Guerrero vs Maidana is Very Close For August 27 in Cali

By Lem Satterfield

It appears that newly-crowned southpaw WBO and WBC interim lightweight king, Robert Guerrero, is on the verge of facing former interim WBC junior welterweight titlist Marcos Rene Maidana on Aug. 27, in San Jose, Calif., in accordance with ongoing negotiations and according to a report citing Golden Boy Promotions CEO, Richard Schaefer. editor Michael Rosenthal has reported that the 28-year-old Guerrero (29-1-1, 18 knockouts) could face the 27-year-old Maidana (30-2, 27 KOs) of Argentina not far from Guerrero's hometown of Gilroy, Calif.

Guerrero is coming off of an April 9, victory over Australia's hard-punching Michael Katsidis (27-4, 22 KOs) that earned Guerrero his fourth, and, fifth career title belts over his third weight class.

Both Guerrero and Maidana have been considerations for 34-year-old, three-time world champion, Erik Morales (51-7, 35 KOs), of Tijuana, Mex., who is coming off of an April 9 majority decision loss to Maidana.

“We’ll see if we can finalize it," Schaefer told Rosenthal. "We’re working on it.”

Morales also had been considered for a potential fourth bout against Mexico City's 37-year-old, five-time, three-division champion, Marco Antonio Barrera (67-7, 44 KOs), who has won two of their three historic clashes.

Guerrero is popular like his Bay Area compatriots, WBO and WBC bantamweight king Nonito Donaire (26-1, 18 KOs) of San Leandro, Calif., and WBA light heavweight titlist Andre Ward (24-0, 13 KOs) of Oakland.

The three fighters were friends who competed on the same amateur teams and have strong followings in the Bay Area.

In addition, if the NFL's lockout continues, the fight's promotion could captitalize on fans of the San Franciso 49ers and the Oakland Raiders who may still be looking for a sports fix.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by johnm is... on 06-10-2011

Good fight. If Guerrero doesn't try and trade with Maidana, he wins.

Comment by dnut17 on 06-10-2011

[QUOTE=IslaSimio;10673475]Robert schools maidana he will not lose his focus on his game plan like ortiz did vs el dirty chino[/QUOTE] Maidanas over rated. He's a dirty ass fighter elbows behind the head low blows no skills just good pop and…

Comment by shenmue on 06-10-2011

Really tough fight for both guys, really want Maidana to win but it really is a 50 /50 fight IMO.

Comment by Terrel on 06-10-2011

A very good fight. I cant really side with anyone yet, ill wait til we closer to the date (if it gets done)

Comment by Rome-By-Ko on 06-10-2011

I'm picking RG by UD,I'm very interested in how RG takes Maidanas power..If he handles it(which I think he will)Maidana has no shot..

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