact. But there are legit reasons for it. Maidana's team were smart not fighting an unknown puncher after a terrible loss for 125K less than what he got for fighting Karras. Maidana would…

Comment by Resilient on 05-03-2014

[QUOTE=Box-Office;14499940]Oh so since, Thurman said he would've done the same that somehow changes the fact Maidana was ducking? If Thurman did that he too would have been called a duck. How is it any different?[/QUOTE] Khan ducked Alexander to spend…

Comment by JQside on 05-03-2014

Thurman should be reflecting back his own inferior resume. Eveyone was fighting better competition, while he was fighting laundromat workers. Where was he hiding all these years?

Comment by Box-Office on 05-03-2014

Oh so since, Thurman said he would've done the same that somehow changes the fact Maidana was ducking? If Thurman did that he too would have been called a duck. How is it any different?

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